This page contains clickable versions of all the endnotes in Vital Foresight.

  1. “Definitions of Transhumanism” collected by Anders Sandberg, 1997 https://web.archive.org/web/19970712091927/http://www.aleph.se/Trans/Intro/definitions.html
  2. “Humanity+: What We Do” https://humanityplus.org/
  3. “Natasha Vita-More PhD” https://natashavita-more.com/
  4. One example is from August 2001: “Towards the 100 millionth Symbian OS phone” available at https://deltawisdom.com/insight/august-2001/
  5. As covered in my 2014 book Smartphones and Beyond: The remarkable rise and fall of Symbian https://smartphonesandbeyond.com/
  6. In Technology, Management and Society by Peter F. Drucker, Harper and Row, 1970
  7. “Welcome to London Futurists” https://londonfuturists.com/
  8. “Futurism Is Dead” by Hope Cristol, Wired, 2003 https://www.wired.com/2003/12/futurism-is-dead/; “Bullshit Jobs – Futurist, Thought Leader, Leader… if you call yourself this, you’re most probably not” by Donald Clark, 2018 http://donaldclarkplanb.blogspot.com/2018/09/bullshit-jobs-forget-technology-and.html; “Predictions are shit (& calling yourself a Futurist is silly)” by Bruce McTague, Enlightened Conflict, 2019 http://brucemctague.com/tag/futurists-are-just-full-of-shit
  9. For the importance of narrative in transforming our future, see The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren’t Enough by Alex Evans, Transworld Digital, 2017, and “ReWriting the Human Story: How Our Story Determines Our Future” by Nikola Danaylov, Singularity Weblog, 2021 https://www.singularityweblog.com/rewriting-the-human-story-how-our-story-determines-our-future/
  10. “The Mont Fleur Scenarios” by Adam Kahane, Pieter le Roux, Vincent Maphai, et al, Deeper News, Global Business Network, 1992 https://reospartners.com/wp-content/uploads/old/Mont%20Fleur.pdf
  11. “Mont Fleur Conference Centre” https://www.montfleur.co.za/about/
  12. Excerpt from Transformative Scenario Planning by Adam Kahane, Penguin Random House, 2012 https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/575191/transformative-scenario-planning-by-adam-kahane/9781609944902/excerpt
  13. “Bio: Adam Kahane” https://reospartners.com/reos-management/adam-kahane/
  14. Rabble-Rouser for Peace: The Authorised Biography of Desmond Tutu by John Allen, Free Press, 2006
  15. Breaking the Mould, The Role of Scenarios in Shaping South Africa’s Future by Nick Segal, Sun Press, 2007
  16. The scenarios can be viewed in video format: “Mont Fleur Scenarios” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f92RYCZMwEk
  17. “The Icarus Scenario” by Clem Sunter, News 24, 2010 https://www.news24.com/news24/columnists/clemsunter/The-Icarus-Scenario-20100120
  18. “Statement by Mr Mboweni at his inauguration as new Governor of the Reserve Bank of South Africa”, Bank for International Settlements, 1999 https://www.bis.org/review/r990812c.pdf
  19. “An Essay on Criticism” by Alexander Pope, 1711, in Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive https://www.eighteenthcenturypoetry.org/works/o3675-w0010.shtml
  20. “A Little Learning”, Poets’ Graves https://www.poetsgraves.co.uk/Classic%20Poems/Pope/a_little_learning.htm
  21. “The Neuroses of the Railway” by Ralph Harrington, History Today, July 1994 https://www.historytoday.com/archive/neuroses-railway
  22. “There is No Reason for Any Individual To Have a Computer in Their Home” by Garson O’Toole, Quote Investigator, 2017 https://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/09/14/home-computer/
  23. Association of Professional Futurists https://www.apf.org/
  24. The Foresight Institute https://foresight.org/
  25. The Millennium Project http://www.millennium-project.org/
  26. The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET) https://ieet.org/
  27. Chapter 29, verse 18, in the King James translation
  28. The reference is to the interpretation by Joseph of the dreams of the Pharaoh, from Chapter 41 of the Book of Genesis
  29. “Social cycle theory”, Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_cycle_theory
  30. The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History by William K. Klingaman and Nicholas P. Klingaman, St. Martin’s Press, 2013
