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Orb Weaver, Crayfish, and Myths of Texas

You may have noticed it’s been quiet on the blog since the summer. I prepared a couple of in-depth presentations, one on gamified smart cities for a conference in Tucson in June and another on nanotechnology, defense contracting, and programmable matter the following month in Utica. Then I hit a wall. I’m in the process […]

Thingification II – Talking With Tom Cowan About “The Game”

This is a follow up to my previous piece on the Utah teapot and thingification. Last week I had the good fortune to spend an hour talking with Tom Cowan about the nature of this “game” in which we find ourselves. We’re being “thingified,” pushed into a mixed reality simulation. In order for capitalism to […]

Covid, Cybernetics, And The New Normal

This is a guest post written by a humanities teacher and freelance writer who holds a masters degree from the School of African and Oriental Studies, a public research university in London. It lays out over fifty concerns regarding pandemic policy implementation and plans for a cybernetic future, full spectrum dominance of life on the […]

On Cyberpunk, Sumer, Synagogues and Vending Machine Government

Happy New Year everyone! Please consider supporting Raul Diego’s year-end fundraiser for Silicon Icarus and help keep independent journalism off blockchain! You can donate here. Thanks in advance! While the information that follows about the Spanish Inquisition, early US synagogues, Sumerian tablets, Philadelphia financiers, cyberpunk, and blockchain government may seem out of place in a series […]

Poverty, Identity, and Child Gamers in Rio’s Favelas

I’m working on a longer piece about the social impact investing landscape in Brazil, but I wanted to quickly share my response to a clip I pulled from an interview on Derrick Broze’s “The Conscious Resistance Network” page. It’s short, only 90 seconds. In it Broze touches on what he considers problematic uses of blockchain […]

Who Voted In Davos? How Data-Driven Government and the Internet of Bodies Are Poised To Transform Smart Sustainable Cities Into Social Impact Prisons

What follows is a transcript of the remarks I made as part of an online forum, Politics In And Out Of Europe, hosted by Rutgers University’s Center for European Studies on Monday October 26, 2020. There were two panels followed by an hour of discussion. I was the second presenter. Framing remarks and response was […]

How Engineered Pandemics And Poverty Profit The Elite – Truthiverse Interview, October 2020

Alison McDowell is an independent activist, researcher and blogger who has a laser beam focus on what and who is behind the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Great Reset and what the future entails if the Technocrats get their way. If you want to know what the bigger agenda behind the pandemic is this is a great […]

How Privately Funded Recreation Centers Could Harm Children – Human Capital Finance In Brazil, Part One

In a December 2 tweet, Glenn Greenwald questions how a donation for the construction of a recreation center for poor children in Brazil could possibly enrich the donor. With that door left wide open, how could I resist? This is going to take a while to unpack, but if I were to try and boil […]

Conditional Cash Transfers and Cybernetic Futures

There’s much discussion of central bank digital currency these days, of its future implications and its technological origins. I’ve noticed, however, there are not many examining its roots in social policy. The concept of programmed money didn’t show up center stage in time for the Fourth Industrial Revolution without considerable advance planning. Social scientists and […]

Level Up – Life In A Post Pandemic Video Game

This event has already taken place. The slide share. The glossary of terms. This Saturday August 22, 2020 from 10am to 1pm EST, Joseph Gonzalez and I will host a three-hour program through Incite Seminars exploring what it would mean to live in an augmented reality gamified police state. Capitalism isn’t dying. It has, in […]