In his latest book, Revolution in the Making: 3D Printers, Robots and the Future, Guy Rundle – whom I should disclose is a friend – makes a case that contemporary society is at the beginning of a social transformation, a technological revolution that will change the very social structures which dominates our lives. As is usually the case, Rundle’s book showcases his cutting edge sensibilities and his restless intellect. It’s a fascinating and zesty little book.
It was not an unkind town, it was simply a town which was always on the edge of seasonal catastrophe, as the wheat was sown and the grain ripened. Would it rain enough at the right time? Would the winds blow dry storms across the sandy plains and root out the young wheat and smother the town of St. Helen for days?
Thomas Jefferson famously once said, ‘If I had to choose between government without newspapers, and newspapers without government, I wouldn’t hesitate to choose the latter.’ Which is to say that the free flow of information is the lifeblood of democratic policy-making, and that when it disappears or is controlled by self-interested governance, then democracy vanishes with it.
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We left the dog on a highway once. It was the middle of summer, a week or so until Christmas and we had been arguing. We were supposed to drive down South to visit some friends of yours who’d just had another baby. You’d talked about the baby for weeks, showing me pictures. I think now maybe that is what you wanted – to father a child with your name. At the time, though, you only talked about getting out of the city.