Teller: Blockchain Fortunetelling

“Don’t believe in fortune but don’t live without fortune.” – Turkish Proverb I have recently been designing Teller, a blockchain system that can be used as a permanent, immutable record underlying any act of fortune-telling. During an act of fortune-telling, users can rate their Tellings as Good or Bad Luck, and as Accurate or Inaccurate. In this way,[…]

Gonzalo, Quevedo's son, showing his automaton to Norbert Wiener at the 1951 Paris Cybernetic Congress.

Magical Design Semi-Fictions

Bruce Sterling’s “Shaping Things” first introduced the Design Fictions concept in 2005. Julian Bleecker (Nokia researcher and Near Future Laboratory co-founder) gave it some more shape in a presentation given at the Engage Design conference in 2008. Sterling calls Design Fictions, “an approach to design that speculates about new ideas through prototyping and storytelling.” He[…]


Earlier this year I gave the opening keynote at The Risk and Network Threat Conference. The RANT Conference has a great, fiery, intense feel. The kind you only get when you bring together smart, concerned experts in an atmosphere that deliberately and cleverly provokes unconstrained and challenging conversation. Here’s a video about the speakers. I[…]