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The Individual and the Collective, Part Two

by Valkyrie Ice McGill

Last post we observed the dynamics of the collective in the terms of a small tribe, and indicated that at this size, things worked pretty well. That is not to say that error modes were not possible, but that when error modes arose, there were mechanisms in place to deal with those errors. Essentially, at this scale, the ability of individuals to veil their actions in a wall of secrecy did not exist. While it is certainly possible for the individual to lie, cheat, steal and deceive, such actions could only be carried out to a limited extent, and carried repercussions that were deleterious to that individuals long term well being.



The Individual and The Collective

by Valkyrie Ice McGill

Which is more important? The Individual, or the Collective? What if it’s neither?  In this multipart Essay, I will explore the worldview underlying my predictions and attempt to illustrate that one can be both a self serving individual only looking out for yourself, while at the same time understanding that it is in your own best interests to be an ethical collectivist, and why long term self interest is best served by reciprocal accountability and an end to secrecy.



Google Is Not Your Enemy. (But it’s not your friend either)

by Valkyrie Ice McGill

I am sure you have heard it constantly. "Google is (insert fear term here.)" They want to take over the internet, they are building skynet, they are invading our privacy, they are trying to become big brother, etc, etc, ad nausem.  Be it Glass, or their recent acquisition of numerous robotics firms, to even hiring Ray Kurzweil, Google has recently been in the news a lot, usually as the big bad boogieman of whatever news story you are reading.



A Problem of Concepts (Part 2 of 2)

by Valkyrie Ice McGill

This brings us to the second issue, the failure of the majority to understand the concept of a radically different economic paradigm from our present one. I have spent many articles discussing the fact that we are undergoing a transitional phase between two very different economic systems. In 'Adding our way to Abundance' I discuss how 3D printing is beginning to alter our material economy into one that is far more digital, in which the computer file describing how to make a physical object will become far more of a defining point of 'value' than the physical object itself.



A Problem of Concepts (Part 1 of 2)

by Valkyrie Ice McGill

Any attempt to guide the future must first understand the future, and to understand the future, one must first reject the “consensus view” of the future. The consensus view, shaped by decades of media visions of technological utopias, and corporate controlled dystopias, is filled with expectations that block any ability to examine future trends based on current technological realities with unrealistic concepts that demand the future conform to these pre-made “ideals”.



Virtual Assistants

by Valkyrie McGill

I should in all fairness start by telling you I am not an Apple fan. I haven’t been one since Apple was founded, and haven’t seen much evidence over the years for a need to change my opinion of them. But even I have to grudgingly admit that Apple has provided significant contributions to the advancement of technology.



#13: The Radicalness Of 3D Printing

by Valkyrie McGill

Way back in February of 2011, I wrote an extensive article for H+ on 3D printing and how it would allow a transition between an economy based on material “value” and scarcity to one based on nonmaterial “value” and abundance.



The RTU (Remote Telepresence Unit) Is Born

by Valkyrie McGill

Considering the sheer number of times I get told I’m insane by people who refuse to believe the possibilities I discuss for the various technologies I write about, it’s hard to resist the occasional “I told you so.”

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There Are Big Differences Between 3d Printing & VR

by Valkyrie McGill

Christoper Mims over at Technology Review wrote a piece and noted that he used the opening graphic from my H+ article (Adding Our Way to Abundance)…

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Future of Work: Custom Printed Bodies and the End of the 9-to-5 Job

by Valkyrie McGill

Need blue skin, four arms, or a tail? Want to augment and extend what you already have? I am here to help you become your own avatar. Does this idea sound too weird or far fetched? The basic technology already exists to print out custom organs, augment the body with its own cells, and much more.

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The Radicalness Of 3D Printing

by Valkyrie McGill

Way back in February of 2011, I wrote an extensive article for H+ on 3D printing and how it would allow a transition between an economy based on material “value” and scarcity to one based on nonmaterial “value” and abundance.

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Privacy and Secrecy are Not The Same Thing - My Refutation of Cryptography

by Valkyrie McGill

I’ve been having many arguments about transparency and “privacy”, so I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about “Cryptography” - one of the first arguments thrown up when I point out that transparency means an end to secrecy.

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The Not-So-Fine Line Between Privacy and Secrecy

by Valkyrie McGill

Transparency forces accountability. Secrecy enables an escape from accountability. It really cannot be made any plainer than that.

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How Transparency Will End Tyranny

by Valkyrie McGill

Most of you followed last year’s revolution in Egypt, and how protestors used Twitter, Facebook, etc, and the effort the government made to “shut down the internet”.  This illustrated very effectively how the internet is a tool that is inherently hostile to “information control.”

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