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(A)I Am

When fallible human priests fail to fill the void, and reveal themselves to be more human than divine; we turn to man-made synthetic deities. Japan's robot priest confirms that we are looking for new gods for our new age - made in our own image, yet perfectly, and programmable. (And not all that different from … Continue reading (A)I Am

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Reflections on the Revolution in France

Reflections on the Revolution in France... a  book written by a rich Englishman of leisure, critiquing the working-class French Revolution from the other side of the pond... Revealing, (although perhaps more revealing of Burke himself than the author may have intended) as much for what it gets wrong about the French revolution itself (Burke was … Continue reading Reflections on the Revolution in France

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Secrets and Lies

I don't know about you, but I cannot live without a few secrets. Without secrets, without a private inner life, we lose our individuality and our sense of self. Today though, we are bombarded with messages telling us that privacy is worth sacrificing for the greater good; for the good of community security, for the … Continue reading Secrets and Lies

Senicide and other such things

I have already written about the inherent conflict between past, present and future generations for earthly resources. I thought, while I was at it, it was worth taking a few minutes to explore the future euthanasia and the great grey area mess of ethics around this concept. First, some definitions: Euthanasia is the practice of intentionally … Continue reading Senicide and other such things

The Library to Rebuild Civilisation

  "The goal of our Manual for Civilization project: to identify books that will resonate with those living in the distant future. What information won’t expire in a century? What literature will still speak to our descendants across a millennium? What ideas can carry forward and be useful tools as Plato, Lao Tzu, Homer, continue … Continue reading The Library to Rebuild Civilisation

Our disappearing, digitised civilisation

"I still have 100s of computer programs I wrote for ZX Spectrum from 1983-85 that are on magnetic cassette tapes melting again in my attic, inc my 'chatbot,' and other programs from 1985-87 stored on an 8" magnetic reel. All less readable already than Egyptian hieroglyphics." I D Pearson There are now around 1.8 billion photographs taken … Continue reading Our disappearing, digitised civilisation

Homo Deus – A Brief History of Tomorrow

Following on from Sapiens, Homo Deus is as illuminating as its predecessor. This volume looks at transhumanism, that is the evolution of homo sapiens (that's us) into an entirely new species: Homo Deus, the first terrestrial species to emerge to have created itself, though a combination of biological, genetic engineering and technological enhancements, rather than to … Continue reading Homo Deus – A Brief History of Tomorrow

Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind

The first of Yuval Noah Harari's two best-selling books on the evolution of human society  Sapiens, just like the book that follows it, Homo Deus (review coming soon), is a must-read for anyone interested in history or futurism. Sapiens tackles the same issues covered by Jared Diamond's (excellent) Guns, Germs and Steel, and Niall Ferguson's … Continue reading Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind

The Blockchain Revolution

"How the technology behind Bitcoin is changing money, business and the world." The book's blurb is on the money. Blockchain technology is revolutionary. Forget bitcoin, The ICO bubble and the global crypto mania craze. The blockchain behind the hype is where all the real action is at right now. Essentially, the Blockchain is the new … Continue reading The Blockchain Revolution