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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Full circle: state of nature to virtual state of nature

Just as technological and economic innovations in an earlier period underpinned the evolution of the centralized nation state, current innovations are undermining those same states. The great nation states, despite their military prowess, are doomed like the dinosaurs of old, unable, unwilling or insufficiently nimble to meet the threat to their dominance posed by agile virtual organizations that have no sense of national identity.

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