Most of us have a shared understanding of what is meant when we hear the word land. Normally, people think of the ground underfoot or the plains stretching to the mountains or the contrast of the Earth and the sea. However, some technical abstractions can also be considered as land in the view of Henry George. In this blog entry we will discuss the societal implications of how we manage certain ethereal properties affecting satellites, cell phones, and even your Wifi connection. These naturally occurring elements are what I call “Unland Land.” As we will see they are universal, impactful, and highly valuable.
There is the Rule of Threes which states that: “Humans can survive three weeks without food, three days without water…” and so on. I was reminded of this recently when being suddenly forced to find emergency shelter. So much goes into providing housing including construction methods, fuel sources, safety systems, and more. This also led me to think about housing as a right and how some people are lacking in this essential service and why. In this post we delve into the thinking of Henry George on providing equitably for land use and housing access.
For all those kids out there from 1 to 92 who need to use technology, how do you make it work for yourself? Are you really connected to the society or is society passing you by? This post explores the “red shift” inherent in our technological environment and how the pace of change and complexity it generates leaves a Digital Divide and an economic gap in its wake.
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James Cusick is an interdisciplinary applied researcher specializing in Software Engineering, Cybersecurity, History of Science, and Political Economy…read more