Gemma Milne

Gemma Milne


Gemma is a Scottish creative science nerd obsessed with tech, design, Irn Bru and pi. She is a Writer & Podcaster, Forbes contributor and freelance writer for The Guardian, Singularity Hub, The Drum, Adweek, Imperica & Ogilvydo, covering science, tech, culture and politics.

Gemma is also Co-Founder of Science: Disrupt – an organisation connecting the innovators, iconoclasts & entrepreneurs intent on creating change in science. Science: Disrupt produces podcasts, events and editorial, and has brought together a large community (both on and off-line) of brilliant thinkers and do-ers. They focus on biotech, energy, space, health, advanced computing & changing the way we do academic research.

Gemma is an International speaker having delivered keynotes at SXSW, TEDx, WPP Stream, Cannes Lions and Dubai Lynx and works with the World Economic Forum as one of their Global Shapers.

Gemma is currently training for her pilot’s license and previously, she was the Tech Innovation Strategist at Ogilvy Labs.

Photo credit: George Gottlieb


Gemma Milne @gemmamilne

"Are you saying that this government is purposefully scuppering any chance of a deal?"
"Absolutely. That's exactly what I'm saying."
@RMTunion Mick Lynch on where the blame lies for the ongoing #RailStrikes

I thought this was fun and great and interesting:

Glasgow was looking cracking on my run this morning lads 👌

Randomly: kudos to (former?) security folks at Twitter who apparently put in place (built?) a system so that people with access to high level, extremely powerful tools (e.g. to look at other people's DMs) have watermarks on their screens in case someone, you know, takes a photo.

So we've now had two long threads, presented as if they were revealing some big conspiracy, that basically, just... confirmed a bunch of things the company had already said publicly, and showed pretty standard (boring) trust & safety work.

What a world.

There are some mildly interesting details in here but presenting it as some new and shocking and secret finding is either ignorant or disingenuous. There have been whole news cycles about Twitter shadowbans. I know because I’ve written about them multiple times over the years.

Great piece on how morals are / are not embedded in the language of reconciliation.

Would be fascinated to read (do..?) a study on tech CEO language and compare morally-positive and -negative word usage (suspect they’ll use it to enhance image positively but never negatively…)

The New Real 2023 AI Art Commission: Uncanny Machines

Announcing an exciting new funded opportunity for an established creative practitioner(s) to work with The New Real's cross-disciplinary team

➡️ How to apply here info here:

The fact that I saw almost all these clips live / when they were first posted online and can give you a sociological analysis of the meaning of and community responses to them I guess suggests that I really am now a bona fide triathlon megafan 😂😬

(live sport is cool ok!)

Reminder by a friend & something Angela Davis had shared once. If all we do is practice blame/critique w/o driving/contributing to alternatives. Its (self) comforting descriptive work missing the liberated/generative practice of 'how do we do this?"
We get free by getting free

Why in a cost of living crisis, with migrant women in detention, with a Strep A surge, with all the MILLION issues facing women, is an upper middle class journalist given a huge platform to discuss her petty workplace grievance? Your show has become propaganda. So disappointing

Giving a GOOD one hour talk is a fucking SKILL. It isn’t easy and many brilliant academics honestly are not gifted speakers. Just like having a PhD doesn’t automatically qualify you to teach K-12, a doctorate doesn’t magically turn you into a speaker who can give a $3500 keynote.

You have every right to set boundaries about how many free/minimum wage talks you want to give during any academic year. But if you’re not famous and you want real money to 🗣 you’ll have to earn it with actual speaking skills as you’ll be competing with professional speakers.

Professional speakers are paid thousands of dollars by academic institutions to speak everyday. But a PhD doesn’t magically equip you to become a professional speaker. You have to actually acquire that skill set - and probably representation. I know — because I put in the work.

Many Departments offer $0-$500 for a research talk. Because most academics are not regularly paid to speak, this norm remains intact. Also reevant: the typical academic with no professional speaking experience whatsoever does not merit thousands of dollars for a one hour talk.

Given the appearance of Hadley Freeman on the programme this morning, it is quite clear to me that Woman's Hour is never going to respond to the complaint I sent two weeks ago in a private capacity. I think it's important others read it.

Same. The whole honorarium discourse re academia is rotten - people don’t need to be made to feel immoral for finding ways to fund their life as a researcher. Especially given so few people are funded fully and directly to research.