Month: July 2016

Dearest Robot Mine

When I am old decades hence, a robot may be the ultimate companion. Not just able to read me shakespeare, but render it in the best voices, tuned to my emotional state and my being. Even stage an enaction through what is then the oculus rift. It can in the infinity of whatever spotify is …

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Are We Luddites?

First, let’s not assume that what was true in the past is true in the future, that just is not a given one can bank on. History has shown us that indeed, technology leads to an increase in productivity and wealth. Why of course it does, otherwise technologies wouldn’t have been implemented. What history has …

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The Chilcot hearings

The refugees escaping from Syria only have one destination: the west. Because there they know they will be relatively safe and free. Not in Russia, not even among their own religious kin do they find welcome. No matter how stupid and self-destructive the adventure in Iraq was, it has left unchanged the basic underlying ideological …

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From black to green

The oil companies still are in retreat. Especially the Ben van Beurden quote saying that there are decades of opportunities left in oil and gas is indicative of not really knowing what’s next and where to go, especially at ‘big oil’ scale. Shale really is the core of the problem for big oil: recoverable reserves of tight oil …

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