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Meta Trends and Far Future Visions

From my perspective, all the many trends that I track are linked in one way or a another to four overarching, civilisation-level, end-game "meta trends". Of course, all four of these meta trends are themselves interlinked and interactive, and can be envisaged as four oscillating cyclical waves that pull together, pull apart and underwrite the … Continue reading Meta Trends and Far Future Visions

Questions you should be asking (and answering) about the future

If you are a human alive today, you should be at least pondering these sorts of questions: Do you want to live forever (if you could)? Should euthanasia be legalised? Should you microchip your children (so they can always be found)? Should we give non-humans (aka robots and algorithms) human rights (or human responsibilities)? Is … Continue reading Questions you should be asking (and answering) about the future

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

Universal Basic Income – a Quick Thought

One of the most important rapidly advancing trends of our time is that of Universal Basic Income (UBI). The utopian idea behind Universal Basic Income is intoxicating: every human gets a "free" living wage paid to them by the state. The rational behind the idea is similarly palatable; as Artificial Intelligence (AI) becomes more and … Continue reading Universal Basic Income – a Quick Thought