The theme of my blog is the near future. The next 5-20 years. A somewhat neglected time horizon.
Looking beyond 5 years means I’m not trying to time the stock market. Staying under 20 stops me from drowning in the sci-fi futurist deep end, speculating about magical technology that never arrives. Like cheap fusion power. Venture capital overlaps the low end, say 3-10 years. But is a difficult timing is everything billionaire’s game. Above my pay grade.
So I write on where trends in existing technology take us. Exponential trends like Moore’s law and genome sequencing. But also space, evolution, human cognition, AI, economics, science, and most fundamentally about how technology shapes society.
A typical post starts with a journalistic recap of what’s happening now. Then uses 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 I find them 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 by 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.