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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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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

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Social Cooling

The below is a transcript of my recent Pecha Kucha (20 slides, 20 seconds each) talk on "Social Cooling" - a disturbing phenomenon I think everyone should be aware of. Personal data is said to be the new oil…not just because of the industry’s value, but because of its power. And, like big oil is blamed … Continue reading Social Cooling

Chaos Theory

Meet Langton's Ant. Here he is, making his first 200 moves according to the simple set of rules that run the entirety of his very simple little computer-programed world: He lives on an infinite grid of little squares which all start out whit If he steps on a white square, it turns black, he turns 90° … Continue reading Chaos Theory

The race to zero

Blood-suckers beware. If you get greedy with your profit margins, someone - some start up - leaner and hungrier will take your business. That means, lawyers, doctors, bankers watch out. Your margin is your competitors opportunity. Technology is the great democratiser of our age. If your business model extracts more value than you provide, you … Continue reading The race to zero

The biggest trend of now

Selfishness. Me me me. That's the biggest trend of today. If you are a marketer, appeal to your target market's selfish ambitions and narcissistic  tendencies and you will win them over. The Guardian recently published an article on the current "epidemic of narcissism". The article speaks truth, and we're only just embarking on our collective … Continue reading The biggest trend of now