This is the presentation of the talk given at LARC on the 15th August with many links to authors and themes. I won’t update again until I give a new version of the talk, probably as part of Autonomy Now themed talks in the autumn.
Since a) I’ve been thinking about this for a year or two and b) recently agreed to describe it to someone, here’s a little document about it.
At the moment, it’s a thought experiment (again) but I have done some Elasticsearch and other prototyping, though not recently.
I’ll have to write a long essay (it’s somewhat pretentious to call it a dissertation) as part of my final year at Birkbeck. If the powers that be agree, I’m going to base it on this essay that I wrote in 2016, some of it has already ‘come true’, like the (in)famous William Gibson quote.
When I’ve finished it’ll probably be less like this and more like a Socratic dialogue. Comments welcome, you (probably) know where to find me, not on FB, anyway.
This is an update with a list of references at the end of the document and these are now clickable links.
I seem to have deleted my first version of this so:
The Futurological Congress
Stanislaw Lem, a hidden gem
Tik-Tok a psychopathic robot
Keep the Giraffe Burning
I love the story with the 300 word Ladybird vocabulary
The Complete Roderick
probably related to Voltaire’s Candide, funny and finally sad
The Demolished Man
First cyberpunk novel, in my opinion
The Stars My Destination
very famous but I like this less
Philip K Dick:
A hero for my generation 20 years before Blade Runner:
The Ganymede Takeover
wow, this is collectable now, not many people know about it. It would make a great film too. With him is Ray Nelson
who wrote the story that became: They Live
Lord of Light probably one of my all-time favourites
Walter M Miller:
A Canticle for Leibowitz
again this is forgotten now
Player Piano this book is becoming more and more relevant, I love this as well:
The Space Merchants
another set of accurate predictions
Gladiator at Law
more stuff that’s true now
The Left Hand of Darkness another all time favourite
Here’s a short talk I gave to the Birkbeck Philosophy Society last year. I’m very happy to see the NRA thing going so well and believe that boycott is one of our remaining tools, but, possibly a very potent one. Anyway, enough already, share and enjoy! Here’s the pdf: boycott
This is the second draft of a talk I gave on 25th November 2017 to the Anarchist Research Group in London. Currently, I’m thinking about it as a ‘living document’, so it will probably get updated in a month or two as a response to criticisms and areas of discussion that have opened up.
Thanks to everyone that has contributed, so far. I think you all know who you are. See below for the download link to the pdf.
Note that, as of January 2020, I’m working on Cclite2 (bits and pieces on sourceforge but unusable at present) which is based on the Mojolicious framework, Postgres and oriented more towards phones (SMS and SMS embedded in a simple ‘app’, ugh). I’ve frozen anything on github because Microsoft owns it. Please freeze or leave as well.
New version of Cclite 0.9.0. ready as of 1st May 2012, a good day for it..It’s all on sourceforge. and the development Ubuntu style tree is on github
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Down to my last couple of days in Tokyo, a great visit. I spent some of today before the rain on a minor suburban adventure to visit Shimo-kitazawa: a sort-of nicer Camden, now menaced, as usual by development.
Had lunch in a cafe set to the Stone’s music at about the time of Altamont, Gimme Shelter, I know it’s not real but pleasant to bathe in some of those previous days. Kids cycling around with solid guitar cases strapped on their backs too.
Back to London on Wednesday, just my fairly minimal Japanese is beginning to function too.
Here’s the little talk about the current state and the future of the Global Ideas Bank, given at Okcon in 2010.
Please contact me if you read this and would like to help.
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I’ve written to the electoral commission twice in the past couple of weeks about alleged irregularities in the petition for directly elected mayor in Tower Hamlets
Actually, these claims were not made by myself (a member of the disempowered and counts-for-nothing citizenry) but by Channel 4 (big media, counts for something, therefore) during a Dispatches documentary.
On both occasions, they haven’t deigned to reply. So like all the other oversight-theatre-garbage (LGO, FSA, Fair Trading, the Audit Commission) we can assume that their core comptence is hand-sitting in anticipation of hugely inflated public sector pensions.
They are active however in that they have aboutmyvote, something inhabited by diseased and rotting PR people (those that couldn’t get a private sector job, the bar is pretty low) who tell us how important it will be to legitimise the array of polluted and dying brands called ‘parties’.
Postal vote fraudsters, to your marks, no-one is awake or watching!
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