Will Blockchain Technology Change The World?

Society today is filled with uncertainty  —  and with valid reason. To be sure your fairtrade purchase is really helping a coffee bean farmer in Ethiopia, or that you know what percentage of your donation is actually being given to…

How to save journalism

The state, publications and readers all have a role to play if vital journalism is to remain a viable enterprise The Beaver has a proud history of fostering future journalists, and many of the words you’ll read in this special…

Counting Down My 10 Favourite Inventions

10. The Spork One can only imagine how consumers got by before the advent of the spork. It was a stroke of awesome genius to combine the pricking ability of a fork with the scooping power of a spoon. Patents…

Politics And Progress: The State Of European Tech

Our very own Features Editor Rajan Soni explores what the seismic shifts in the global order mean for startups in Europe today Technological progress is often considered an inevitable and unstoppable force, immune to the effects of the outside world.…

Someone Like You: How Big Should Big Data Get?

Deputy Features Editor Kyi Yeung Goh analyses the increasing role that ‘big data’ plays in public life, and the trade-off between certainty and free choice Living with uncertainty is often uncomfortable. It is no surprise then that we would invest…

Black Mirror’s Ideas About Technology Are Flawed

A new year, a new season of Black Mirror. Writer Charlie Brooker’s hit Netflix show (originally completely British-made for Channel 4) is back with six episodes to cause unease, blow your mind, and make you go “aahh, that’s clever” at…

Unboxing The Doughnut: An Interview with Kate Raworth

Features Editor Rajan Soni discusses the challenges facing economic theory in the 21st century with the author of the Sunday Times Bestseller, Doughnut Economics Growth. It has become a byword for prosperity, a synonym for success – a yardstick by…

Innovation: Read It and Weep, Bitch

‘The City is dead! Long live Innovation!’ are the words we hoped would be cried out around campus last week as The Beaver added another twig to its nest of revitalisation. However, as of yet, we have still not received…

Automation’s Bumpy Impact on Social Reality

by Gabriel Zech An imminent, large-scale decrease in full-time employment means that we need to think beyond the noncomprehensive policies of income compensation.   The many ways in which artificial intelligence (AI) could drastically change our lives is a theme…