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Black Swans and why History, Future. Now is not bleak


Nassim Nicholas Taleb is famous for his 2008 book, The Black Swan, in which he came up with a very simple idea: that big changes can suddenly happen, apparently out of nowhere.  He uses the Wall Street crash, Pompei and the internet as examples. The reality, is actually closer to Malcom Gladwell’s 2002 book, The Tipping Point: … Continue reading

Population growth, a disaster in the making


The world’s population increased by another billion people between 1999 and 2011, to hit 7 billion. When History, Future. Now’s father was born, in 1930, the population was just 2 billion. By 2050 the world is expected to add between two and three new Indias and Chinas bringing the total to 9.3 to 11 billion. … Continue reading

Generation Screwed: how the youth of today are being screwed by the baby boomers


History, Future. Now. frequently posts articles about the increasing generational divide between the Baby Boomer generation who are now hitting retirement age and the Millennial generation who have recently graduated from university. The Daily Beast has a hard hitting article this week that focuses on some of the issues: How has this generation been screwed? … Continue reading

SpaceX: private space vehicle supplies the Space Station and brings engineering talent back to Earth


Elon Musk is a pretty exceptional individual: he was the founder of PayPal, which has transformed the financial services sector, was the founder of Tesla Motors, which is producing some of the most exciting motor vehicles in history and was the founder of SpaceX, which is the private sector space vehicle company that the US … Continue reading

Where are all the jobs going? Lessons from the first Industrial Revolution and 150 years of pain.


In a world which is seeing a simultaneous increase in the capabilities of robots and artificial intelligence to do many factory and service sector jobs, and a significant increase in the world’s interconnected population, a natural question to ask is: “Are there enough good jobs to go around for everyone?” To many people, particularly those … Continue reading

Transcript: Schmidt and Thiel smackdown – Fortune Tech


Very interesting, wide ranging discussion between Eric Scmidt and Peter Theil on 16 July 2012 about the past, present and future of technology and its impacts on society and government. Peter’s views on education are pretty similar to those expressed by History, Future. Now. here: We have a bubble in education.  If there’s anything in … Continue reading

China’s 12th Five Year Plan has clean energy at its heart. Why dont we even have a plan?


China has now a year into its 12th 5 Year Plan (2011-2015), which has low carbon growth as the heart of its economic, political and social strategy in a way that no other major country has done to date.  China now has more wind energy installed and produces more solar photovoltaic panels than any other … Continue reading

What is going wrong with Western Democracy?


There is no doubt that democracy is in crisis.  This is a widespread phenomenon throughout the developed world.  It is harder, however, to understand why this crisis exists and why it is so widespread. A report from the Democratic Audit about British democracy states that: Britain’s constitutional arrangements are “increasingly unstable” owing to changes such … Continue reading

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