The Wiki Man

Raising the threshold crappiness

7 October 2017 9:00 am

I love anything open late at night. Never mind ‘the sigh of midnight trains in empty stations’; even mundane activities…

Make life easier and all else will follow

23 September 2017 9:00 am

You can try to change people’s minds, but this is difficult. You can bribe people to change their behaviour, but…

Migration is complicated. Don’t pretend it’s not

9 September 2017 9:00 am

I expect you’ve already noticed it, but in case you’ve been living in a cave or an economics faculty for…

Want greater diversity? Try being less fair

26 August 2017 9:00 am

In its hasty dismissal of James Damore, Google showed a worrying disregard for one of the most important freedoms within…

Sutherland’s Law of Bad Maths

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Imagine for a moment a parallel universe in which shops had mostly not yet been invented, and that all commerce…

The right kind of dumbing down

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Thanks to meteoric advances in computational power, it is now possible to take abundant data from a wide range of…

To buy cheap art, buy architecture

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Of the 375,000 listed buildings in England only 2.5 per cent are Grade I. Half are churches; many are otherwise…

Why driverless showers are key to the housing crisis

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Although it is commonly assumed that faster-than-sound passenger travel died with Concorde, this isn’t quite true: it overlooks the Caledonian…

Universities should offer one-year courses

17 June 2017 9:00 am

In every respect bar one, those bloody Corbyn-supporting students have a much tougher time of it than I did, what…

Don’t look for any merit in meritocracy

3 June 2017 9:00 am

A few years ago, someone asked me how to fix social care costs for the elderly. One eventual idea of…

Why we need paper promises

20 May 2017 9:00 am

When you get into a taxi, there’s usually a framed sheet of paper describing what you pay for your trip:…

The MBA idiocies that ruin everything

6 May 2017 9:00 am

I rang a company’s call centre the other day, and the experience was exemplary: helpful, knowledgeable, charming. The firm was…

Fund a fisherman or finance a film

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Crowdfunding is a promising idea, and has created useful products. The Canary home-security system I wrote about recently was funded…

All hail the new taxi-card revolution

8 April 2017 9:00 am

From October last year, it was compulsory for all London black cabs to accept payment by card. London cabbies aren’t…

How I learned to love the airport bus

25 March 2017 9:00 am

After landing at Gatwick, the plane taxied for five minutes or so and then came to a halt in the…

Technology and the winner-takes-all effect

11 March 2017 9:00 am

I was exchanging emails with someone the other day and signed off with the sentence ‘let me know when you…

Technology and the winner-takes-all effect

9 March 2017 3:00 pm

I was exchanging emails with someone the other day and signed off with the sentence ‘let me know when you…

Thank God for overpriced lawyers!

23 February 2017 3:00 pm

When you buy a house in Britain, there is an extensive and well-established series of checks you must perform to…

Thank God for overpriced lawyers!

23 February 2017 3:00 pm

When you buy a house in Britain, there is an extensive and well-established series of checks you must perform to…

My alarm call for GPs

11 February 2017 9:00 am

A few months ago I was stuck in traffic on my way to give a talk at the Royal College…

My alarm call for GPs

9 February 2017 3:00 pm

A few months ago I was stuck in traffic on my way to give a talk at the Royal College…

My alarm call for GPs

9 February 2017 3:00 pm

A few months ago I was stuck in traffic on my way to give a talk at the Royal College…

Vinyl madness

28 January 2017 9:00 am

I was at home enjoying an online episode of Tales of the Texas Rangers when my daughter interrupted me, wanting…

Vinyl madness

26 January 2017 3:00 pm

I was at home enjoying an online episode of Tales of the Texas Rangers when my daughter interrupted me, wanting…

Making work for ourselves

14 January 2017 9:00 am

In 1929 John Maynard Keynes predicted that by 2029 people in the developed nations could enjoy a perfectly civilised standard…