Monthly Archives: September 2010

Lecture at the RSA

Did a radio interview with the guys from Monocle about the new book today. I thought this was the first interview but I remembered after that I did a pre-record for the BBC World Service last week. I’ll post a … Continue reading

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Why can’t we switch off?

Here’s a little something from someone called John Timpson writing in the Daily Telegraph today: “I took my BlackBerry on its first holiday in January 2005 and my wife Alex didn’t like it. “Don’t let that thing ruin our holiday,” … Continue reading

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Almost there…

This is almost it. The final version has a few changes (no Steve Jobs with the iBook of Jobs). Geddit? No. Neither did anyone else, which is why it’s gone. There’s also a mistake on the final version attached to … Continue reading

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Blind trust in technology

I was watching the television a few days ago and there was a story about a man that had taken a year off work and was driving his whole family across Africa in a Toyota Land Cruiser. The vehicle had … Continue reading

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Digital disconnection

I’ve just been watching How to disconnect from your online life on BBC World News America (15 September). Some pretty obvious stuff but there’s an interview with Clay Shirky, author of Cognitive Surplus, which I feel I must comment on. … Continue reading

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My new trends map

OK, just a quick sneak peek then. This was done for my new book, Future Minds. Note that this is an early outline black & white version. I’ll put the final colour version up with a link in a few … Continue reading

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New map (not mine)

Hello again. First of all I think I should apologise to members of the Outdoor Swimming Society (last post). I’m sure they are all lovely people and even I would agree that going for a dip (even in freezing cold … Continue reading

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Wild Swimming

This has nothing to do with the new book. Having been absent from England for a while there are a few new things around, some of which I don’t fully understand. Health & Safety hysteria is one example. Tony Blair’s … Continue reading

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Is ‘FaceTime’ a good idea?

I was sitting on a train yesterday, reading a newspaper, when I noticed an advertisement for FaceTime video calling on the new iPhone 4. The idea of the videophone has been around for as long as I can remember, for … Continue reading

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Too much filtering

Professor Michael Abramson at Monash University in Australia has found that: “repeated predictive texting is likely to be training young people to act fast without thinking”. Furthermore, we are starting to shy away from tasks that take too long, things … Continue reading

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