Monthly Archives: September 2009

Who?

Just got this…can’t work out if its spam or not (apologies if it’s not). “The form I am just filling in says ‘Name (required)’. Apparently it’s one law for the rich and one for the poor, then, since nowhere on … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week

“There is no practical obstacle whatever now to the creation of an efficient index to all human knowledge, ideas and achievements, to the creation, that is, of a complete planetary memory for all mankind:the whole human memory can be, and … Continue reading

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Best Books about the Future (non-fiction)

As you can see from above image I’m still largely looking at the ceiling. Here’s my promised list of best books about the future – not ranked. Future Shock by Alvin Toffler The Next 100 Years by George Friedman Footprints … Continue reading

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What Am I Doing Right Now?

At last. The new book is done. That’s the good news. I can now get issue 23 of What’s Next out (next week, maybe the week after that) and catch-up with some issues of brainmail. I think I’m about 4 … Continue reading

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Best Books on the Future (fiction)

Following yesterday’s list of my favourite films about the future he’s my list of best books about the future. Tomorrow I’ll do a list of non-fiction titles (probably a much better list because that’s largely what I read). Again, this … Continue reading

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Best Films about the Future

I’d have another day of deep thinking, so I needed some light relief. Here’s my list of the best* 25 films about the future — not ranked. What have I missed? 2001: A Space Odyssey Brazil Metropolis Modern Times The … Continue reading

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Best Brief in the World

Busy week. Trying to finish off the new book, which has been painful. Got an email from a large Swiss pharmaceuticals company a few days ago asking whether I’d like to go to Prague to talk to them about Macro-trends. … Continue reading

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The Economy

As you may know, when it comes to the economy, especially in Asia, I’m on the side of the economic optimists. I’m at the “they think it’s all over —it is now” end of the spectrum on the recession, especially … Continue reading

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My Schizophrenic Reading List

Thought I’d cover both bases. Nice quote in Faster by James Gleick. It’s a bit trite but I like it. “A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure.”

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On Futurists

It seems to me that there are broadly two types of futurist (or futurologist) around at the moment. One is the doomsday or Apocalyptic futurist. Climate change, population growth, global pandemics, peak water, rogue asteroids, artificial intelligence, Generation Y — … Continue reading

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