March 7, 2018

Is Humanity really any more civilized today than 1000 years ago?

Is Humanity civilized? When I hear religious group A say that all of religious group B are bad, and then religious group B in return say that all of religious group A is evil, it is a reminder that despite smelling better, living longer better and having more shiny things, humanity really hasn’t come that far since the Dark Ages. Today, millions of people are displaced on every continent – struggles in Syria, Ukraine, Thailand and all over Africa only help to underline the extent of human suffering caused by other humans. Something must be done to take humanity to […]
March 7, 2018

Marcus East’s TEDx Talk on Dark Technology

Last night I gave my first TEDx talk on what I have labelled ‘Dark Technology’ at the TEDx event at the University of Manchester. It was an honour to be part of such an interesting and stimulating event, and a privilege to have been given an opportunity to share some of my thoughts on things that are so important to me! I wanted to share my thoughts on how humanity is struggling to cope with the pace of technological change that is being driven by commercial and scientific advances in technology, and the possible dangers that could exist in a […]
March 7, 2018

Brexit: The Human Cost

It has been a tumultuous week in British and global politics, and whilst I have adopted a pragmatic approach to the result of the Brexit referendum — embracing the vote to Leave, even though I voted to Remain — on reflection, I may have focused too much on the strong economic arguments that countries like the UK, Norway and Switzerland are better off outside the EU, and not enough on the human impact. Today I went to my local dry cleaners, and spoke to the husband and wife team who have built an incredibly successful business in the heart of […]