When I first read Ray Kurzweil’s The Age of Spiritual Machines (I actually had no idea what it was the time, but was on a “spiritual” kick when I found it), I suddenly realized that much of what I had read by William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, and other science fiction authors could actually come to pass. Kurzweil’s book made me realize that much of what I had been reading since middle school was actively being worked on: Science fiction was quickly becoming science fact.

Fast forward to today and I absolutely love talking about the future. In fact, it’s one of the reasons I love doing what I do: not only do we get to talk with cool people doing cool things, but we are documenting the development of our future culture, society, economy, and psychology as it happens.

On TechNode we write a lot about the market movers (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Didi, JD, etc) and the market makers (Mobike, ofo, Dianrong, naked Hub, and so on), but we don’t talk very often about the technology underpinning their ability to shape our lives. In truth, we’re not engineers… nor do we want to be, but we do our best to understand the companies and trends we cover from a social/cultural or business angle. Indeed, some of our best stories are all about the intersection of technology and business or technology and society/culture1. So when it comes to blockchain, I will be the first to tell you that our technical understanding of the topic is lacking. However, as the space heats up, we would be remiss to not educate ourselves and you, our audience, about it.

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John Artman

John Artman is the Editor in Chief for TechNode, the leading English information source for news and insight into China’s tech and startups, and co-host of the China Tech Talk podcast, a regular discussion...