Category Archives: Science and technology

The Code Breaker

If you think the digital revolution is having profound effects on human society, buckle up because the biotech revolution is just getting underway and it will redefine, even redesign, our species. Ever since the early 1950’s when James Watson and … Continue reading

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Sapiens

Last year, I read 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari, which I reviewed here. Several friends recommended I read Harari’s earlier book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Now I know why. It’s an excellent book. As the … Continue reading

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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

Around the world we humans are adding an average of fifty-one billion (51,000,000,000) tons of greenhouse gasses to Earth’s atmosphere every year. To avoid a climate disaster, we need to get to zero. 51 billion to zero. That’s how Microsoft … Continue reading

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Always Day One

Always Day One: How the Tech Titans Plan to Stay on Top Forever by Alex Kantrowitz takes its title from an Amazon corporate motto. “It’s always Day 1” is designed to inspire Amazon employees with a startup mentality; lean, fast, … Continue reading

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More From Less

More From LessBy Andrew McAfeeScribner, New York, 2019 More From Less is a book about dematerialization Demawhat?  No, it’s not some sort of Star Trek transporter technology. Dematerialization is the phenomenon of producing the same goods from less material and … Continue reading

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Growth

Growth:  From Microorganisms to Megacities By Vaclav Smil The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2019 People used to think growth was a good thing.  Politicians, economists and business leaders brag about healthy or robust growth in jobs, GDP, and profits.  But … Continue reading

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Infinite Powers

Infinite PowersBy Steven StrogatzHoughton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston, 2019 Okay, I admit it, even for me this is a geeky book.  Infinite Powers:  How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe is about the history of calculus and its impact on … Continue reading

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Who Can You Trust?

Who Can You Trust?  How Technology Brought Us Together and Why It Might Drive Us Apart By Rachel Botsman Public Affairs, New York, 2017 Trust is like engine oil: when it’s present everything runs smoothly, but when it’s not they … Continue reading

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Super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse

Tonight’s rare “super blood wolf moon” lunar eclipse coincided with an equally rare clear January night in Seattle.  My little point-and-shoot digital camera didn’t do it proper justice, but it gives you an idea of what we saw. Eclipses are … Continue reading

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Origin Story

Every religion, every culture, and every nation has its origin story. Origin stories tell us who w are, where we come from, how we got here, and how we should live with one another. They give us a common understanding … Continue reading

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