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    • Over on Well (one of the oldest online places in existence - since 1985!), Bruce Sterling, Jon Lebkowsky and a few choice invitees are starting their traditional, two-week convo on the state of the world we are in and speculation on where we might be going. Always interesting, often informative, sometimes mind-blowing.

      I suggest you bookmark and dip in a couple of times over the next two weeks.

    • Wow, the quotes:

      In 2018, the British were the gloomiest and doomiest that
      I've ever seen 'em.  They all know they're about to pound nails
      through their naked feet with big hammers.
      I travelled quite a lot in late 2018, but I found pretty much
      the same mood, spread worldwide.   It's the "new dark."   Tallinn
      and Bangalore were were  the brighter standouts -- more energetic,
      more sense of get-up and go -- but there's just not much twinkly,
      sparkly social energy out there.
    • I haven’t been on the WELL in twenty years and it definitely looks that old visually. Maybe that isn’t an issue for their community since they’re on their fourth decade.

      @jpop Is there a way to increase the font size?

    • Yep, he does know how to get his point across. I frequently use his description of what the future will be like: Old people, living in cities, afraid of the sky.

      He's also a world-class curmudgeon.

      Here he is, throwing live grenades into the audience of young startup-dudes. He really gets going at about 8 minute mark:

      Chit-chat after the talk must have been... interesting. :-)

    • Wow, what a speech! What made it so hard to hear is how true it is with regard to the investor community.

      I think that's what happened to Zuckerberg. He was just a very young software engineer, idealistic, when his investors decided it was time to sell Facebook to Yahoo for $1 billion. He didn't want to do it but had no choice in the matter.

      When Yahoo blinked and reduced the offer to $800 million, it hit the money guys where it counted. That made them willing to consider Zuck's ideas for how to get growth going again. I don't think Zuck was ever the most moral guy, but it's my guess that this is when he made a deal with the devil to grow at all costs, almost whatever it took.

    • I get Bruce's attitude. He was there at the very beginning of the digital/online revolution (as one of the cyberpunk pioneers), idealistic and full of hope, only to see it turned into a tool of the same moneyed class that ruled before, just with a different set of huge companies running everything.

    • A little bump, for those who haven't read the 2019 thread to peruse it, and to remind others that the 2020 topic will be coming up in early January!