…nearer than you think.

Recent Developments

Facial Recognition – Media attention to facial recognition has tended to focus on the misuses and negatives, especially the implied threat to civil liberty. But the technology has many pros. (Note: the tension between the pros and cons is a major theme of the novel Trouble is Near). The link below sets out a well balanced overview.

Balancing the Conversation about Facial Recognition


3D Printing Makes Progress —To date, 3D printing innovation has been a disappointment. The technology will be a major contributor to job loss, but at the same time a likely significant contributor to product cost reduction, in theory lowering the cost of living.  Now there is news that the technology is coming to life in important ways — manufacturing  and 3D printed lungs.

Trust — Institutional, distributed or both? — In November 2017, The World Economic Forum released a short essay on trust and the idea of a transition from institutional to distributed trust.  It raises questions about how we as humans may view it in 2030, including NetFlix Black Mirror types of questions.  The article invites a more in-depth response, but for now, I will simply share a quote that addresses a major issue in the Trouble is Near novel: “…it [distributed trust] brings with it the risk of trusting the wrong people or things; and new ethical challenges around letting algorithms become the arbiters of truth.”












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