Ignore the skeptics. America can still grow.

Summary: Can America no longer grow? Have we exhausted the potential for future technological progress? Let's look at how far we have come and ask if the engines of progress that produced these wonders can no longer work for us. “Innovation of new forms of society and technology. It is the key to our progress. … Continue reading Ignore the skeptics. America can still grow.

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Robots are the solution to our problems, if we enslave them

Summary: Star Trek excites our imaginations, including those of economists imaging a world beyond scarcity. How will the economy run with almost unlimited wealth? This post looks at improbable aspects of this vision, including the robot revolt, and asks if our future will resemble Jupiter Ascending more than Star Trek. Contents Trekonomics The Solution: robots … Continue reading Robots are the solution to our problems, if we enslave them

A post-holiday bulletin: government fear-mongering makes us less prepared!

Summary:  We've survived yet another brush with death from terror, although we disregarded the barrage of warnings on cable news to wet our pants on command of the FBI. There are lessons from this, if we wish to learn. Fear-mongering makes us less prepared for the eventual attack.  This is a post-holiday follow-up to Prepare … Continue reading A post-holiday bulletin: government fear-mongering makes us less prepared!

Looking at technological singularities in our past & future

Summary:  It becomes increasingly clear that the rate of technological progress might accelerate in the coming years, taking us to an unknown world. Here we look at singularities past and future to help chart a course ahead, avoiding the dangers and seizing the benefits. This is a revised version of a post from 2007, one … Continue reading Looking at technological singularities in our past & future

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is a well-manufactured entertainment product.

Summary:  As a break from the FM website's usual fare of geopolitical realism, today film critic Locke Peterseim reviews Disney's "Guardians of the Galaxy". He shows how its industrial capitalism applied to the creative industries, Disney's entertainment product assembly line adapted to the 21st century. Post your views in the comments.  {2nd of 2 posts … Continue reading “Guardians of the Galaxy” is a well-manufactured entertainment product.

Interstellar’s Quantum Love and Other Cosmic Horses#*t

Summary:  As a break from the FM website's usual fare of geopolitical realism, today film critic Locke Peterseim reviews "Interstellar", an example of what passes for a science fiction film in our time. He explores its shallow but exquisitely rendered plot, so deftly revealing the themes that excite us. Perhaps another day he'll explain why … Continue reading Interstellar’s Quantum Love and Other Cosmic Horses#*t

Pacific Rim‘s Monster-sized Fun

Summary:  Today we have another guest post by film critic Locke Peterseim, reviewing Pacific Rim. It's something different, a break in our series of reviews of films that providea mirror in which we can see ourselves.  I haven't commented on these movies -- leaving the reviews to the pro. I hated The Lone Ranger, which … Continue reading Pacific Rim‘s Monster-sized Fun