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The Industrial Society and its Future April 07th, 2008

The opening words of the Unabomer manifesto are these: “The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race.” In by moments of techno-pessimism, I wonder how true this is. There are a couple of things to consider when looking at the veracity of this statement, and most of them are nebulous ...

An Open Letter to Andrew Keen April 04th, 2008

Mr. Keen, I was recently reading your book The Cult of the Amateur when I came across this passage: “Kelly argues that in the future, instead of making money on the sale of books, authors can ‘sell performances, access to the creator, personalization, add-on information, sponsorship, periodic subscriptions – in short, all the many values that ...

The accomplishments of small-scale societies April 03rd, 2008

Let’s say you have a village of 150 people (Dunbar’s number). What sorts of technologies would they have? The basic human needs are shelter, food, and water. Shelter means houses, food means hunting/agriculture/domestication, and water means either a way to catch and hold rainwater or settling close to a river or stream. ...

Doughnuts and Capitalism March 17th, 2008

I work night shift on the weekends at my neighborhood gas station. Night shifts mean lots of drunk people coming in mixed with lots of down time. As one of my night shift duties, I have to throw away the old doughnuts from the day before and put the fresh ones out. ...

Why Sci-Fi Fails February 18th, 2008

I’ll get right to it. There are two things that tend to be the genesis for future oriented science fiction*; an extrapolation of current trends, or an exploration of a possible future technology. The problem comes from the fact that trends and technologies don’t develop in a vacuum. While someone is hard ...

The Practical Applications of Virtual Overlays February 06th, 2008

If you haven’t read the last two posts, do that first before you read this one. While new avenues of media and enhanced interface possibilities for virtual goods sounds nice, there’s a whole other realm of applications for this kind of technology. If the technology develops, these are sort of a given. Physical items are limited ...

The Magic of Wearable Computing February 05th, 2008

Here’s virtual reality technologies as they will look in ten to fifteen years: Instead of glasses, you’ll be wearing contact lenses. They will either contain a small camera, or you’ll be wearing one around your head. They’ll be connected to a computer that’s small enough to be worn all the time, with power life ...

Why We Don’t Have VR Headsets February 05th, 2008

VR headsets are one of those hardware applications that seems like it holds such promise and wonder, but has never got off the ground. In that way it’s like the flying car. Both of these technologies are perfectly capable of being produced today, and the demand for them would certainly be too, but ...

An Actual Conversation January 11th, 2008

I was waiting in line at the grocery store last night, buying myself a frozen pizza after work. It was BBQ chicken, which turned out to be one of the best ideas for a pizza ever. Pizza has always felt like one of those foods that could effortlessly assimilate any other food into it. That’s ...

The Untold Joys of Telemarketing January 03rd, 2008

Being incredibly broke, and not being able to find work at any other place in the great city of Duluth, I’ve taken up a job telemarketing. The company has one of those wonderfully generic names; Teleresources Inc. I’ve always been leery of any company that just mashes their description together to make their ...

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