Category Archives: Books

Random # 2

Posted in Books, Random thoughts | Leave a comment

No time to be a kid these days

I’m aware of students that no longer attend university lectures, preferring instead to watch their lectures online at 1.5x speed (going backwards if they don’t understand something). However, I was having a chat with someone today and heard a new … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Digital culture, Education, Slow, Weak Signals | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in AI, Books | Leave a comment

Trumpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall

I know. Where’s Watson been? To be honest with you my heart has not been in it for a while. I’ve been working on the new map but beyond that I’ve not been doing a lot. But I’m back now. … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Government, Politics | Leave a comment

Books and Bookshops

Digital Vs. Human launches today in the UK. Free downloads and more here. Meanwhile, here’s a little something I wrote on the future of bookshops for the Bookseller called Do bookshops have a shelf life?

Posted in Books, Digital vs Human | Leave a comment

The Future of Bookshops

I’m trying to write something for the Bookseller about the future of bookshops. It’s not going especially well. However, I have been doing some research into good bookshops and there are some cracking ideas out there, most of which, incidentally, … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Libraries | 2 Comments

Paper vs. Screens

Some interesting learning going on about paper vs. screens on the children’s book. Because of the small volume my unit cost is a staggering £11 per book. This is perfect-bound and more or less hand-made locally. Stapling may significanmtly reduce … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Publishing, Richard and the Robot | Tagged | Leave a comment

Richard and the Robot

  Did I mention this one? Written by my mum in 1966. Coming soon….

Posted in Books, Robots | Leave a comment

Trend spotting

  It strikes me that if you want to spot trends or engage with the zeitgeist a good way to start is to look at what people are reading, watching or listening to. A good example is the recent US … Continue reading

Posted in Books, counter-trends, Trend watching | Leave a comment

Historical books about the future

                        Just going on a tour of the science fiction library at Imperial College. Coincidently, I’m getting rather interested in acquiring original copies of old books that consider the … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Forecasts & forecasting, History of the future, Predictions, The Future | Leave a comment