Orwell’s 1984 No Longer Reads Like Fiction. It’s the Reality of Our Times
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Orwell’s 1984 No Longer Reads Like Fiction. It’s the Reality of Our Times

70 years ago, the British writer George Orwell captured the essence of technology in its ability to shape our destinies in his seminal work, 1984. The tragedy of our times is that we have failed to heed his warning. No matter how many times I read 1984, the feeling of total helplessness and despair that…

The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell’s 1984 Is No Longer Fiction
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The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell’s 1984 Is No Longer Fiction

“You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”—George Orwell, 1984 Tread cautiously: the fiction of George Orwell has become an operation manual for the omnipresent, modern-day surveillance state. It’s been 70 years since Orwell—dying, beset by fever and…

Nineteen Eighty-Four Turns 70 Years Old in a World That Looks a Lot Like the Book
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Nineteen Eighty-Four Turns 70 Years Old in a World That Looks a Lot Like the Book

This month, George Orwell’s legendary novel Nineteen Eighty-Four turns 70 years old, and the warnings contained within the story are now more relevant than ever. Orwell’s predictions were so spot on that it almost seems like it was used as some type of accidental instruction manual for would-be tyrants. In the world of Nineteen Eighty-Four, there…

Are You Ready for a Worse Dystopia Than 1984?
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Are You Ready for a Worse Dystopia Than 1984?

I have been lonely in my concern with the dire economic implications of robotics, but now Clarity Press has provided me with some company by publishing The Artificial Intelligence Contagion by David Barnhizer and Daniel Barnhizer. It is telling as to the irrelevance of the economics profession that the coauthors are lawyers. The concerns about robots and artificial…

Brave New World Revisited Again
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Brave New World Revisited Again

60 years ago this year, Aldous Huxley published Brave New World Revisited, which concluded that the real world was moving towards the future predicted in his classic dystopian novel much more quickly than he had first imagined. Brave New World, published almost three decades earlier, foresaw a future in which social control had been perfected…