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Automation providing a world of luxury, or mass poverty?

For the past 50 years there has been an expectation that the next generation will have a higher quality of life than the previous generation. With increased computerisation, globalisation and automation this expectation may no longer be valid. History, Future. Now turns to science fiction and European history to get a glimpse of a possible … 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

Stanford researchers produce first complete computer model of an organism

Markus Covert, assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University had a significant announcement to make this week: In a breakthrough effort for computational biology, the world’s first complete computer model of an organism has been completed, Stanford researchers reported last week in the journal Cell. A team used data from more than 900 scientific papers to … Continue reading

Highlander: There can be only one and the impact of longevity on society

Highlander, staring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, is one of best movies of the 1980s.  I watched it again last night and, although it is dated and cheesy, it remains a great film with some fantastic music sung by Freddie Mercury.  The primary concept of the film is what it would be like to be … Continue reading

Making love in the afternoon with Great Granny: intergenerational romance

In 2010 Disney released Tangled, a retelling of the Rapunzel story, and in 2012 Universal Pictures released Snow White and the Huntsman, a retelling of the Snow White story. Both contain beautiful young women whose mothers are no longer around: Rapunzel’s mother is alive but thinks her daughter dead and Snow White’s mother has died. … Continue reading

The implications of solar power reaching grid parity

As many of you know, I am the CEO of Lumicity, a renewable energy development company, focusing on solar, wind and biomass energy. I am a director of a wave energy company, Aquamarine Power. I previously worked with Shell, where I was exposed to the oil and gas sectors and set up a solar panel … Continue reading

New Study Predicts Frack Fluids Can Migrate to Aquifers Within Years – ProPublica

Natural gas extracted from shale rocks has had a significant impact on the US energy market, significantly reducing the price of natural gas which has helped many businesses and caused terrible problems for others.  This extraction process, “fracking”, is for bizarre reasons, exempt from normal environmental controls. A new study shows that this environmental free … Continue reading

David Frum on How We Need to Learn to Say No to the Elderly – The Daily Beast

One of the areas that History, Future. Now looks at is the growing financial imbalance between generations that have retired and those that are still working.  David Frum’s article starts of randomly about old people crashing cars and then gets into swing about the inequality between generations:  the old get benefits that the young will … Continue reading

How the old rob the young and how the young support their crime

Niall Ferguson, the impossibly handsome economics history professor linked to Harvard and Oxford Universities and author of Empire, Colossus, Civilisation etc, is in the news at the moment for his 2012 Reith lectures on how the old are impoverishing the young. The main thrust of his argument is that those who are retired or are about to … Continue reading

What Japan can teach the world about Robots, Immigration and Old Age

Japan is at the forefront of the humanoid robotics revolution.  This is not just an expression of Japan’s electro mechanical prowess, but runs deeper: it is part of a cultural phenomenon.  Robots in Japanese culture have Greek-god like strength and abilities with idiosyncratic personalities to match.  The West also have their modern Greek gods, the … Continue reading

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