The Merge of Man and Machine

Cyborgs already walk amongst us. Actually, this is nothing new. For decades already we have been able to upgrade our frail human bodies with a pacemaker to keep our hearts pumping, hearing aid implants to help us regain our sense of sound, and metal plates and screws to hold us together when our hips and … Continue reading The Merge of Man and Machine

“First thing we do? Let’s kill all the lawyers.”

“The first thing we do? Let’s kill all the lawyers.” ~ Vitalik Buterin Don't be fooled by the unicorn-llama-rainbow-UFO shirt. Vitalik Buterin, the polymath, polyglot, wunderkind of the crypto-economy - and founder of the 30 billion dollar smart-contract network Ethereum knows exactly what he is doing. Killing lawyers. Vitalik saw the potential to build off … Continue reading “First thing we do? Let’s kill all the lawyers.”

On Equal Rites*

Iceland has outlawed companies paying women less than men in the same roles. This sounds very noble, however there are two major problems with this legislation. Firstly, there are the privacy and ethics issues around companies having to divulge that sort of information to governments which should have nothing to do with private companies' business … Continue reading On Equal Rites*

social credit scores and the rise of the machines

It only takes one guy

Should we be afraid of the rise of the machines? Of that fact that artificial intelligence rapidly approaching the point of singularity - when the sum total artificial intelligence is smarter than the sum-total of human intelligence? Should we be implanting upgradable computer chips in our brains, as Elon Musk suggests, to ensure that human … Continue reading It only takes one guy

It’s all relative

"We define ourselves in relative terms, not absolute ones. More stuff, more power, less this or less that. Who's up and who's down?" - Seth Godin Why do talks about equality so often equate to moving the top half of the ladder down  towards the lowest common denominator rather than moving the bottom half of … Continue reading It’s all relative

“Should I invest in this Bitcoin thing?”

That's a question I get asked almost everyday. To those of you wondering what my answer is, I suggest you start here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeMv9uKpAZg In short? Do as Warren Buffett does. Only invest in things that you *fully* understand. And even then, only invest with money you can afford to lose. (I'm talking to you, people … Continue reading “Should I invest in this Bitcoin thing?”

Brand activism, the good and the gross

Brand Activism is a key business trend I have been tracking with my work at Flux Trends. In essence, brand activism involves brands stepping outside of their corporate comfort-zone to confront a tricky social issue and take a public stance about what their brand stands for. A great example of brand activism in action comes … Continue reading Brand activism, the good and the gross

The difference between UBI and UGI – and why it matters

What's the difference? UBI - Universal Basic Income UGI - Universal Guaranteed Income In short, with UBI, to paraphrase Oprah, "You get an income, she gets an income, he gets an income - EVERYONE gets an income!" https://media.giphy.com/media/11jENMgBweUYzS/giphy.gif Every person in the country gets the same get government sponsored income - regardless of whether they are employed, … Continue reading The difference between UBI and UGI – and why it matters