I keep meaning to finish off the last few pages of The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb but I keep getting sidetracked. This time it’s because of another book called Tomorrow’s People by Susan Greenfield. I’m doing a presentation on Friday on the Future of Policing to a law enforcement agency and I’m reading up on future technology. If you haven’t read it this is a superb book on how technology is changing the way that people think and act. In fact it could be the best book I’ve ever read on the subject.
Some of the other stuff I’ve found within scenario documents produced by the CIA, National Intelligence Council and the Development Concepts and Doctrine Centre (part of the MOD) is quite breathtaking. I was aware of some of this but the sophistication of some of the surveillance and predictive technologies (especially reality mining) is quite extraordinary. BTW, I’m not saying that this is good or bad, just that it exists and will become more pervasive in the near future.