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The machines are coming – but what does that mean?
What do we want from technology? Specifically, what do we as individuals and a society want – and not want – from artificial intelligence? These questions need to be answered now.
The future of punishment: prisons without bars and hell on earth
Technological change poses enormous challenges for the future punishment and rehabilitation of offenders.
“Justice is possible”
Saroeun Sek is an incredible man. His efforts in tackling modern slavery in Cambodia provide policy lessons for Northern Ireland – and personal inspiration for everyone.
The Revolution has started without us ...
The next industrial revolution is already underway. What used to be in the realm of science fiction is becoming scientific fact.
A health check for our health service
When Sir Liam Donaldson reviewed Northern Ireland’s health care system in 2014 he said politicians were incapable of implementing the necessary reforms.
Cold Christmas coming for those on Universal Credit
Without some consideration there could be a difficult Christmas for people relying on Universal Credit. Calls are being made for a truce.
Life in the shadow of the peace walls
To many Belfast’s peace walls are either an embarrassment or else a macabre visitor attraction. Those who live in their shadows are routinely patronised and often demonised.
Modern slavery needs modern solutions
The justice system is adapting relatively quickly to the horror that is modern slavery - but while efforts are stepping up to eradicate the problem, there still needs to be more support for victims.
Charities: the terrible price of addressing symptoms not causes of social problems
The debate about how to enhance the independence of charities took a new turn this week with a startling intervention from Fiona Weir, chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust.
Changing faces of the youths of today
Ardoyne Youth Enterprise helps young people in one of Northern Ireland’s most deprived areas. But times are changing, and the group is changing with them.
Social innovation never stops
Northern Ireland needs greater focus on innovative solutions. Substantial and dedicated funding would help – but good ideas are just as necessary.
Lifeline: the fall out
It has often been claimed that charities fail to speak out on important policy issues for fear of losing funding
The Funding Revolution that gives power to the people
Participatory Budgeting (PB) is an idea whose time has come. Scope examines the model giving communities more power over spending.
The robots are coming and taking our jobs
The Bank of England estimates that two thirds of all jobs are capable of being automated within 20 years. Scope examines the implications for the Third Sector.