AI is exciting and offers many new opportunities. But there is too much hype, most benefits are akin to previous technological innovations — helping make lots of gradual small improvements. Bigger implementations are hard. The general dangers are exaggerated — human intelligence and machine intelligence are very different — but risks do exist. We should worry less about killing jobs or super-smart machines taking over. We need to be careful how we regulate — we cannot legislate for all eventualities; equally, vague, catch-all rules will hold back innovation or force it elsewhere. …

I am a non-executive director and ex COO for Tyler Capital Ltd (TCL), a FinTech-based hedge fund based in London. I consult for and help other companies which aim to leverage technology. At TCL we focus 100% on machine learning and neural networks (so-called ‘deep learning’) to trade financial markets.

Writing in a personal capacity, I share how we successfully implemented machine learning. Please do get in touch if this is of interest and if you’d like to share your thoughts, business ideas or otherwise.

So how did we build a successful AI business?

1. Core purpose — an exclusive…

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Exactly 48 years later, in January 2021 Britain…

‘Global orders have a tendency to change gradually at first and then all at once.’ (Foreign Affairs.)

Covid19 is a growing humanitarian disaster, but given time, the virus will be defeated and most people affected will recover. The political implications of the choices made during the crisis will, however, be with us for many years to come. It is vital to understand what these might be to help shape them. The pandemic may well be a turning point ushering in a new political era. …

Policy Paper — Affirmative Action for the EU to Address the Ukraine Crisis

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Policy Recommendation

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Why not have a referendum on independence?

In the tortuous debate on independence for Catalonia (and Scotland) it’s often accepted that a referendum offers a fair and reasonable resolution to complex, difficult problem. It is after all democratic and who can argue with that? In Catalonia opinion polls regularly show a large majority in favour of holding one even if actual independence has never polled a consistent majority.

It is clear that there is a clear democratic justification for asking voters to decide such an important question. …

Paul Tyler

Fintech investor/director. Brit in Barcelona. LSE IDEAS MSc graduate in International Relations.

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