Commercial Identities: Generational Difference

Notice how the primary cultural differentiation of generational identity is always a commercially-mediated product, idiom or artefact.  Can anyone ever truly own their expression of identity, of cultural self when it is always already so much someone else's possession? Does commercial self-interest (even unwittingly) cultivate a possibility for the emergence of self-identity and t h…

Disassembling Control: Talent, Technology and Entropy

In any context where an employment and technology ecosystem is so rapidly evolving - recognising talents, skills and aptitude becomes about as difficult and as (ultimately and) unmanageably complex as acquiring or maintaining them.What interests me here is a second-order semantic analysis: there is such an efflorescence of salient wisdom and clever advice available, so…

Logic: Indefinite Extensibility

The indefinitely extensible essence of logic (Gödel, 1931) is both bug *and* feature. That which provides a possibility of recombinatory (technological, organisational, psychological) development, of the degrees of freedom by which we might define (and endlessly redefine) the meaning and substance of "intelligence" or "technology", is also the tangled hierarchy of inertia and entropy within…

AI: Engineering Intelligence

I wonder in what ways the "engineering of intelligence" recursively shapes, and to some extent prescribes the most probable developmental vectors of, our definition of human intelligence. We may find ourselves several years from now seeking the inflection points and procedural saliences that explain why it is that our core assumptions and concepts of intelligence…

The Constancy and Enduring Paranoia of Digital Security Updates

Cyber security is now just a part of everyday life. Update, update, update... all this requires is a sufficiently entertaining marketing campaign to elaborate and celebrate the fulfilment of a life spent in the gamified Panopticon of endless technical paranoia and system updates; sitcoms and lifestyle gurus explaining the invaluable personal experience of incessant technical…

Impenetrable Online Encryption: Logic Seeks to Differ

An encrypted internet for all? An impressive technology, to be sure, but the nature and the essence of this game of information assurance and technological systems is surely that - not only does a ratchet up the ladder of sophisticated security add complexity (and an associated information entropy regarding degrees of freedom) to a context…

Rethinking Social Media

I came across an interesting idea today: the production of a new, reliable, verifiable, safe and trustworthy social media platform. My reflex was to think: what of the tendency of information and energy-processing (i.e. communications) systems to autonomously drift into optimally-concise patterns and methods of self-propagation?There is no particular brilliance about Facebook et. al. -…

Technology: Utopian Aspirations?

Utopian aspirations are inevitably three parts marketing and one part plausibility. While communication (as much as communications platforms or technologies) is necessarily a matter of endlessly effervescent linguistic or logical self-inflection, the implicit openness of our contemporary context and the cognitive hyper-extension of technological complexity represents cost and burden as much as it does utility.A…

Technology is a double-edged sword

Expect the unexpected. Double-edged swords are the rule, rather than the exception, it seems and it is in general a monumental communications failure that risks and vulnerabilities are not sufficiently (publicly) acknowledged and appropriately managed.  Should technology creators be held responsible for the potential disorder and malfeasance to which their products and technologies are applied?…

Big Ideas: Cultivating Curiosity

If intellectual curiosity was nurtured, cultivated, allowed to grow wild and free upon the fertile soils of this grand experiment that is our shared history, where might we all be?  Innovation is celebrated but is everywhere suffocated by a culture of convention and conformity.

Toxic Bottlenecks of Organisational Pathology

Organisational systems tend to autonomously acquire and reflexively cultivate those (generally adaptive) sets of abstractions, assumptions and boundaries which best-serve the continued persistence and self-propagation of those homeostatic, corporate organisational patterns themselves. An enduring abstraction of parochial self-importance indicates the point at which historically-justifiable self-belief fractures into precisely the kind of narrative (psychological) pathology that…