Monthly Archives: <span>August 2018</span>

Macallan distillery review whisky and spectacle galore

Macallans new 140m distillery and visitor centre, by Richard Rogers and co, is a suitably subtle blend of hi-tech and theatre designed to put&nbsp;the beautiful business of whisky production centre stage In 2014, Sothebys Hong Kong sold Macallans Speyside home in quest of the limited release of a 495 bottle of whisky. Some of them Read more »

Louder than bombs: my journey in war and music

In this extract from his new book, Ed Vulliamy reflects on his life as a war correspondent and how music from Sarajevo to the Paris attacks can reveal truths when words fail Sarajevo, August 1993 The day before my 39th birthday, I was reporting on what came to be called the Dobrinja water-queue massacre in Read more »

Why Instagrams outfit of the day hashtag is bad for fashion and bad for the soul

There are already 2m of these posts, which showcase new outfits. The snap and send back culture is risky, warns activist Caryn Franklin Almost one in 10 Britons say they buy clothes online just to post an image on social media, before sending them back immediately for a refund; among those aged 35 to 44, Read more »

Magical thinking about machine learning wont bring the reality of AI any closer | John Naughton

Unchecked flaws in algorithms, and even the technology itself, should put a brake on the escalating use of big data Any sufficiently advanced technology, wrote the sci-fi eminence grise Arthur C Clarke, is indistinguishable from magic. This quotation, endlessly recycled by tech boosters, is possibly the most pernicious utterance Clarke ever made because it encourages Read more »