Perspectives on discounting and the long-term future

Imagine that around the year 0, some nice guy who really cared about saving lives was born. If you like, you can call this guy Jesus just for the heck of it; if not, replace him with some benevolent stranger living at the same time. Suppose this fine man (or woman), after the hardships of … Continue reading Perspectives on discounting and the long-term future

Can video games help us predict the evolution of pandemics?

With the outbreak of Covid-19, a 15 years old event surfaced; the World of Warcraft (WOW) pandemic. At the time, discussions appeared about how online video games could be revolutionary tools to predict the evolution of outbreaks. The current events make these discussions more newsworthy than ever.  The corrupted blood epidemy In 2005, this massively … Continue reading Can video games help us predict the evolution of pandemics?

Out of school, excluded from a human right

In Article 26.1, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to education, education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. (…)”. (United Nations, 1948). It has been stated that it should not only be a right but also, to a certain … Continue reading Out of school, excluded from a human right

Should prisons be privatised?

"I believe a big part of our problem is that the very violent inmates, like the three that escaped, [were] sent to private prisons that were just not up to the job”, argued Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard following the escape of three murderers from Arizona's Kingman private prison on 30 July 2010. According to … Continue reading Should prisons be privatised?