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 interested 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.
I write two kinds of posts. A weekly links with commentary post on whatever I found especially interesting. Usually on Saturday. Then as time permits, 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 technology 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 something just because it’s cool or interesting.
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I named my blog “praxtime” because my name Nathan Taylor is so common you’d never find this site 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!
Image credit: My blog's header image used with written permission from the excellent astrophotographer Mark Gee. Here's one more below.