On Friday, I went to see The Circle, a futuristic film about the technological revolution and a progression towards total transparency. I found The Circle to be rather underwhelming but several points resonated with me: 1.) Knowing is good, knowing everything is better 2.) Secrets are lies I could not help but consider and apply these […]Read more "“Knowing is Good, Knowing Everything is Better.”"
In Friedman’s The Next 100 Years, things start to get crazy in chapter 10. Friedman predicts the future of warfare and believes that the battlefields of the future will extend into space. He comes up with a concept known as a battle star. The battle star is going to be the “eyes, ears, and fists […]Read more "Battle Stars: Pure Madness, or are they?"
I have continued to enjoy reading Friedman’s book, as his predictions increase and the backing behind them become more clear. His proposals seems dramatic at first, but going through them step by step it all seems very possible. His point about the future need for immigration really stood out to me. By going through the […]Read more "The World in 2030"
Does speculative fiction age like fine wine? Are speculative fiction authors usually more in tuned with their imagination than policy makers? Definitely. I think reading this in 2009 would have been quite a shock, and I probably would have regarded it was something akin to 1984 or an H.G. Wells story rather than something plausible. And […]Read more "Speculative fiction ages like a fine wine."
I found the first part of Friedman’s book to be very interesting. It is filled with history, followed by dramatic proposals about the future. Friedman talks about the dominance of the United States, and makes predictions about where we will go from here. One section I found to be particularly interesting was the idea that […]Read more "The Ruler of the Eurasians"
Within his article “Pull Back,” Barry Posen explores the goals of the United States’ current global policy. According to him, the United States is influenced by the desire to maintain American primacy. He states, “Republicans and Democrats may quibble over foreign policy at the margins, but they agree on the big picture: that the United […]Read more "America First: The Detrimental Effects of American Primacy"
The proliferation of military drone technology has created a serious problem for the international arena. This situation is eerily similar to the increase of nuclear weapons programs around the world in the mid 20th century. The United States came first, and was able to dictate the norms regarding the use of nuclear weapons. This would […]Read more "Drones: Can they be stopped before it is too late?"