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Is the US an Oligarchy? Not So Fast.

There’s a new study out which, press outlets are telling me, shows that the United States is now an oligarchy, ruled by the rich and powerful, and perhaps that the US has been sliding in this direction for decades. You … Continue reading

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Carbon Prices Drive Clean Energy Innovation

I want to point out something I see commonly missed.  Carbon prices accelerate innovation that brings down the price of green energy. So do renewable energy portfolio standards, green energy subsidies, and a whole swath of other climate policies. They do this … Continue reading

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What’s Limiting the Impact of GMOs on Global Food Security?

My friend Jon Foley, who I have a great deal of respect for, has a piece up arguing that GMOs have failed to improve global food security because they fall into a trap of reductionist thinking. With due respect to … Continue reading

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Publishing – We’re All On the Same Side

There’s been a vigorous and at times antagonistic conversation about publishing and self- vs. traditional- publishing routes going on lately. I’ve been resisting joining in too much, both because I have a book on deadline, and because I have friends … Continue reading

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President’s Proposed NSA Reforms are Insufficient

Today President Obama announced a set of proposed reforms to the NSA. They are woefully insufficient. Congress and the courts need to act. Here’s a storify of my tweets on the topic. [<a href=”//storify.com/ramez/what-s-missing-from-obama-s-nsa-reforms” target=”_blank”>View the story “What’s Missing from … Continue reading

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TEDx Talk: Linking Human Minds

Video of my TEDxRainier talk, on Linking Human Brains, is now up. This is all about the current science of sending sights, sounds, and sensations in and out of human brains, and the frontiers of augmenting and transferring memory and … Continue reading

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The Shrinking Dominance of the Big Dogs in Tech

"In 1981, the top ten technology companies represented 95% of the global IT market cap. Today, that share has fallen to 26% and the ratio continues to fall."   Microsoft, IBM, DEC, HP, and so on were once titans.  Apple, … Continue reading

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Nexus and Crux: A Double Kindle Daily Deal

My sci-fi thrillers Nexus and Crux are BOTH Kindle Daily Deals today, marked down to just $1.99 each. These are books that have been praised by NPR, Wired, the Wall Street Journal, BoingBoing, Ars Technica, Charlie Stross, Alastair Reynolds, Cory … Continue reading

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Nexus on Sale for $2.99 on Kindle – One of NPR’s Best Books of 2013

Amazon currently has Nexus – recently named one of the Best Books of 2013 by NPR – on sale for just $2.99 on Kindle.  Not sure how long this will last. "The only serious successor to Michael Chrichton." - Scott Harrison … Continue reading

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Arctic Sea Ice: Less in November 2013 than Summers Before 2006

(This is a correction of a previous post that stated that there was less Arctic sea ice in December than in any summer before 2007. That post used a PIOMAS anamoly graph, which was not appropriate.)   The Arctic is melting. That's a … Continue reading

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