  31. “Ignaz Semmelweis and the birth of infection control” by M Best and D Neuhauser, BMJ Quality and Safety, 2004 https://qualitysafety.bmj.com/content/13/3/233
  32. “Continental Drift: Theory & Definition” by Becky Oskin, Live Science, 2017 https://www.livescience.com/37529-continental-drift.html
  33. “Shape the future: Our vision” https://web.archive.org/web/20200930041646/https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/about/careers/working-at-cisco/executive.html
  34. “Be moved” http://corporate.sony.ca/html/sonyinfo/index.html
  35. “The mission and history of Dell Computers” https://www.thebalancesmb.com/dell-computer-company-profile-2892813
  36. “A computer in every home: How a crazy ‘shared mission’ drove Microsoft’s early days” from Microsoft Secrets: An Insider’s View of the Rocket Ride from Worst to First and Lessons Learned on the Journey by Dave Jaworski, Tech In Asia, 2018 https://www.techinasia.com/computer-home-crazy-shared-mission-drove-microsofts-early-days
  37. “From the garage to the Googleplex” https://about.google/our-story/
  38. “About Tesla” https://www.tesla.com/about
  39. “BHAG – Big Hairy Audacious Goal” from Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras, 1994 https://www.jimcollins.com/article_topics/articles/BHAG.html
  40. “We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN” by Jonathan Watts, The Guardian, 2018 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report
  41. Human Extinction: A History of Thinking About the End of the World by Phil Torres, forthcoming, 2021
  42. Population Bomb by Paul R. Ehrlich, Ballantyne Books, New York, 1968, revised 1971 and 1978. Later editions of the book changed “in the 1970s” in that quote to “in the 1970s and 1980s”
  43. “Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against Helping the Poor” by Garrett Hardin, Psychology Today, 1974 https://www.garretthardinsociety.org/articles/art_lifeboat_ethics_case_against_helping_poor.html
  44. What to Expect when No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster by Jonathan V. Last, Encounter Books, 2013, page 7
  45. “The Real Causes of Famine” by Jeffrey Sach, Time Magazine, 1998 https://www.earth.columbia.edu/sitefiles/file/Sachs%20Writing/1998/Time_1998_TheRealCausesofFamine_10_26_98.pdf
  46. More from Less: The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources by Andrew McAfee, Scribner, 2019
  47. “The Father of the Green Revolution” by Henry I. Miller, Hoover Institution, 2012 https://www.hoover.org/research/father-green-revolution
  48. How Innovation Works by Matt Ridley, 4th Estate, 2020, section “Dwarfing Genes from Japan”
  49. “The Population Bomb Revisited” by Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich, The Electronic Journal of Sustainable Development, 2009 http://www.populationmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/Population-Bomb-Revisited-Paul-Ehrlich-20096.pdf
  50. “The Swine Flu Panic of 2009” by Philip Bethge et al, Spiegel International, 2010 https://www.spiegel.de/international/world/reconstruction-of-a-mass-hysteria-the-swine-flu-panic-of-2009-a-682613.html
  51. “2009 swine flu pandemic by country”, Wikipedia summary of official reports https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_swine_flu_pandemic_by_country
  52. “Director-General Statement following the first meeting of the Emergency Committee”, World Health Organization, 2009 https://www.who.int/news/item/25-04-2009-director-general-statement-following-the-first-meeting-of-the-emergency-committee
  53. “World now at the start of 2009 influenza pandemic” by Margaret Chan, World Health Organization, 2009 https://reliefweb.int/report/world/world-now-start-2009-influenza-pandemic-statement-press-who-director-general-dr
  54. “The Swine Flu Panic of 2009” by Philip Bethge et al, Spiegel International, 2010 https://www.spiegel.de/international/world/reconstruction-of-a-mass-hysteria-the-swine-flu-panic-of-2009-a-682613.html
  55. “Global Estimates of 2009 H1N1 Pandemic Mortality Released by CDC-Led Collaboration”, CDC, 2012 https://www.cdc.gov/flu/spotlights/pandemic-global-estimates.htm
