Category Archives: technology and the future

The Internet is not what it was

My latest essay is on the decline of the Internet. In 1993, I did not picture people having their online experience being “fed” to them by large corporations using mysterious algorithms. Instead, I envisioned individuals in control, creating and exploring … Continue reading

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Jeremy Bailenson on Virtual Reality

The book is called Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality is, How it Works, and What it Can Do. It was a useful corrective to a lot of my naive impressions of the technology. A few excerpts: By January 2015, … Continue reading

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Blockchain and property rights

Phil Gramm and Hernando de Soto write, Fortunately there is a new technology that could make a global property-rights registration system feasible. Patrick Byrne, an e-commerce pioneer and the CEO of, has committed a professional staff and significant resources … Continue reading

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Resistance Watch

Charlie Stross writes, However, Facebook is trying to get eyeballs on ads, as is Twitter, as is Google. To do this, they fine-tune the content they show you to make it more attractive to your eyes—and by ‘attractive’ I do … Continue reading

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Resistance Watch

Two from Monday’s WSJ. 1. David Benoit in a front-page story on Apple writes, A leading activist investor and a pension fund are saying the smartphone maker needs to respond to what some see as a growing public-health crisis of … Continue reading

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Resistance watch

Charles Cooke writes, Any network of self-driving cars would, by definition, necessitate total and unceasing tracking of their occupants. . . The car, far from serving as a liberator, would become a telescreen on wheels — an FBI-approved bug, to … Continue reading

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