Hackathons, tech shops, makerspaces: These terms are increasingly prevalent in today's vernacular, and for good reason. They represent a burgeoning global movement with people of all ages developing, designing, and often marketing their creations.
Last Saturday night at Stanford University, I had the honor of publicly debating the world's leading anarcho-primitivist philosopher John Zerzan. As a transhumanist, I differ from Zerzan on just about every topic.
The accelerated pace of life makes it difficult to take stock of the patterns drawn by deeper forces shaping the world. We marvel at amazing gadgets but we easily lose sight of the powerful industrial revolution that is gaining momentum.
Cities 3.0 mayors are not sitting on our hands, waiting for the feds or someone else to solve our problems. We're embracing good ideas no matter where they come from, innovating to provide better services and building strong economies for the global marketplace.
People have probably heard more than enough about global warming -- whether it exists or doesn't -- but judging by the severity of storms over the past four months, no one can deny that 'something' is going on.
As we focus on what needs to be done, let's not forget how we got here. My tongue-in-cheek headline to this post aside, it's not a matter of blame, it's a matter of approaching the discussion with an understanding of the historical reality.
The game to watch will be whether American higher education is nimble, creative and entrepreneurial enough to protect its core values by establishing guiding principles to keep the boat on a steady course.
The human race will be around in a hundred years, even if oil won't -- in a big way at least. We will have long gone back to living off the land by that point, just as we did before the modern industrial revolution changed life seemingly irrevocably.
If today, after many years of "business as usual," our society, our systems, and our institutions are all undergoing a kind of evolutionary burst, then how do we ensure that it yields change for the better?