If you see the Tesla Bot as a joke or a harbinger of a dystopian future, you could be missing the real threat, which has more to do with Elon Musk’s power than robots run amok.
How you respond to a risk depends on how you weigh the costs and benefits of an action. The problem is you’re not just a logical computer, and emotions bias your interpretation of the facts.
It seems as though every other week there’s a study telling us coffee is good for us, or it’s bad for us. Here’s what to make of this new piece of research.
Climate change, in its impacts on our society, will have the capacity to destabilise and push social, political and economic systems to their limits. We will have to be bold.
We often underestimate dangerous risks because they are slow or we think we are in more control of them than we actually are.
Flood plain statistics can be confusing. There are better ways to think about the risk of severe weather than 100-year storm or flood.
A moral philosopher and bioethicist offers parents some tips for weighing family masking decisions.
The government says hotel quarantine is ‘serving Australia very well’. But if you look at the leaks as a proportion of COVID-positive returnees, it’s a different story.
Even with low case numbers, you can argue COVID restrictions shouldn’t end early. Here’s why.
People have a hard time assessing risk in the best of times. Adding a world-changing pandemic with evolving and sometimes conflicting information has made personal risk assessment much harder.
How do we reasonably and accurately balance the risks of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the benefits? Conceptualising risk can be tricky, but the government’s latest advice is sensible.
The rush to evacuate communities and abandon nuclear energy was understandable, but an error.
The pandemic has made many of us acutely aware of the daily risks we need to take. The ancient Greeks often did not leave risky choices up to individuals alone.
A new study argues for selective border relaxations. But with COVID-19 more prevalent now than at almost any point in the past, the risk would be substantial.
The new SARS-CoV-2 variant is already spreading in the US and could be dominant by March, the CDC warns. Here’s what that means for the masks you choose and how you practice social distancing.
From money creation to COVID to uncertainty to the end of rapid economic growth, Peter Martin’s summer reading list is unsettling and uplifting.
Good communication and factoring in human behaviours can prevent people from dismissing the risk of the coronavirus.
The outdoors is less risky than an enclosed room, but it isn’t a COVID-19-free zone. Here’s what you need to know.
With their different but equally conservative income tax policies, both Labour and National ask voters to consider their own appetite for risk.
Many great innovators have personality traits in common. Comfort with uncertainty is critical, but passion, curiosity and a number of other learnable skills can prime you for an innovate idea.