Friday, September 29, 2006

SHiFT reading list

Sitting at SHiFT and working on my presentation and here are a few sources that are pre-telling the dilema that we face with social change.


INTERNET EVOLUTION

A survey of technology thinkers and stakeholders shows they believe the internet will continue to spread in a “flattening” and improving world. There are many, though, who think major problems will accompany technology advances by 2020. A predictions can be viewed here.

Comment: Truely a bit flat and a bit biased towards short term thinkers but still a good read.


FUTURE HISTORY


This book describes:
  • How human societies have alternated between centralized and decentralized societies
  • Why globalization will destroy capitalism
  • How automation will displace the capitalist and working classes
  • What the society after capitalism will be like
The book is available here as PDF

Comment: Long term thinking that gets a bit over focused on capitalism but also a good read.


UNIBOMBER

In 1995, Kaczynski mailed several letters, some to his former victims, outlining his goals and demanding that his 35,000-word paper: Industrial Society and Its Future (commonly called the "Unabomer Manifesto") be printed verbatim by a major newspaper; he stated that he would then end his bombing campaign.

Comment: Excellent read. A MUST!

1 Comments:

Anonymous Matt O'Neill said...

wish i was at the event too!!

m

2:40 PM, September 29, 2006  

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