Telling Siri to shut-up

Marnie Hughes Warrington used to write about the complexities of university management. Now she poses hard questions

In her new series the ANU historian is thinking aloud about the way history is constructed, by people asking or ignoring hard questions and embracing or avoiding ambiguity. It’s an issue embedded in the way we live now, when Siri can tell us what we should have asked and Amazon knows what we want to read. And it imposes an artificial certainty on us. “Sometimes you are the one that should be asked the question; or told about things you did not ask for; or told that there is no simple yes or no,” she writes. Great issues to address, on the day the election was called.


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