Mars Curiosity, Planetary Resources, slaves and the Louisiana Territory: putting things in historical context and plans for the future

What do Mars Curiosity, Planetary Resources, the 1803 Louisiana Purchase and the 1802 slave rebellion of Saint Domingue have in common, and what insight can this provide for our collective futures?  The clue is that both Mars and the Louisiana Purchase are big and Planetary Resources and Saint Domingue are small. The summer of 2012 has proven to be More...

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By historyfuturenow On Saturday, July 28th, 2012
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Black Swans and why History, Future. Now is not bleak

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is famous for his 2008 book, The Black Swan, in which he came up with a very simple idea: that big changes can suddenly happen, apparently out of nowhere.  He uses the Wall Street crash, More...

By historyfuturenow On Thursday, July 26th, 2012
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Automation providing a world of luxury, or mass poverty?

For the past 50 years there has been an expectation that the next generation will have a higher quality of life than the previous generation. With increased computerisation, globalisation and automation this expectation More...

By historyfuturenow On Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
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Highlander: There can be only one and the impact of longevity on society

Highlander, staring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, is one of best movies of the 1980s.  I watched it again last night and, although it is dated and cheesy, it remains a great film with some fantastic music More...

By historyfuturenow On Friday, July 6th, 2012
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What my 8 year old can teach us about the Roman Army and Hadrian’s Wall in 6 minutes

Join my 8 year old daughter as she hosts a six minute long documentary about Hadrian’s Wall. There seems to be a stong focus on the latrines. Anna Kate Roman Army on Hadrian’s Wall from Tristan Fischer More...

By historyfuturenow On Thursday, July 5th, 2012
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Rare earth metals, China and the transfer of power

Rare earth metals are not exactly a typical dinner party topic of conversation.  But perhaps they should be:  they combine high technology and the global balance of power, with an interesting discussion about More...

By historyfuturenow On Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
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The implications of solar power reaching grid parity

As many of you know, I am the CEO of Lumicity, a renewable energy development company, focusing on solar, wind and biomass energy. I am a director of a wave energy company, Aquamarine Power. I previously worked More...

By historyfuturenow On Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
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What the Roman Empire can teach us about the benefits of immigration

Amy Chua is a Yale University history professor who gave a speech in 2008 about the five Hyper Powers that have existed in history.  The main thrust of her thesis is that societies that are open and tolerant of More...

By historyfuturenow On Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
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What Japan can teach the world about Robots, Immigration and Old Age

Japan is at the forefront of the humanoid robotics revolution.  This is not just an expression of Japan’s electro mechanical prowess, but runs deeper: it is part of a cultural phenomenon.  Robots in Japanese More...

By historyfuturenow On Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
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A real Industrial Revolution: 3D printing and the impact on jobs

3D printing has been getting a lot of press recently with journalists breathlessly describing the latest and greatest thing that 3D printing can do: print human organs; print beautiful prosthetic legs; print More...