Category Archives: Life

City of the Singularity part 3: Hello, Bomb?

The COVID-19 pandemic has plunged us into scenes that feel like science fiction films. Downtown streets are eerily deserted, shop staff look at us through shiny face visors, we watch vehicles spraying disinfectant across cities on the other side of … Continue reading

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City of the Singularity, part 2: Missions Too Important to Jeopardise

A city run by a superintelligent system would be shaped by the mission the machine intelligence sets for itself. What mission would be best for its citizens? Continue reading

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The City of the Singularity Part 1: You See Us

What if machine intelligence was in complete control of the city and its citizens? Continue reading

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California at London’s Design Museum

“Californian design has cruised a freeway to the future, but at some multi-level interchange, it may have left the road marked freedom” Continue reading

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Touring the near and the elsewhere

On 11th February 2012, I joined Gaia Persico to give a talk about the exhibition ‘the near and elsewhere’ which she curated at the PM Gallery, Ealing, London. We had a good crowd! There’s big names in this show of photography … Continue reading

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Long Live Chungking Mansions!

The even-floors Block-A lift in Chungking Mansions wasn’t going to stop bleeping, let alone move. Not until the unfeasibly tall man in a suit stepped out. He knew the score and obliged. ‘That was a big guy’ I commented to … Continue reading

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