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Chair in Science Communication & Future Media @SalfordUni / written 4 Washington Post, Wired + found on CNN, BBC Newsnight, TEDx #posthuman

The Olympic Truce is the programme of work led by the International Olympic Committee that takes inspiration from the ancient Greek tradition of Ekecheria, which was invoked during the ancient Olympic Games to allow safe passage of participants to Ancient Olympia for the purpose of competition.

The myth is that it was effective. The truth is likely to be that it didn’t always work, but it worked enough for the Ancient Olympic Games to take place and become historic events that later inspired Pierre de Coubertin to revive them in modern times, at a time when the value of internationalisation…

Last night, I took part in my first clubhouse event, thanks to my friend Luke Robert Mason, and it really was a lovely experience.

It followed a few intense days of switching out my research time from TikTok to Clubhouse, trying to get to grips with what makes the experience worthwhile. Over the course of our session — which was all about where humanity was going and our relationship to time — a few things really struck me as to why Clubhouse is doing so well.

1: We’re burned out with video

The end point of our televisual culture culminated…

The easiest thing to do is to not write at all and just let your ideas pass through your brain into obscurity, often, to be completely forgotten forever.

This morning, I was thinking about a film I watched yesterday called Westworld, a renowned series of ideas about the future, told through the vision of Michael Crichton, now transformed into an HBO series. It’s well worth the watch. Many of the ideas within the film have inspired writers and filmmakers over the last 5 decades, with remnants of the movie’s creators found in such works as The Truman Show, The Terminator, and a whole variety of films that deal with a world in which artificially intelligent beings become sentient. …

This is a text version of my audio podcast, ‘Professor Andy Miah Faces the Future’. You. can access the audio version below.

How does the concept of history change as a result of technological transformations? And how should we think about history, when we endlessly record our lived experience? This episode gets into the complexity of time, history, and the future, to consider how we might reorientate ourselves into a healthier way of thinking about the present.

One of my earliest influences was the political theorist Francis Fukuyama, whose phenomenal essay on the ‘end of history’ nudged me into thinking about my own sense of history, the passing of time and how I situate myself in some broader historical trajectory.


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A fascination for journalism and a belief in its importance has been a constant presence throughout my career. My first, direct experience of the power of journalism was felt at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, where I was able to secure media accreditation by simply having a website. I went to the Games mostly for scientific research, but found myself closely connected with the Olympic media. …

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With the results of England’s 11+ exam looming for many children, Professor Miah inquiries into what we need from the future of education, after having spent the last year supporting his child’s preparation to take this controversial assessment.

Last week was a big week for my son and me; as he sat his secondary school entrance exam, what we call the 11+ here in the UK. We spent over a year preparing for this and it’s been a challenging, emotional journey for both of us.

For those of you who…

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It may be said that the origin of human civilisation is to be found in the development of language, those complex systems which enable us to organize our ideas and each other, and which allow us to develop insights that lead us to alter the natural world in complex and sometimes catastrophic ways.

While it’s true that many other species also have complex language systems, humans are unique in their attachment of sentiments to their languages. The languages we know mark out our identity, our circle of solidarity and affiliations. They…

I have never been the most disciplined of readers. I read a lot for work, but still, less than I should and less than I would like. But lately, I have felt that I am losing the ability to read for joy and I am trying to work out what is going on.

I think it has something to do with the way in which I consume other forms of text, specifically, social media. I have perfected the art of skimming through words and lost the patience for slow reading, the kind of reading that demands that you paint a picture…

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Welcome back to Professor Andy Miah Faces the Future, a podcast where I take a topic from the worlds of transhumanism, philosophy, and science, to think through the questions we face and the answers we have that will get us through these remarkable times. You can access the audio version of this text on all good podcasting platforms, or just hit play below :)

Today, we’re talking about sustainability and whether what we do are doing is enough to get our planet through what must be the riskiest period of human history to date.

We live in a time when the smartest, most trustworthy people on our planet have shown us, with copious amounts of evidence, that we are living through a climate emergency; a term that’s only recently been popularised, but which has been expressed in countless other ways over the last few decades.

There can be little doubt now that there is a need for us all to re-think major parts…

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Professor Andy Miah

Today, we’re talking about whether any of us can expect to have a job in the future or whether everything we currently do for work, will eventually be done by a machine.

It’s one of the age old anxieties about our technological world and a few years ago, a journalist asked me this question. In fact, he asked whether I thought that the rise of artificially intelligent robots would mean the end of all future jobs for…

Professor Andy Miah

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