Monday, 14 April 2014

Asymmetric Charity

Disruption can work in both positive and negative ways. Indeed, the total effects of disruption can be seen further in the future. In an era of networked protests and open source insurgencies, new methods of construction and social collaboration also unfold. If one man can start protests that topple regimes, why can't another unleash an invention that helps millions?

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Simplifying Logistics

With climate change threatening to raise sea levels and fossil fuels harder to get, the US Navy's new developments may be cause for guarded optimism. Coastal deployment of such a system (perhaps mounted on special modified cargo vessels) could provide much needed fuel and energy for some countries. Of course, with desalinization a key technology for arid countries (and there will be more of them), having this fuel to power those plants would be a literal lifesaver.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Supervillainy in Action

A certain official in Turkey has been making the supervillain rounds as of late for a number of reasons. From trying to block and hijack domains after a recorded phonecall of his own corruption leaked to use of brutal tactics against protesters against him to even talk of false flags, the election season in Turkey is likely to be full of such drama. Given the history of the region, perhaps a military coup or two may even be in the wings. Besides, it's not like the world could use another geopolitical upheaval...

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Soft Power Insurgencies

A keystone of 4th generation warfare is the viability of soft power in more forms, especially when compared to conventional industrial warfare. It is a mistake to consign "protest" as the only form of soft power. From corporate PR to  political secession to bypassing the financial system, the complexity of a system allows new venues of attack. Combining these together may yield even more dramatic results.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Supervillain State

If any single nation state today has completely dropped the pretense of a social contract, North Korea counts. The fact it's a got state-sponsored organized crime syndicate or two is just the tip of the iceberg.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Bad Ideas

Casebook example of a potential problem. Whether they can fix it by decentralizing it is up in the air.