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The theme of my blog is technology and the near future. I write about how tech driven change may affect society over the next 5-20 years. A somewhat neglected time horizon.

Looking beyond 5 years avoids timing the stock market. Staying under 20 avoids futurist speculation, about magical technology that may never arrive. Venture capital overlaps the low end. But VC is a crazy difficult timing is everything game, betting on particular people and companies. What I’m interesting in is related but different: sketching out how tech trends may play out at an industry or society level.

So I write about where trends in existing technology may take us. Exponential trends like Moore’s law and genome sequencing. But also human cognition, AI, space, evolution, economics, science, and most fundamentally about how technology endlessly coevolves with society.

For 2018 I’m writing a weekly links/commentary post on Saturdays. And as time permits I’m writing longer posts on particular topics.

For my posts on particular topics, I like to start with a journalistic recap of what’s happening now. Then build on demographic, economic or tech trends to illuminate what’s next. For example a key theme is how 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. That said, sometimes I write about things just because they’re interesting.

You can get new posts by following @praxtime on twitter, registering your email in the side bar, using RSS, or liking Praxtime on facebook. Or just bookmark this website. The best way to reach me the person is @ntaylor963 on twitter or ntaylor963@gmail.com on email. Feel free to browse older posts by topic or by date.

My blog is called “Praxtime” since my name Nathan Taylor is so common you’d never find this site searching just searching on it. 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!

Nathan Taylor

Image credit: My blog's header image used with written permission from the most excellent astrophotographer Mark Gee. Here's one more below.

Mark Gee

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