I’ve been on a bit of a sci-fi novel binge lately (I usually read nonfiction, mostly history) and I’m always struck by the predictions in those books, the authors’ extrapolation of current technology far into the future. Often they are remarkably prescient in some areas, while comically missing the mark in others. Continue reading
What is the role of a CEO? Usually it’s to bridge a corporation’s board and its day-to-day operations and provide high-level strategy and direction. Designing logos is not typically part of the job of the CEO of a 30 billion dollar company. Continue reading
Not too long ago I mentioned bus drivers in passing in a post about how technology was slowly eroding certain jobs. Bus drivers are an appealing (i.e. profitable) target for self-driving car technology, much more so than offering self-driving cars to consumers.
Carl von Clausewitz said that war is the continuation of state policy by “other means”. Terrorism is also a means to exert policy, but it is generally put into action not by a state but by individuals or non-governmental groups, and it usually targets innocent civilians.
Where war is one state seeking to impose its will on another, terrorism is people seeking to frighten other people into changing their behaviour. Continue reading
I’m beginning to feel a bit like a broken record with this, but here goes: a London-based company is stalking passersby in public, this time by capturing the MAC address of their smartphones using devices implanted in sidewalk trashcans. MAC addresses are a bit like an IP except they are generally permanent and unique to a device. Continue reading