On the Importance of Blockchain

Introduction. The advent of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies, which are dependent on blockchain, have catapulted this new technology into the limelight. As a result, an endless stream of articles and purported explanations of blockchain have appeared in recent years. A Google search on the term “blockchain” turned up over 200 million entries at the time of writing. The challenge of…

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Metaverse by EMperOr
Metaverse by EMperOr

Lo and Behold: METAVERSE

Introduction. Is it a slogan, is it a philosophy? It’s METAVERSE! Presumably meta-universe is meant, but in our busy world contractions rule. Etymology buffs: note that the prefix has a Greek root which means “after.” The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle was perhaps the first to popularize this prefix with his treatise on Metaphysics, so named because it came after his…

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Gone are the ties that bind

Recently published article: Business is the main driver of social change in the current period, and flexibility and agility are today’s catchwords, taking precedence over continuity. The marketplace puts a premium on short term relations in business since they favor the bottom line. Innovations in management pioneered by large companies since the end of the Second World War, underwritten by…

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Spectre and Meltdown by Identity Transduction Systems
Spectre and Meltdown by Identity Transduction Systems

Information Technology and Social Stability

This presentation (delivered at the SPIE conference in Baltimore, April 20, 2016) concerns the long term effects of information technology on social stability. The central argument is that IT will inevitably reduce employment opportunities and thus contribute to destabilizing the nuclear family.

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Photo by Fredy Jacob

Erosion of personal memory

Advanced information technology appears to be contributing to the erosion of personal memory: "Digital dependence 'eroding human memory'" by Sean Coughlan. For a discussion of personal and social memory, see: Mowshowitz, A. The end of the information frontier. AI & Society, 28 (1), 2013, pp. 7-14; DOI 10.1007/s00146-012-0414-2.

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