The Dark Side of Low Technology Utopias

The worst aspect of low tech utopianism is that like most idealists, its practitioners ignore human nature. Like the Communists and Libertarians the low-techers accept the delusion that human weakness can be overcome by simple idealism.

Set in a low-tech 19th Century environment most Americans would behave like Jefferson Davis; the slaving-owning Confederate President, not Thoreau. After all life on the veranda; sipping a mint julip, is far more comfortable than life in the fields.

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What Motivates Vladimir Putin?

One potential danger is that Putin views all forms of modernity including Capitalism, Communism, parliamentary democracy and multiculturalism as evils that must be fought.
Another aspect of Putin’s world order is to discredit the most visible alternative to his conservative thuggery: democracy. He is doing that by trying to undermine basic institutions in the world’s most visible democracy: the United States.

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How Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain can Improve Government

A skillful use of a combination of artificial intelligence and block chain might increase the efficiency, transparency and effectiveness of government.

There are many ways that blockchain and AI can reduce the cost of government while making it more responsive to citizens. Even some age old abuses might be corrected or eliminated by these cutting edge technologies.

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Will Your Job Survive the Fourth Wave of Technological Unemployment?

As you can see all four waves of Technological Unemployment are ongoing and simultaneous. The phenomenon is driven by technological progress, a development that began long before our grandparents were born and will be ongoing long after our grandchildren are dead.

It also means that there are several threats to our jobs as technologies and techniques from the different waves get combined. For example an automobile, a first wave machine can be combined with a computer; a third wave device, and an artificial intelligence – a fourth wave technology – to produce a self-driving car.

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Think The Handmaid’s Tale is Scary? Then the even more Prophetic Sci-Fi Classic that inspired it will frighten you to Death

As you can see Revolt in 2100 is actually darker and more frightening than The Handmaid’s Tale. What’s truly astounding, pun intended, is that If This Goes On was written 77 years ago; yet it accurately predicts such developments as big data and televangelism. The Handmaid’s Tale was published in 1985 and it is in many ways hopelessly outdated.

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Would Basic Income Encourage or Discourage Work?

Our existing mechanism for wealth redistribution; jobs, is no longer working. The bottom 50% of Americans own just 12.8% of the wealth; as recently as 1970 they owned 20.8% research by economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez indic

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How an American Basic Income Might Work

One of the biggest advantages of a basic income scheme is that it would actually be fairly easily to implement. No new bureaucracy or social services mechanisms would be needed to set one up. One of the biggest benefits of basic income would be to address the problems of rural poverty and the hollowing out of small town America. The real problem facing communities such as Beattyville, Kentucky, (America’s poorest white town) is a lack of cash.

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Eleven Classic Movies Turning 50 in 2017

1967 was a truly groundbreaking year at the movies; it saw the birth of the summer action blockbuster, the last hurrah of the British film industry and the height of the so-called American New Wave. It also gave us two of the funniest movies ever made; The Producers and the original Bedazzled.

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The Religion of Technology

Technology is likely to become the basis of our philosophy, religion and politics in the near future. When it does it will mark a paradigm shift as great; and perhaps as bloody, as the rise of Islam or the Protestant Reformation. Whether we are ready for that revolution is anybody’s guess.

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Bitcoin Price was the Most Important Economic Story you missed in 2016

The price of a bitcoin more than doubled over the past 12 months. Back on December 26, 2016, a bitcoin was trading for $417.22, by Christmas Day 2016, one was worth $878.51, by Boxing Day (December 26) it had reached $901.58, Coindesk’s Bitcoin Index indicates. To further excite speculators the bitcoin price briefly hit $917.63 on Friday December 23.

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