The theme of my blog is technology and the near future. The next 5-20 years. A somewhat neglected time horizon.
Looking beyond 5 years means I’m not timing the stock market. Staying under 20 means I’m not drowning in the futurist deep end, speculating about magical technology that never arrives. Like cheap fusion power. Venture capital overlaps the low end, say 3-15 years. But is a very difficult timing is everything billionaire’s game. Not my pay grade.
So I write on existing technology, and where known trends may take us next. Exponential trends like Moore’s law and genome sequencing. But also human cognition, AI, space, evolution, economics, science, and most fundamentally on how technology endlessly coevolves together with society.
For 2018 I’m writing a weekly links/commentary post on Saturdays. Then on top of this I’ll do deep dive posts on particular topics as time permits.
A typical post starts with a journalistic recap of what’s happening now. Then builds on demographic, economic or tech trends to illuminate what’s next. For example the rise of zero marginal cost digital goods is driving change in business models and governance, reshaping media, and starting to impact health and transportation. More broadly it’s increasing risks for tech monopoly and changing income distributions. The internet’s impact on politics is clear enough. Attention must be paid. That said, sometimes I write about things just because they’re interesting.
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My blog is called “Praxtime” since my name Nathan Taylor is so common you’d never find my site searching for my name. Praxtime is a take on praxis, learning by doing. In this case the doing is writing, the best way to drive thoughts to clarity. Often a post starts one way, but after rewrite and research goes another. This is a personal hobby, so I write as time permits. All are welcome!
Image credit: My blog's header image used with written permission from the most excellent astrophotographer Mark Gee. Here's one more below.