Category: Books

Book Review: The Homebrew Industrial Revolution (2010)

Author Harry J. Bentham       Predicting an economic “singularity” approaching, Kevin Carson from the Center for a Stateless Society writes in The Homebrew Industrial Revolution (2010) we can look forward to a vibrant “alternative economy” driven less and less by...

Book Reviews: The State of the Future 2015-16

In The State of Future 2015-16 report the Millennium Project has provided a framework to assess our prospects, both locally and globally on the 15 Global Challenges.

Review: Mainframe Experimentalism Revisits the Earliest Days of Computer Art

The 1960s and 1970s were the era prior to the rise of home and micro computing, when small computers weighed as much as a fridge (before you added any peripherals to them) and large computers took up entire air conditioned offices. Mainframes cost millions of dollars, minicomputers tens of thousands at a time when the average weekly wage was closer to a hundred dollars. To access a computer you had to engage with the institutions that could afford to maintain them – large businesses and universities, and with their guardians – the programmers and system administrators who knew how to encode ideas as marks on punched cards for the computer to run.