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


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“Do you work well under pressure?” Needs the response “is this job one that regularly engages actual emergencies (e.g. an ER, a fire department) or do you fabricate urgency through poor management, uneven distribution of duties and an inflated sense of self for upper management?”

Shared this, on splitting housework, on my private Instagram where I don’t have that many followers and the NUMBER of DMs I got from my female pals 😂😂 so sharing here as clearly it’s hitting a nerve

(Clearly you’re a genius @eve_rodsky!)

At last!! Been waiting on an ADHD piece like this for ages. Brilliant @jamesdgreig 👏

Hello! Were you at Kenmure Street on the 13th of May? Do you have footage (smartphone or camera) of what you've witnessed that day? We are making a feature documentary about the day and would love to see what you can share. Email: Thanks! #kenmurestreet

#41: I was expecting great from @HeatherParryUK but her debut (based on an *unhinged* true story) is going to blast your tits off. This is the most eerily fascinating Gothic novel I’ve read in ages, filled with gorgeous, grotesque prose—as if Carlos Ruiz Zafon had written Lolita.

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I enjoyed this WSJ piece, "Tech Giants Pour Billions Into AI, but Hype Doesn’t Always Match Reality"

This excerpt is the heart of it for me. So much energy put into the ethical, legal, and social implications of "AI," when the main point is it's failing.

Every now & then I come across a beautiful paper that makes me answer the question "Is this economics?" with an emphatic YES.

The debutante season was disrupted in 1861-63 by Queen Victoria's mourning. This led to less assortative matching & reduced aristocratic power.

On the lookout for fusion energy people in Scotland - researchers, policy-makers, campaigners etc. Give me a shout if that's you / your pal?

Possibly a stupid question but - how does the IP work for a published novel when it is also the submission for a creative writing PhD?

Like, your thesis gets published openly online. How does the publisher accept / agree to that?

'We need to start calling abortion bans what they are: state-sanctioned forced birth on a monumental scale, which includes forcing children to give birth'.
I absolutely hated being pregnant & it's something *I chose*. This article really captures the torture of banning abortions

A genuinely uplifting piece of news. People who already have money, influence, support and opportunity get so many breaks that are worth so much more than this. This is, relatively, so little and will mean and grow into so much.

I get asked a lot about ‘responsible hype’ by startups who have to pitch their businesses and my answer is to tell a system story, as opposed to a problem-solution story, to avoid the ‘ta-da tech will save us!’ vibe - so great to have research to refer to directly on this!

They said it! They literally just came out and said it!

Great piece from @jonathanliew

The most stunning obituary, she sounds like a cracking woman

This is a great piece by @STS_News and Jeffrey Funk.

Reading the brilliant ‘The Premonitions Bureau’ by @samknightwrites (🙏 @Philip_Ellis!), got curious about bing heaps in Scotland, found this glorious piece by @calflyn, now planning a cycle along the Shale Trail - a fab morning’s reading tbf.

@JessicaLBarnard @RMTunion Everyone rightfully talking about his Kay Burley interview, but they way he doesn't even miss a beat in his response here. What. A. Man.