  56. “Interview: Dr. Richard Schabas” by Meagan Fitzpatrick, Canwest News Service, 2009 https://web.archive.org/web/20091214081830/http://www.canada.com/health/interview+richard+schabas/2221030/story.html
  57. “Council of Europe will investigate and debate on ‘Faked Pandemic’” by Wolfgang Wodarg, 2010 https://web.archive.org/web/20100215080904/http://www.wodarg.de/english/2948146.html
  58. “Conflicts of interest and pandemic flu” by Fiona Godlee, BMJ, 2010 http://www.bmj.com/content/340/bmj.c2947.full
  59. “We Go From Hysteria to Hysteria” by Dennis Prager, Real Clear Politics, 2020 https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/03/03/we_go_from_hysteria_to_hysteria_142552.html
  60. “Exercise Cygnus uncovered: the pandemic warnings buried by the government” by Paul Nuki and Bill Gardner, Daily Telegraph, 2020 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/28/exercise-cygnus-uncovered-pandemic-warnings-buried-government/
  61. “Revealed: the secret report that gave ministers warning of care home coronavirus crisis” by David Pegg, Robert Booth, and David Conn, The Guardian, 2020 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/07/revealed-the-secret-report-that-gave-ministers-warning-of-care-home-coronavirus-crisis
  62. COVID-19: The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One by Debora MacKenzie, Hachette Books, 2020
  63. “What were climate scientists predicting in the 1970s?” SkepticalScience https://skepticalscience.com/ice-age-predictions-in-1970s-intermediate.htm
  64. “Newsweek’s ‘Global Cooling’ Article From April 28, 1975” by Peter Gwynne https://www.scribd.com/doc/225798861/Newsweek-s-Global-Cooling-Article-From-April-28-1975
  65. “The Editor’s Desk”, Newsweek, 2007 https://www.newsweek.com/editors-desk-98979
  66. “From Global Cooling to Global Cooling” by Steve Taylor, The View From Mid-America, 2010 http://viewfrommidamerica.blogspot.com/2010/09/from-global-cooling-to-global-cooling.html
  67. “Sorry, a TIME Magazine Cover Did Not Predict a Coming Ice Age” by Bryan Walsh, Time, 2013 https://science.time.com/2013/06/06/sorry-a-time-magazine-cover-did-not-predict-a-coming-ice-age/
  68. “The Myth of the 1970s Global Cooling Scientific Consensus” by Thomas C. Peterson et al, Bulletin of American Meteorological Society, 2008 https://journals.ametsoc.org/bams/article/89/9/1325/59455/THE-MYTH-OF-THE-1970s-GLOBAL-COOLING-SCIENTIFIC
  69. “Reid Bryson: University of Wisconsin Climatologist and Meteorologist”, by Bill Hanley, Mother Earth News, 1976 https://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/reid-bryson-zmaz76mazraw
  70. “My 1975 ‘Cooling World’ Story Doesn’t Make Today’s Climate Scientists Wrong” by Peter Gwynne, Inside Science, 2014 https://www.insidescience.org/news/my-1975-cooling-world-story-doesnt-make-todays-climate-scientists-wrong
  71. “Alan Turing to be the face of new £50 note”, Bank of England, 2019 https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/news/2019/july/50-pound-banknote-character-announcement
  72. “This Is Only a Foretaste of What Is To Come, and Only the Shadow of What Is Going To Be”, Quote Investigator, 2019 https://quoteinvestigator.com/2019/10/12/ai-shadow/
  73. “The Turing Digital Archive” http://www.turingarchive.org/browse.php/b/4
  74. “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” by Alan Turing, Mind, 1950 https://www.csee.umbc.edu/courses/471/papers/turing.pdf
  75. “A proposal for the Dartmouth summer research project on Artificial Intelligence” by J. McCarthy et al, August 31, 1955 http://raysolomonoff.com/dartmouth/boxa/dart564props.pdf
  76. “Heuristic Problem Solving: The Next Advance in Operations Research” by Herbert Simon and Allen Newell, Operations Research, 1958 https://pubsonline.informs.org/doi/abs/10.1287/opre.6.1.1
  77. “Allen Newell, 1975” by Hunter Heyck, ACM Awards https://amturing.acm.org/award_winners/newell_3167755.cfm
  78. “Press Release”, The Nobel Prize, 1978 https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/economic-sciences/1978/press-release/
