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Ian Brown

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XML apologist. Erlang enthusiast. Currently JVMs & Performance stuff at Netflix. Previously JVMs & performative stuff at Twitter. He/him.

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58% complete! Ian Brown has read 14 of 24 books.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Hardcover, 2013, Éditions du Seuil, Harvard University Press) No rating

What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about …

Capital is never quiet: it is always risk-oriented and entrepreneurial, at least at its inception, yet it always tends to transform itself into rents as it accumulates in large enough amounts—that is its vocation, its logical destination.

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Stowaway to Mars (2022, Random House Publishing Group, Modern Library) 3 stars

Certainly they will survive. I think that if you were to dig down deeply into our real motives you would find that the chief reason why we have not committed suicide or died out already from discouragement at the futility of existence is our faith in the machines. For many thousands of years we have fought Nature and held our own, but at last she has the upper hand. She is sweeping us away as she has swept the rest onto her huge rubbish heap where the bones of the dinosaurs molder on the fossils of a million ages. What has been the good of us? Nothing, it seems, and yet.. our minds will not accept that. There lingers, perhaps illogically, the idea of a purpose behind it all ... But physically we can go on no longer. For any other species of animal it would mean utter extinction, but we have what the other animals have never had - mind. That is our last trick. Our minds will not die yet. The machines are as truly the children of our minds as you are the child of your mother's body. They are the next step in evolution, we hand over to them.

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