The ROADMAP

On 14th October 2020 an email was sent to a publication called The Canadian Report from an anonymous source purporting to be a member of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Liberal Party of Canada (under the Prime Minister’s Office), tasked with creating a plan to achieve 100% compliance with the plan outlined in the […]

DOPPELGÄNGER STORIES

Everybody has a double, they say. I believe it.  When I finished school, I took a gap year before going to university. That winter I travelled to a small town in the South of France to stay for a couple of months with the family of  a childhood friend of my father’s, his best friend […]

GOOGLE EARTH, PEPSI MOON

MAPS, MODELS AND SYNTHETIC WORLDS Researchers will first design new types of agents along with the DNA and memory these types of agents will have using the design interfaces of the Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The design interfaces also allow the DNA and memory of existing agent types to be modified. After creating new agent […]

CLOSING the SYSTEM

“The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. The Second used electric power to create mass production. The Third used electronics and information technology to automate production. Now a Fourth Industrial Revolution is building on the Third, the digital revolution that has been occurring since the middle of the last century. […]

THE SADNESS OF ELON MUSK

∆ Before Buaphan saw that Starlink satellite train silently crossing the pre-dawn sky, I’d never taken much interest in Elon Musk. Now, I’ve been catching up. Spacing out on Starlink. Trying get my head around Neuralink.  Is Musk a genius? Well, if a genius is someone who doesn’t just master a field but changes it […]

The MERCY of MACHINES

∆ In 1998, Bill Joy, the founder and Chief Scientist of Sun Microsystems, co-author of Java script and chair of a presidential commission on the future of IT research, was invited to speak at a tech conference. The title of the conference was ‘Telecosm: the World after Bandwidth Abundance’. “From the moment I became involved in […]

The AI MODEL

∆ On November 4th, 2018, after more than six years holed up inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and eight under arbitrary detention, Julian Assange gave what would turn out to be his last video conference before all communications were cut. Six months later, he was dragged out of the embassy by British police and […]

MOTHERLODE

The technological leaps forward represented by Starlink sound fantastically impressive… propulsion landings… the krypton ion-thrusters and control momentum gyroscopes… attitudinal positioning systems and autonomous debris avoidance… silicon carbide lasers… light-pulse data transmission… I can’t pretend to understand much of it on a technical level. In any case I’m more interested in the impacts — technological, […]

BACKHAUL

As Buaphan stood there, pan in hand, staring at the strange trail of lights crossing the pre-dawn sky, the ‘pandemic’ was already on the horizon, a couple of thousand kilometres to the north in Wuhan, China. Two and a half months later, the lockdowns would come down like a great suffocating blanket across the planet, […]

FOOTFALL

“But the internet has no two-dimensional spacial nature. So instead what you see with the conflicts that occur through internet-based organisations — and states are increasingly moving onto the internet — is a kind of inter-digitisation of conflict. That is, there’s no border, and it’s 220 milliseconds from New York to Nairobi. So why would there ever be peace in such a scenario?”