  79. “Chess Championship: Machines Play, People Watch” by Craig Stinson, Softline, January 1982 http://www.cgwmuseum.org/galleries/issues/softline_1.3.pdf
  80. Computer Chess by Monroe Newborn, Academic Press, 1975
  81. Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach by Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig, Prentice Hall, 1995
  82. “The Drosophila of AI”, Chess Programming Wiki article about Stephen Coles https://www.chessprogramming.org/L._Stephen_Coles#The_Drosophila_of_AI
  83. “The Mystery of Go, the Ancient Game That Computers Still Can’t Win” by Alan Levinovitz, Wired, 2014 https://www.wired.com/2014/05/the-world-of-computer-go/
  84. “What the AI behind AlphaGo can teach us about being human”, by Cade Metz, Wired, 2016 https://www.wired.com/2016/05/google-alpha-go-ai/
  85. “Mastering Chess and Shogi by Self-Play with a General Reinforcement Learning Algorithm”, David Silver et al, arXiv, 2017 https://arxiv.org/abs/1712.01815
  86. “No plan survives contact with the enemy”, Boot Camp & Military Fitness Institute https://bootcampmilitaryfitnessinstitute.com/military-and-outdoor-fitness-articles/no-plan-survives-contact-with-the-enemy/
  87. “Plans Are Worthless, But Planning Is Everything”, Quote Investigator, 2017 https://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/11/18/planning/
  88. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=ooFGl74WbXsC&pg=PT209
  89. “The Maginot Line – 11 Fascinating Facts About France’s Great Wall” Military History Now, 2017 https://militaryhistorynow.com/2017/05/07/the-great-wall-of-france-11-remarkable-facts-about-the-maginot-line/
  90. See references quoted in Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_France#Popular_reaction_in_Germany
  91. “Mein Kampf”, Wikiquote https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Mein_Kampf
  92. “Stalin’s Intelligence”, by Niall Ferguson, New York Times, 2005 https://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/12/books/arts/stalins-intelligence.html
  93. “The Eastern Front”, The National WW2 Museum https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/eastern-front
  94. “Fooling Hitler: The Elaborate Ruse Behind D-Day” by Christopher Klein, History Stories, 2014 https://www.history.com/news/fooling-hitler-the-elaborate-ruse-behind-d-day
  95. “Famous Deceptions of World War 2” by Stephanie Huesler, History Undusted, 2014 https://historyundusted.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/famous-deceptions-of-world-war-2/
  96. The Great Illusion by Norman Angell, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1910
  97. “World War One: First war was impossible, then inevitable” by Anatole Kaletsky, Reuters, 2014 https://web.archive.org/web/20140701010006/http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/06/27/world-war-one-first-war-was-impossible-then-inevitable/
  98. Quote included in “A mirror on the crisis” by Hamish McRae, The Independent, 2008 http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/the-ascent-of-money-by-niall-ferguson-980013.html
  99. “Flight 8969: GIGN’s Greatest Hour” by Mike Perry, SOFREP, 2012 https://sofrep.com/news/flight-8969-gign/
  100. “Swatting Hijackers Away: The Hijacking of Air France 8969 and the GIGN Intervention” by Massimo Catusi and Daniela Tardo, Aviation Security International, 2019 https://www.asi-mag.com/swatting-hijackers-away-the-hijacking-of-air-france-8969-and-the-gign-intervention/
  101. “Operation Bojinka’s bombshell” by Matthew Brzezinski, The Star, 2002 https://web.archive.org/web/20020614124327/http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar%2FLayout%2FArticle_PrintFriendly&c=Article&cid=1009926464027
  102. “Echoes of ’95 Manila Plot” by Terry McDermott, Los Angeles Times, 2006 https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2006-aug-11-na-manila11-story.html
  103. “Yousef bombs Philippines Airlines Flight 434”, Global Security https://web.archive.org/web/20061128034427/https://www.globalsecurity.org/security/profiles/yousef_bombs_philippines_airlines_flight_434.htm
