Use Free Software

The only way to safely use your computer is by using Free Software. The term free is meant in context of the word 'freedom'; and not 'free beer'. Even though free beer is pleasant to many. To use a computer safely: one needs to obtain source code of the software…

Sharing is inevitable

Recently I got acquinted with Paul Mason and his ideas. In his book 'PostCapitalism - A Guide To Our Future' he tells about an essay that Karl Marx never published: In the 1858 Fragment, however, we are confronted with a different model of transition: a knowledge-based route out of capitalism,…

Privacy versus solidarity

Last Tuesday Apple CEO Tim Cook publicised a letter on the Apple website to its customers where he took a vivid stand to the U.S. Government in defending the privacy of its smartphone customers. Besides pointing out this seemingly milestone plea, to my opinion he also clearly sees Apple's…

I have not much to say about movies

But: the ending sequence of this science-fiction film makes itself perfect. To me it's a brilliant story and inspiring motion picture. If you want to have some sense what is wrong these days. For instance: the idea of proper health care, or often: lack thereof. Watch this movie and look…

A prospect on activity

Recently also the U.S. mainstream media has picked up the topic of automation in the future; in particular on two main activities of U.S. citizens: earning a living and getting there to do so. According to Oxford University┬╣ jobs like: retail and sales workers, cashiers, office clerks and…

Your job belongs to a robot

Today the Dutch tax collector announced that 5,000 people will lose jobs their job thanks to new technologies in the form of (big) data analysis and automation. In what sectors will we see a decline of jobs in the coming years? I found this nice article on a new…

A glimpse into the future of cities

Gary Hustwit created this cool documentary about city structures and how bad city planning affects people and can disorganise their every day life. In some cities a car is needed for every small activity. Also very remarkable examples are shown about how good city planning can greatly improve the happiness…

The Precariat

Guy Standing, a British professor from the Univerity of London, wrote several books about a new evolved social class: The Precariat. This is the most important and biggest social class of our time. Guy Standing held a speech in my hometown two months ago. You can view the video here:…