Was Jean-Jacques Rousseau an Enlightenment figure?

This essay compares some of the ideas expressed by Immanuel Kant countered by those expressed by Jean-Jacques Rousseau with regard to enlightenment. More specifically, it considers whether Rousseau can be classified as an enlightenment figure according to the definition of enlightenment proposed by Kant. Continue reading Was Jean-Jacques Rousseau an Enlightenment figure?

First steps off the electronic waste heap, with Phone Blocks

Over the past few decades, we as a global community have put a giant heap of electronic waste on our planet that grows taller by the day. Most of the waste is exported to countries in the developing world where it pollutes the environment and imposes health risks on local communities. Continue reading First steps off the electronic waste heap, with Phone Blocks

Biorobotics: science at a crossroads

Is the concept of biorobotics crazy enough to be innovative? In 1997, a video released as part of Apple’s Think Different campaign tried to convince us that only the ‘crazy ones’ can change the world.  Continue reading Biorobotics: science at a crossroads