Archives for August 2013

Maker Messiah, the Novel

What do you call a man who stands the world on its head, overnight and without permission? Megalomaniac? Infidel? Messiah? Philip Machen didn't talk about changing the world until he'd already done it. By then it was too late. Curse him, worship him or ignore him, the rest of us had to figure it out for ourselves. … [Read more...]

Tech-driven Morality in Maker Messiah

Can lifeless technology improve human behavior? In his book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, psychologist Steven Pinker argues that Western societies have already altered our baser natures for the better, partly through technology. But could a single technical advance create lasting moral improvements in weeks or months, rather than over decades or generations? Despite steady progress in science and technology, there hangs a vast suspicion today over the very idea of technology advancing … [Read more...]

What’s in a Name? Freemaker is a composite.

FREEMAKER is a composite with more than one meaning. Foremost in the novel, Freemaker is a label, a title for the protagonist, Philip Machen. His name, Machen, means in German to make, and as the father of Makers, he is the source of Freemaker devices, concepts and dreams. He is the Freemaker. Could he also be a secular messiah? Freemaker is also intended to evoke sharing as a consequence of effortless production. Philip invents Makers and gives them away. He also urges people to copy … [Read more...]