That was the Y2K that wasn’t

  ‘No planes fell from the sky, but a lot happened to keep them from doing so’. http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/y2k/notebook.html   This is a common view of the Y2K bug among software engineers and IT professionals in Anglo-American societies. For them it may be true that their hard work saved civilization from digitally-challenged-date Armageddon, but everywhere else … Continue reading That was the Y2K that wasn’t

Economics of the Singularity

Crooked Timber has been running a 'book event' on the economic ideas of science fiction writer Charlie Stross. In case you haven't come across him, Stross is a prolific (300,000 words a year) writer of extravagant ideas who lives in Scotland. His approach to  pulp sci-fi is reminiscent of  Philip K Dick's.  Sure it's commercial, … Continue reading Economics of the Singularity