  104. “The Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism: Who Becomes a Terrorist and Why?” by Rex A. Hudson, Library of Congress, 1999 https://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/pdf-files/Soc_Psych_of_Terrorism.pdf
  105. “A Review of the FBI’s Handling of Intelligence Information Prior to the September 11 Attacks, Chapter 3”, Office of the Inspector General, 2004 https://web.archive.org/web/20051205061924/http://www.justice.gov/oig/special/0506/chapter3.htm
  106. “What the CIA knew before 9/11: New details” by Chris Whipple, Politico, 2015 https://www.politico.eu/article/attacks-will-be-spectacular-cia-war-on-terror-bush-bin-laden/
  107. “The Twentieth Hijacker” by Jason Zengerle, New York Magazine, 2011 https://nymag.com/news/9-11/10th-anniversary/twentieth-hijacker/
  108. “The FBI’s Handling of the Phoenix Electronic Communication and Investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui Prior to September 11, 2001” by Eleanor Hill, 2002 https://fas.org/irp/congress/2002_hr/092402hill.html
  109. “Damning evidence highlights FBI bungles” by Jerry Markon and Timothy Dwyer, Washington Post, 2006 https://www.smh.com.au/world/damning-evidence-highlights-fbi-bungles-20060322-gdn7hz.html
  110. “Government Terrorist Trackers Before 9/11: Higher Ups Wouldn’t Listen” by Sean Naylor, History, 2017 https://www.history.com/news/government-terrorist-trackers-before-911-higher-ups-wouldnt-listen
  111. “Traces of Terrorism: The Warnings, F.B.I. Knew for Years About Terror Pilot Training” by Philip Shenon, New York Times, 2002 https://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/18/us/traces-of-terrorism-the-warnings-fbi-knew-for-years-about-terror-pilot-training.html
  112. “Proof that life is getting better for humanity, in 5 charts” by Max Roser, Vox, 2016 https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2016/12/23/14062168/history-global-conditions-charts-life-span-poverty
  113. “Global Inequality of Opportunity”, Our World In Data by Max Roser, 2019 https://ourworldindata.org/global-inequality-of-opportunity
  114. “Top 1% net personal wealth share, United Kingdom, 1896-2012”, World Inequality Database, https://wid.world/country/united-kingdom/
  115. “Top 1% net personal wealth share, USA, 1913-2016”, World Inequality Database, https://wid.world/country/usa/
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  117. “Statement from the new Prime Minister Theresa May”, 13 July 2016 https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/statement-from-the-new-prime-minister-theresa-may
  118. “Social care services: funding cuts are biting hard” by Simon Bottery, The Kings Fund, 2020 https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/blog/2020/01/social-care-funding-cuts-are-biting-hard
  119. “‘Deaths of despair’: The deadly epidemic that predated coronavirus” by Roge Karma, Vox, 2020 https://www.vox.com/2020/4/15/21214734/deaths-of-despair-coronavirus-covid-19-angus-deaton-anne-case-americans-deaths
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  121. “Germanwings crash: Who was co-pilot Andreas Lubitz?”, BBC News, 2017 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32072220
  122. “An Accurate Look at Timothy McVeigh’s Beliefs” by Bruce Prescott, Good Faith Media, 2010 https://goodfaithmedia.org/an-accurate-look-at-timothy-mcveighs-beliefs-cms-15532/
  123. “Aum Shinrikyo: The Japanese cult behind the Tokyo Sarin attack”, BBC News, 2018 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-35975069
  124. “The Next Wave of Extremists Will Be Green” by Jamie Bartlett, Foreign Policy, 2017 https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/09/01/the-green-radicals-are-coming-environmental-extremism/
  125. “Accidental Nuclear War: A Timeline of Close Calls”, Future of Life Institute http://futureoflife.org/background/nuclear-close-calls-a-timeline/
  126. “Mike Pompeo, Trump’s pick for secretary of state, talks about politics as a battle of good and evil”, by Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, 2018 https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/3/15/17117298/mike-pompeo-trump-secretary-of-state-politics-battle-evangelical-holy-war-christian
