The BBC documentary the Great Global Warming Swindle went to air on the ABC TV in Australia last week and it gave rise to some vigorous debates in our office. It led to an interesting discussion about relativism and scientificity. Some people argued that, since the majority of the scientists agree that global warming is a problem we should listen to them. Others argued that the majority of scientists might be wrong. As I see it, even if the majority of scientists are wrong but we reduce our emissions and carbon footprint anyway there is no harm to the planet, only benefit. This is very similar to Y2K, we all fixed up our computer systems, which was a good thing, and the world was not made worse by doing so.
Author: Kate Carruthers
Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is certified in information security and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies terrorism and security. Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection. View all posts by Kate Carruthers