Obsessively curious. Assembling ideas for, @e180 and @thealpinereview. Collaborating with clients as Thought Partner.

Sentiers No.43

Eco-socialism. Benkler. Human Ego. Monteiro. Anthropocene. Multipotentialites.

Welcome new readers, thanks for joining! Quick reminder that if you’re in Montréal I also host a very informal coffee chat every couple of months, you can signup to be notified here, it’s called Les ponts (jusqu’à maintenant, plutôt en français mais “on parle bilingue”). ✕ Capitalism Killed Our Climate Momentum, Not “Human Nature” This at the […]

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Repères 01

Une nouvelle infolettre en collaboration avec Atelier 10 / Nouveau Projet

Samedi dernier, le 4 août, a été envoyé le premier numéro d’une nouvelle infolettre que j’écrit pour Atelier 10, l’entreprise sociale fantabuleuse qui produit le fantastique Nouveau Projet. En lisant ces qualificatifs, vous comprendrez facilement que je suis très très heureux de travailler avec Nicolas Langelier et son équipe sur cette nouvelle publication. «Dans le temps» […]

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Sentiers No.42

Octonions. Private data and public good. Sortition. Elders. Scifi. Watson. Weeknotes.

I’m very happy to say that starting in August I’ll be helming another newsletter, this one a collaboration with Atelier 10, who publish the excellent Nouveau Projet print magazine. It’s called Repères and you can subscribe here. It’s in French and will be sent monthly, threading much the same topic selection as Sentiers. Lastly, since finishing up an important contract a […]

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Sentiers No.41

Data crimes. Shenzhen. Musk, SV, and aviation. Data centres. MaaS.

For this issue, in the end, I kept a Cities section but I’m toying with the idea of streamlining things, having the usual few “featured” articles to start (any topic), then a Tech section (absorbing The Churn and AI), followed with something perhaps titled Shorts regrouping everything else. Oft included sections like Cities and Milieu would be folded in there. Thoughts? Yeas or nays? ✕ Elizabeth Denham: ‘Data […]

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Sentiers No.40

Cognition crisis. Changing knowledge. Egos. The Public Square. Surveillance.

You might have noticed that I did end up skipping two weeks to properly enjoy my vacation. I hope you used the time to catchup on past issues and other newsletter because this one is gigantic. I’m not sure if I should say “sorry” or “enjoy”. ✕ Future Human Not a new section/category but rather […]

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Sentiers No.39

Buckminster. Bias. AI Debating. Quickstarter. Bezos. Media and censorship.

As you read this I am on vacation. As such, for once, I have enforced a hard deadline on myself and closed up shop before dinner/supper Friday. That has meant cutting reading and writing short a bit, making this issue more succinct than usual. Next Sunday is definitely off, then if I do manage to […]

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Sentiers No.38

AI Ideals. Capitalism. Whistleblowers. Inclusive Urbanism. Automation.

Happy father’s day to the dads around here. I hope some of what I include in these newsletters helps you in understanding the world we are leaving our kids and in taking some actions. ✕ Tackling the Ethical Challenges of Slippery Technology Anab Jain, starting from Google’s AI principles, show us some of the thorny […]

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Sentiers No.37

Bourdain. Books. Learning. Electric Scooters. AI. GitHub. China and meat. 2001.

This is a long one. It’s all good stuff (of course) but there are two main parts if you want to focus; ‘books and learning,’ followed by a ‘technology’ section. Then a short ‘cities’ and a very miscellaneous ‘miscellany.’ ✕ Don’€™t Eat Before Reading This I can’t say Anthony Bourdain is much in my usual “beats” […]

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Sentiers No.36

Futures. Design Fiction. Darkness. Lots of drones. Trudeau’s Pipe. Crazy Walls.

This week ended up with something of a futures theme with critics of technology, design fiction, and a very dark future by Charlie Stross. Lots of drones. And my extreme 😡 of the week with Trudeau ignoring the future and purchasing a pipeline, with Bill McKibben’s reaction. ✕ Futuring “Why don’t you go live in […]

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Sentiers No.35

Fearless cities. The 21st century challenge. Harari. Estonia. Bonkers destruction.

Hello and sorry for the delayed arrival, quite a hectic week and the coming one will likely be the same so a shorter issue than the last few. ✕ ❤️ Barcelona is leading the fightback against smart city surveillance I really want to see an update on this in a year (or even 6 months), because […]

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Sentiers No.34

Scale. Google v DoD. Humanism. Finns and libraries. Plastics. Rome. NatGeo.

The longest section this week is the one titled ‘Milieu’ which makes me realize again that I never did publish that glossary of terms a couple of people asked for. The use of ‘Milieu’ is something we used in The Alpine Review to encompass the natural world, our impact, and the related solutions and tools we come […]

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Sentiers No.33

Duplex. Biased AI. Seamless vs seams in cities. Alchemy & Hauntings. Anthropocene.

Lots of reading material this week as I did a bit of catching up and, as always, there’s a lot happening. Includes duplicitous Duplex, neo-colonialism, thoughtless AI, replicable cities, alchemy and hauntings, and minimal ethics for the anthropocene. ✕ Duplicitous About Google Duplex but it could easily have gone under The Churn. Google Duplex: An […]

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Post e180

Nouvelles opportunités

Après une grosse semaine chez Kottke, une grosse semaine côté clients ! Pendant plus de deux ans, j’ai été rédacteur en chef (Editor-in-Chief) de l’infolettre et du «magazine» en ligne We Seek pour e180. Ces publications prennent maintenant une nouvelle direction et ce n’est plus moi qui les dirigera. Merci à Christine qui m’a fait confiance «dans […]

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Sentiers No.32

Economics of AI. Stories. City as character. Schools of Understanding. What I Kottkied.

Welcome to new subscribers coming from my short stint at this week. I hope you enjoyed what I posted there. To those who didn’t follow, imho I did a pretty darn good job. So after a day away, breezing through the blog this morning, I decided to link to a few in the last section below. I do encourage you […]

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Sentiers No.31

AI scenarios. Bicycle Urbanism. Network of distributed creativity.

Sorry for sending this a bit late, the last couple of days didn’t turn out as expected. On the (very) positive side though, next week I’ll be guest editing That’s a huge honour, I’ve been reading Jason pretty much since the beginning and I’ve always been a fan. I’ve said this before here but look at […]

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