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Thursday, March 15, 2012
What Should I Share With the Folks at the World Futurist Society?
I have had an interesting and still-ongoing exchange with futurologist Patrick Tucker (it's here, should you want to put in your own two cents) which has now yielded the rather unexpected result that Tucker has created a blog-perch at the World Future Society on which I have been welcomed (for now) to re-post occasional material. I actually subscribed to the "The Futurist" a while back, and although it has more than its share of Superlative Futurologists on hand it also features a substantial dose of more mainstream futurology and pop-tech as well. Of course, I'm a critic of all varieties of futurological discourse, but I do wonder what writings of mine would be most interesting and useful to its readership. Tucker started the ball rolling by re-posting my Ten Reasons to Take Seriously the Transhumanists, Singularitarians, Techno-Immortalists, Nano-Cornucopiasts and Other Assorted Robot Cultists and White Guys of "The Future", which I found an interesting choice, maybe more in-your-face than I would have chosen to introduce myself with (you all know what a retiring tremulous flower I am, after all), but attention-grabbing and not bad as a synoptic view of the sorts of connections I make in a snarky concise sort of way. I plan to post there no more than once or twice a week, since I don't want to wear out my welcome or saturation bomb them in a way that provokes dismissal, and I'm wondering what regular readers here think would be prime material for re-posting or re-working. My inclination is to post critiques of "geo-engineering," maybe stuff exposing the eugenicism of both enhancement advocacy and its naturalist opposition, and maybe some critiques of animal uplift stuff? I'm unsure. Help me out with recommendations, won't you?