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  128. “‘Wet markets’ likely launched the coronavirus. Here’s what you need to know” by Dina Fine Maron, National Geographic, 2020 https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/science-and-technology/2020/04/wet-markets-likely-launched-coronavirus-heres-what-you-need-know
  129. “Biologists are trying to make bird flu easier to spread. Can we not?” by Kelsey Piper, Vox, 2019 https://www.vox.com/2019/2/17/18225938/biologists-are-trying-to-make-bird-flu-easier-to-spread-can-we-not
  130. “How smallpox claimed its final victim” by Monica Rimmer, BBC News, 2018 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-45101091
  131. “Threatened pandemics and laboratory escapes: Self-fulfilling prophecies” by Martin Furmanski, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 2014 https://thebulletin.org/2014/03/threatened-pandemics-and-laboratory-escapes-self-fulfilling-prophecies/
  132. “How deadly pathogens have escaped the lab – over and over again” by Kelsey Piper, Vox, 2019 https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/3/20/18260669/deadly-pathogens-escape-lab-smallpox-bird-flu
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  134. “How a Cult Used Salad Bars to Orchestrate the Worst Bioterror Attack in US History” by Mayukh Sen, Vice, 2018 https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/kzp4n9/wild-wild-country-netflix-salad-bar-bioterror-attack
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  136. “How North Korea got away with the assassination of Kim Jong-nam” by Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Benjamin Haas, The Guardian, 2019 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/01/how-north-korea-got-away-with-the-assassination-of-kim-jong-nam
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  138. “WH: Kim Jong Un behind massive WannaCry malware attack” by Joe Uchill, The Hill, 2017 https://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/365580-wh-kim-jong-un-ordered-release-of-disastrous-wannacry-malware
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  140. Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon by Kim Zetter, Crown, 2014
  141. “The inside story of the biggest hack in history” by Jose Pagliery, CNN Business, 2015 https://money.cnn.com/2015/08/05/technology/aramco-hack/index.html
  142. “Sony Cyberattack, First a Nuisance, Swiftly Grew Into a Firestorm” by Michael Cieply and Brooks Barnes, New York Times, 2014 https://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/31/business/media/sony-attack-first-a-nuisance-swiftly-grew-into-a-firestorm-.html
  143. “More deaths linked to Ashley Madison hack as scammers move in” by Iain Thomson, The Register, 2015 https://www.theregister.com/2015/08/24/death_toll_ashley_madison/
  144. “Equifax data breach FAQ: What happened, who was affected, what was the impact?” by Josh Fruhlinger, CSO, 2020 https://www.csoonline.com/article/3444488/equifax-data-breach-faq-what-happened-who-was-affected-what-was-the-impact.html
  145. “A new data leak hits Aadhaar, India’s national ID database” by Zack Whittaker, ZDNet, 2018 https://www.zdnet.com/article/another-data-leak-hits-india-aadhaar-biometric-database/
  146. “When cyberwar struck its first civilian target” by Brian Nussbaum, Nature, 2019 https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03457-9
  147. Dawn of the Code War: America’s Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat by John P. Carlin and Garrett M. Graff, Public Affairs, 2018
  148. “Venezuela data offer rare glimpse of economic chaos” by Gideon Long, Financial Times, 2019 https://www.ft.com/content/5cb83c1c-821b-11e9-b592-5fe435b57a3b
  149. “IMF sees Venezuela inflation at 10 million percent in 2019”, Reuters, 2018 https://in.reuters.com/article/venezuela-economy-idINKCN1MJ1YX
  150. “On the Measurement of Zimbabwe’s Hyperinflation” by Steve H. Hanke and Alex Kwok, Cato Journal, 2009 https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2264895
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RAFT 2035 – a new initiative for a new decade

