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 rather neglected time horizon.
Trying to look out beyond 5 years means not attempting to time 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 VC is a very difficult timing is everything billionaire’s game. It’s hard enough to sketch out how future trends may play out. Timing them against particular companies is a an order of magnitude harder.
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 write longer posts on particular topics.
My approach is 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 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 this 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.