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The crazy saga of the great CSIRO sell-off

CSIRO’s death by 1000 cuts is creating international embarrassment for Australia. Competition isn’t everything. Communities also need people to be neighbourly, tolerant and well-mannered – the civilised attitudes and behaviours that bind us. Based on this need, we created public services … Continue reading

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The CSIRO spat that Australia can’t afford to ignore

The future of climate research in Australia is an issue tailor-made for Malcolm Turnbull to take a stand on. Yet he remains aloof from the debate. A notable centenary happens next month. On March 16, 1916, a young Australian nation … Continue reading

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The bunfight over super-intelligence

Some very bright people think that the quest for artificial intelligence could become an existential threat to humanity. Irving Good was a brilliant statistician and a World War II code-breaker with the legendary Alan Turing. He was also fascinated by … Continue reading

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