On Writing

 “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot, learn, unlearn and relearn”. - American Futurist, Alvin Toffler In a world where the half-life of skills is shrinking, we have to get comfortable with the idea of learning and re-learning, just like Alvin Toffler says … Continue reading On Writing

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Anyone interested in the future is (or should be) familiar with Yuval Noah Harari's work. He is one of the great philosopher-historians of our time and he poses the questions all of us should be asking ourselves and each other. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is his latest offering. It's not my favourite book … Continue reading 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

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

On fractals, chaos and futurism

"While we often tend to think of chaos as referring to disorder, chaos theory really deals with the transitions between order and disorder." ~ Fractal Foundation Chaos is just a pattern waiting to be discovered. The present may look chaotic. Look closer. Find the pattern. Connect the dots. The future will be a lot less … Continue reading On fractals, chaos and futurism

the square and the tower essential futurist reading

The Square and the Tower

The latest book from one of my favourite authors, Niall Ferguson centres on the history and the importance of networks in building, shaping and re-shaping human history, throughout the ages. The evolution of virtual, digital and physical social networks, in the form of social finance, social credit scores and influencer power, are at the core of … Continue reading The Square and the Tower

The Tin Men

They say that if you want to be a good futurist, you should read science fiction. It is hard to argue that forward thinkers like George Orwell and Margaret Atwood and called a lot of things right in Animal Farm, 1984 and the Handmaids Tale. The Tin Men was written in the mid-20th century and … Continue reading The Tin Men

Blockchain of all the things

The blockchain is much more than "just" Bitcoin. Here are just three ways the future is about to get a lot more interesting thanks to this simple technology: (FYI, Bitcoin itself, as in the currency, is a wonderful way to move your money around the world without a bank or Big Brother government sticking its … Continue reading Blockchain of all the things

Somebody’s watching you…

If it feels like somebody is watching you, well, it's because they are. Who is this somebody? Pretty much anybody who wants to, that's who: Skynet Your insurance company and medical aid have already sold you respectively on the "benefits" of letting them track your driving habits, through your cellphone insurance app, and your lifestyle … Continue reading Somebody’s watching you…

Is Elon Musk a Luddite?

It appears academia is split. The brightest minds of our time cannot agree whether Artificial Intelligence is the best thing to happen to humanity yet - or our worst nightmare. Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook is on the pro AI team. He is exacted about all the cool technology we will soon be playing with. Yey! … Continue reading Is Elon Musk a Luddite?