Many of you may be aware that I am coming up on a decade of service as the CEO of the World Future Society. For family reasons, I find that this is a fitting point at which to step down and offer the opportunity to others.
I am just returning from a two-day trip to South Korea. My purpose there was to remind communications ministries around the world that while the gadgets may be stylish and entertaining, the technology could be used to improve the lives, productivity and future of countries without the resources of South Korea and South Koreans.
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December 27, 2014 - When an oil spill happens in the ocean much of it gets ingested by small marine creatures like the ones seen in the picture below.
December 26, 2014 - A recent Pew Research poll, the results released in November, paint a disturbing picture about American concerns regarding the full implications of "big data." If unfamiliar with the term "big data" it refers to collections of data sets that can be mined and analyzed for patterns and trends providing insight into human behavior.
December 25, 2014 - When I walked my dog this Christmas morning there was not a hint of snow anywhere. In fact we had to skirt puddles of water as we made our way through the local park. Autumn leaves swirled around us as we descended into a nearby ravine. This is not a Currier & Ives Christmas. At least not here where I live, and hardly anywhere in Canada, the so-called Great White North.
In an enjoyable and widely-read rant, sf-critic Charlie Jane Anders recently declared herself Tired of "The Smartest Man in the Room" science fiction trope. Her delineation of the stereotype should be immediately legible. Futurologists, are you and do you really want to be that guy?
December 24, 2014 - It is Christmas Eve and a time that my wife and I use to visit with friends whose parlors are decked out in Christmas trees, both real and artificial. We look forward to this annual ritual just as we do to lighting the Chanukah menorah for eight days. Last night was the last lighting for this year and for us brings an end to 2014.
December 23, 2014 - Southern Florida is the most vulnerable floodplain in the United States. The City of Miami Beach to protect itself from storm surges is attempting to implement a $300 million deflection project. But to get the money it needs to collect more taxes. And where is it getting these taxes from? Development fees and taxes from builders.