Author Archives: Richard

Russia’s useful idiot

Just too good not to mention this. So today the child King was crowned. It’s possible that he will turn out to be far better than anyone expects. But I doubt it. Self-interest, conflicts of interest, cronyism and plain stupidity … Continue reading

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All in the mind

There’s been quite a bit in the news recently (in the UK at least) about mental health. Lots of discussion about possible treatments and solutions but next to nothing asking the question “why?” In my book, Digital Vs. Human, I … Continue reading

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Quote of the week

“But the Turing test cuts both ways. You can’t tell if a machine has gotten smarter or if you’ve just lowered your own standards of intelligence to such a degree that the machine seems smart. If you can have a … Continue reading

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School bans snowballs

A school near me has banned kids from throwing snowballs. Oh come on, you’ve got to be kidding me. This is balls. It reminds me of something I wrote in my book Digital Vs. Human. ‘Efficiency’ reminds me of a … Continue reading

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Big Tech Backlash

So I wrote the below (not the above!) back at the end of December, but things seem to be emerging strongly already. Back-lash against Big Tech This is partly a story about wealth, income and opportunity polarisation. It’s partly one … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas to all my readers

2016? Strange days indeed. I’m taking the rest of the year off so happy holidays to everyone and see you in 2017.

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2017 Trends & Ideas

Continuance of volatility, confusion, ambiguity and uncertainty We’ve moved from a G-7 world order dominated by the US to a G-Zero world with no clear super-power. The resultant vacuum is being fought over by just about everyone, including an assortment … Continue reading

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Southern Rail Overcrowding

BTW, have I ever told you that I have to endure Southern Rail most days. This was East Croydon this morning.* * Not 100% true.

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2017 Trends

I’ve been thinking a little more about my list of trends for 2017 and beyond and here’s a little update including a prediction or two. Continuance of volatility, confusion, ambiguity and uncertainty Growth of dystopian sci-fi to counter (or at … Continue reading

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Trends for 2017

I’m taking to the BBC tomorrow about trends for 2017 and here are my top of my head thoughts. I may develop these on this blog, add to them, remove a few…although they all feature strongly on my new mega-trends … Continue reading

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