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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

Go to college so you can afford to pay your college debts


Thanks to Post Growth Institute for the cartoon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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