6. Douglas Rushkoff – The discovery of intelligent life from somewhere else

July 28, 2009

Douglas Rushkoff is under the impression that life from somewhere else is more intelligent there life here. A classic case of “the grass is greener on the other side”. Not very insightful nor interesting.

Part of the Edge Annual Question 2009


5. Ed Regis – Molecular manufacturing

July 25, 2009

Ed begins with the usual (and annoying) fad of nanotechnology and all the great stuff that can – but never does – come out of it. But, somehow, he is also sceptical about it! Also loved it. The pieces are getting better.

Part of the Edge Annual Question 2009


4. John Gottman – Laboratory earth colonies

July 24, 2009

This is good fun sci-fi. Obvious stuff, straight forward and playing nicely to my childhood imagination. Loved it.

Part of the Edge Annual Question 2009


3. Timothy Taylor – Culture

July 22, 2009

I like this one.  Just listen to this: “Wittgenstein implied that what cannot be said cannot be thought. He meant by this that language relies on a series of prior agreements”.  Genius and interesting.  The first truly good/insightful piece.

Part of the Edge Annual Question 2009


2. Howard Gardner – Cracking open the lockbox of talent

July 22, 2009

Not sure what the great vision of Howard Gardner really is. We have already cracked open the lockbox of talent  – it is called wealth. It has been working fine and got an elite to the top. No one will want to change that. Talent is overrated anyway.

Part of the Edge Annual Question 2009

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Not sure what the great vision of Howard Gardner really is. We have already cracked open the lockbox of talent: it is called wealth. It has been working fine and got an elite to the top. No one will want to change that. Talent is overrated anyway.


1. Kevin Kelly – A New Kind Of Mind

July 21, 2009

The Wired people piss me off with their visions of grandeur and self-smugness.  Kevin Kelly waffles about the internet and how it will become artificial intelligence.  It is poorly written and way too self-congratulatory.  It just looks idiotic.

Part of the Edge Annual Question 2009

PS: This chap agrees with me


The Edge Annual Question 2009

July 21, 2009

The Edge Annual Question 2009 is an interesting read. Edge magazine asked dozens of people from all walks of life to write something on the basis of two questions: What will change everything? And, what game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see? I have been reading through all of them and will post short (twitter-style) reviews of all of them in the next days. I hope this is an enjoyable read.

You can read the full articles at Edge Annual Question 2009