January 29th, 2014
[This column was first published in the Shift Age Newsletter #27]
Eight years ago I first began to write and speak about the future full time. Then, as always, I was asked about what accurate forecasts I had made. This told me of course that my legitimacy to some degree would be based upon this. So I did start to make forecasts.
The second thing I realized was that most people, and certainly people who lead institutions and companies, are interested in what will happen six months to five years out as that is what is their primary …
January 14th, 2014
The word cyberspace is ubiquitous. I don’t think I know of an adult that does not know or use the word. Cyberspace is most often used when talking about all that exists on the Internet, the space/time area of computer interactions. It is a word that has settled into use and understanding around the world. In addition, the first part of the word, cyber, is now a prefix as in Cyber Monday and Cyber Attack.
It is generally agreed that the great science fiction writer William Gibson is the one who is most responsible for the creation of the word, first …
December 18th, 2013
The issue of blanket surveillance by the NSA now heads to the Supreme Court. The powerful ruling by Judge Richard J. Leon of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia against the blanket surveillance now means that the issue will be argued before the Supreme Court.
This will happen as Judge Leon, while issuing an opinion that calls the use of technology “almost Orwellian” and that “James Madison would be aghast”, ruled only on the part of two petitioners to the court. He stayed his injunction “in light of the significant national security interests at stake in this case …
December 7th, 2013
The fast and easy answer is yes. The privacy our parents and grandparents had is no longer. The privacy we still have in pockets of our lives will not be available to our children and grandchildren. The historical definition of privacy that has existed for centuries no longer exists.
In the last seven years I have written and spoken about privacy and whether we will have any in the future. In 2006, before the iPhone and all the hand held computing that has followed, I wrote a column titled “Technology Advances, Privacy Declines”. As I wrote in a recent …