May 1st 2009, Accelerando
One of my favourite recent books is ‘Accelerando’ by Charles Stross, one of a great new wave of UK science fiction writers who are considering the impact of the digital age and just how near that “singularity” might be. See the book The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology which is a 2005 update of Raymond Kurzweil‘s 1999 book, The Age of Spiritual Machines and his 1987 book The Age of Intelligent Machines for more info (thanks to Wikipedia for that). ”Accelerando” starts with the main character in Amsterdam: “The bandwidth is good here, he realizes; and it’s not just the bandwidth, it’s the whole scene…………”. As well as being advised by the City of Amsterdam on how we can learn lessons from their amazing ‘CityNet’ project, which is delivering accessible and affordable fibre to the premises in tens of thousands of buildings across the city, we are also trying to take the technology out of the equation so that it is rather the “whole scene” that drives innovation, investment and imagination in creating a sustainable digital city of the future. More on that story later………. [read "Accelerando" too!!]. On June 22nd we hope to have colleagues from Amsterdam in Manchester for a workshop on “Digital Britain, Digital Europe”, get the date in your diary! We’ll confirm all the details later.
Posted on: May 1, 2009.