The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas is an initiative set up to ‘take the academics out of their ivory towers and engage with the public’. The format could easily turn into a dull lecture but compere, Susan Morrison, ensures that the audience are comfortable talking back to the speaker and injects the evening with some self-deprecating, suitably tone-lowering humour to make the potentially dense subject much less intimidating. Furthermore the move from the yurt in St Andrews Square to the basement of New Town Theatre lends a much more intimate feel to the evening and reminds us that this is, in fact, a cabaret rather than a lecture.
Osborne is an excellent advocate for common sense on both sides of the issue.
However it’s not all doom and gloom. Osborne is quick to remind us that we only ever notice when things go wrong and ignore the majority of time when the internet and technology work marvellously to our benefit. You may be creeped out by Google and Amazon’s algorithms working out what you might like to buy but it’s better than being bombarded with completely random suggestions.
At the end of the day Osborne is an excellent advocate for common sense on both sides of the issue: yes we should make sure to check our privacy settings but we also shouldn’t let fear of technology get in the way of us ruining our lives.