Monthly Archives: February 2014

Guest post

I’ve often thought of inviting guest posts, but never really got around to it. I’m currently up to me eyes writing the introduction to Future Files 2 (my new book) so any help is most welcome. Here’s something from a … Continue reading

Posted in Guest posts, Stats | Leave a comment

Armchair geopolitical analysis

What’s going to happen in Ukraine? I think the most probable short-term outcome is that Putin will wait and see how things unfold, both politically and economically. However, if Ukraine shifts politically towards Europe I believe that it’s almost inconceivable … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Thought of the day

You did not exist for 99.999999997 per cent of the Earth’s history. Now, what are you doing that’s so important again?

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Innovation Best Practice

Just been reading The Department of Mad Scientists by Michael Belfiore, which is about the work of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the US. If you haven’t heard of DARPA, and most people outside the US haven’t, … Continue reading

Posted in Innovation | Leave a comment


Just back from Mexico (La Paz) where I’ve been blissfully disconnected from the modern world for a week. I was messing around on a boat, largely looking for whales, and one thing that stood out for me was the fact … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Spread the love (and the link)

Got back from San Francisco (San Jose actually) end of last week and now off to Brussels. Then it’s Mexico. No time to think, so here’s a secret password to get you into the premium parts of What’s Next. Just … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Could Death Ever Be The New Sex?

Here’s a weird one – or perhaps not. Back in Victorian times death was a popular subject of conversation. How things have changed. Death is now sanitised and practically invisible, as opposed to sex, which seems to be everywhere. But … Continue reading

Posted in Ageing, Death | 3 Comments

Formulae for future conflict

Some time ago I wrote about a formula that might predict future revolutions (essentially the number of men aged 16-24 in a population x the level of education x internet access x level of corruption/ bureaucracy/censorship x food prices x … Continue reading

Posted in War | Leave a comment