Difference and the Same
– 'Blogosphere luminary, Larísa, thinks I'm smart. In capitals, because the word itself evidently lacks sufficient emphasis. Her implication, that this is a good thing. Yet it's driving me mad. This article tries to explain why. It defines aspects of intelligence as difference from average, and then quantifies this as degrees of shared reality. The article provides a model where genius and stupidity ...
Michael Malone on The Protean Corporation
– Michael S. Malone proposes the next iteration of organisational development.
– As I write, the United Kingdom is in the midst of a national election campaign. A month during which politicians vie to confuse the electorate with big numbers. Politics is suddenly ravaged by intangibility, because the national economy is unable to sustain the usual tangible proxies for a better life - "more schools and hospitals" - and because the tangible results of fixing that economy tend to b...
Paul Saffo on The Revolution After Electronics
– Paul Saffo on the art of predicting the future. Specifically predicting which technology will come to dominate the next decade.
Railways for Prosperity
– In the dying years of Margaret Thatcher's premiership, the United Kingdom government launched a policy document called "Roads for Prosperity". £23 billion ($35 billion) would fund a network of highway improvements. Schemes that eased capacity constraints on the strategic (primary routes) road network. It was a response to rising car use, and the belief that not providing sufficient highway capacit...
Michael Gazzaniga on the Science of Mind Constraining Matter
– Can neuroscience explain it? You know - consciousness, being, the number 42. And if everything you thought you were transpired to be nothing more than an easily deceived heap of neurons, would that trouble "you"? During October 2009, Michael Gazzaniga gave a fascinating series of Gifford lectures exploring how our brains process the information that gives us our sense of "I". Gazzaniga drew extens...
Scottish Tram Financing
– Introduces the concept of risk in tram (and similarly large public transportation and infrastructure) projects, chronicles the decisions that lead the City of Edinburgh Council to need to find hundreds of millions of pounds to support a single light rail project, and explores the implications for future policy-making, especially in the context of a more devolved Scotland.
– In 2007 I wrote some introductory Thoughts on a Socio-Economic Environment based on Nothing. This article continues to explore the value of things in a highly intangible, knowledge-based economy. It wanders through internet-based payment systems, economic structure, role of government, organisation of information, community, and society, before disappearing into the realms of philosophy. It contain...