Other papers I really enjoyed this year included newbie Andy Phippen's rant, sorry, treatise on why wi fi filters in Starbucks are not really the best way to "think of the children"; Anna Ronkainen on whether its better to print human organs in animals, via stem cells or just using lego, sticky back plastic and a 3d printer (I paraphrase, but not much); Andelka Phillips (also a newbie) on DIY genetic testing by email (the consumer protection issues! trading standards will not know what has hit it - my mind reeled), Heather Bradshaw-Martin (ditto, and also Oxford) on the ethics of driverless cars (how would a Kantian car deal with the trolley problem? a Hegelian car?) ; Lachlan Urquhart on the persistence of memory in a synchronic society (featuring "spimes" a word whose time has surely come); Chris Marsden on telegraphs, TEMPORA, the decline of the British Empire, Russian cablecutters, and something about silkworms and zemblanity (oh don't even ask). And it was marvellous to have Technollama back in the fold.
Despite strong competition from Andres however, the winner of the Daithi MacSithigh Memorial Prize for Most Amusing Powerpoint (come back Daithi all is forgiven!) was Paul Bernal for combining privacy, autonomy and Disney Princesses - congrats Paul!
In short it was a vintage GikII. Next year you should all come!