Saturday, April 20, 2024

Futurist Alvin Toffler - Institutional Collapse

"Systems do change, and institutions do collapse and die, and new ones spring up. One way this happens is by internal restructuring in a coup d'etat, as the young turks take over from the old turks. Usually this is in response to great external pressures on the system. Another possibility is that outsiders simply topple the institution and create a new one.

Friday, April 19, 2024

Futurist Alvin Toffler - Obsolete Institutions

"Some of our best-known leaders in business and industry are actually very intelligent people, but they make very unintelligent decisions. I think the explanation of this paradox lies in the decision-making institutions. I believe that our institutions are stupid, because they're obsolete, and you could put teams of geniuses to work in those institutions and the results would still be stupid."

From an interview by Charles Platt in the book "Dream Makers 2" forty years ago.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Futurist Alvin Toffler - Unanticipated Consequences

"The peculiar position we find ourselves in today challenges the old political assumptions that have been made by radicals of both Right and Left, that an elite is running things for its own advantage, against our best interests. That presupposes that the decisions being taken by an elite will actually bring about the results which they anticipate.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Futurist Alvin Toffler - Economic Disruption

"We're not going to go through a classical depression or classical inflation. What we're seeing is the emergence of a differentiated society. While some people are eating dog food, there's money to burn in other communities - the sharp contrast between a Second-Wave community like Youngstown or Detroit, and embryonic Third-Wave

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Null Infinity - Chapter 3

If you are reading along, the next chapter of the novel(?) Null Infinity has been posted. Find the new installment under the Forgotten Earth Universe tab above. Thank you. 

Friday, April 12, 2024

Science Fiction Writers - Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur Clarke writing in the 1960s:

Whatever the eventual outcome of our exploration of space we can be reasonably certain of some immediate benefits - and I am deliberately ignoring such 'practical' returns as the multi-billion dollar improvements in weather forecasting and

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

AI #5

It is also worth noting that significant subsets of the AI community are motivated by forms of open-source ideology that consider it desirable to deploy AGI systems with effectively no safeguards, in the interest of promoting technological advancement at any cost.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Science Fiction #3

 . . . science fiction developed out of fantasy when technology began to shape the way people lived and the future became a better guide to decision-making than history, when what is going to happen became more important than what has happened.

                                                        - James Gunn from his book Alternate Worlds

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Null Infinity - Chapter 2

If you are reading along, the next chapter of the novel(?) Null Infinity has been posted. Also note that Chapter 1 changed quite a bit, so you may want to reread it (sorry, but I did warn you it might happen). Even the name of the universe changed somewhat. Find the new installment under the Forgotten Earth Universe tab above. Thank you.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Science Fiction #2

Science fiction is that class of prose narrative treating a situation that could not arise in the world we know, but which is hypothesized on the basis of some innovation in