The need for a better politics is more pressing than ever.

Since its formation, Transpolitica has run a number of different projects aimed at building momentum behind a technoprogressive vision for a better politics. For a new decade, it’s time to take a different approach, to build on previous initiatives.

The planned new vehicle has the name “RAFT 2035”.

RAFT is an acronym:

  • Roadmap (‘R’) – not just a lofty aspiration, but specific steps and interim targets
  • towards Abundance (‘A’) for all – beyond a world of scarcity and conflict
  • enabling Flourishing (‘F’) as never before – with life containing not just possessions, but enriched experiences, creativity, and meaning
  • via Transcendence (‘T’) – since we won’t be able to make progress by staying as we are.

RAFT is also a metaphor. Here’s a copy of the explanation:

When turbulent waters are bearing down fast, it’s very helpful to have a sturdy raft at hand.

The fifteen years from 2020 to 2035 could be the most turbulent of human history. Revolutions are gathering pace in four overlapping fields of technology: nanotech, biotech, infotech, and cognotech, or NBIC for short. In combination, these NBIC revolutions offer enormous new possibilities – enormous opportunities and enormous risks:…

Rapid technological change tends to provoke a turbulent social reaction. Old certainties fade. New winners arrive on the scene, flaunting their power, and upturning previous networks of relationships. Within the general public, a sense of alienation and disruption mingles with a sense of profound possibility. Fear and hope jostle each other. Whilst some social metrics indicate major progress, others indicate major setbacks. The claim “You’ve never had it so good” coexists with the counterclaim “It’s going to be worse than ever”. To add to the bewilderment, there seems to be lots of evidence confirming both views.

The greater the pace of change, the more intense the dislocation. Due to the increased scale, speed, and global nature of the ongoing NBIC revolutions, the disruptions that followed in the wake of previous industrial revolutions – seismic though they were – are likely to be dwarfed in comparison to what lies ahead.

Turbulent times require a space for shelter and reflection, clear navigational vision despite the mists of uncertainty, and a powerful engine for us to pursue our own direction, rather than just being carried along by forces outside our control. In short, turbulent times require a powerful “raft” – a roadmap to a future in which the extraordinary powers latent in NBIC technologies are used to raise humanity to new levels of flourishing, rather than driving us over some dreadful precipice.

The words just quoted come from the opening page of a short book that is envisioned to be published in January 2020. The chapters of this book are reworked versions of the scripts used in the recent “Technoprogressive roadmap” series of videos.

Over the next couple of weeks, all the chapters of this proposed book will be made available for review and comment:

  • As pages on the Transpolitica website, starting here
  • As shared Google documents, starting here, where comments and suggestions are welcome.

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All being well, RAFT 2035 will also become a conference, held sometime around the middle of 2020.

You may note that, in that way that RAFT 2035 is presented to the world,

  • The word “transhumanist” has moved into the background – since that word tends to provoke many hostile reactions
  • The word “technoprogressive” also takes a backseat – since, again, that word has negative connotations in at least some circles.

If you like the basic idea of what’s being proposed, here’s how you can help:

  • Read some of the content that is already available, and provide comments
    • If you notice something that seems mistaken, or difficult to understand
    • If you think there is a gap that should be addressed
    • If you think there’s a better way to express something.

Thanks in anticipation!

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