Category Archives: Digital vs Human

Digital Vs. Human (Art & War)




Some people seem to really be enjoying this chapter from my book Digital Vs. Human. Here’s a little taste…. I have a habit of writing notes on fragments of paper. Lines I’ve overheard, book and film reviews, statistical gems. I … Continue reading






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Two Books Same Topic




So how do two people that haven’t met or talked in the last 5 years manage to write essentially the same book? Conversation from last night with fellow futurist Gerd Leonhard. Podcast here.






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Edinburgh International Book Festival




I’m off to Edinburgh on Friday to speak at the Edinburgh festival (12.30 Saturday, Garden Theatre). I’m inclined to somehow weave in the following quote. “Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. … Continue reading






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In conversation about Digital Vs. Human.




This is from ABC Radio National in Australia (a bit like BBC Radio 4). It was recorded at the Avid Reader bookstore with Paul Barclay as host. About 50 minutes. Click here to listen.






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Retail Trends




In my new book Digital Vs. Human (buy here) I featured a ‘future flash’ about a new kind of store. Seems someone has beaten me to it. Here’s my fictional flash… 1 June 2020 I’ve been thinking about shops, partly … Continue reading






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Quote of the week (about digital culture)




After yesterday’s essay something short. “The complicated, ambiguous milieu of human contact is being replaced with simple, scalable equations. We maintain thousands more friends than any human being in history, but at the cost of complexity and depth.” Daniel. H. … Continue reading






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Quote of the Week… and much, much more




So much to think about at the moment, which is why I’ve been rather absent of late. I’m working on something looking at the future of water, some provocation cards for a Tech Foresight 2016 event and something on risk … Continue reading






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C’mon Aussies C’mon…




OK, it’s Brisbane, but you have to start somewhere….BTW, bumped into Prof. Susan Greenfield today in London. She’s off to Brisbane tomorrow. Is Brisbane the center of the universe or what? BTW, here’s a link to ABC Radio’s Future Tense … Continue reading






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Where’s Watson?




If you are Brisbane based I’m at the Avid Reader bookstore (193 Boundary St) tonight 6.30-8.00pm. I’m then back at the Sydney Writers’ Festival Thursday & Friday for a couple more events (9.30pm Thursday late night salon conversation with Yanis … Continue reading






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What happens to learning when your teacher is an app?




Nice book extract (on education) in the Australian Financial Review. About a ten-minute read. Click here for article. Here’s how it starts… It has never been easier to give the illusion of intelligence. If you know the right people to … Continue reading






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