Andrew Crofts

The Change Agent, the Ghostwriter and the Singularity: Andrew Crofts on Singularity 1 on 1

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A couple of months ago I saw Roman Polanski’s film the Ghost Writer based on the titular bestselling book by Robert Harris. At the time, I could hardly imagine that only a couple of months after the movie premiere I will be communicating with Andrew Crofts - the archetype ghostwriter on whom Ewan McGregor’s character was most probably based upon. Andrew wrote a popular guest article for where he shared the story behind his latest book The Change Agent: How to Create a Wonderful World. The book talks about the life and ideas of Andrew’s archetype change agent - James Martin, a world-renowned futurist, computer scientist, author, lecturer and, among many other things, the largest donor in the history of Oxford University. (Most recently, James Martin produced a pivotal documentary film called The Meaning of the 21st Century. It [...]

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The Change Agent: Onwards to Utopia or backwards to the Dark Ages?

by Andrew Crofts

“I’ve just bought an island in Bermuda. You must come out there so we can talk properly.” James Martin (“Britain’s leading futurologist,” according to The Times), knows how to catch a person’s attention. Partly because of the imminent arrival of the Singularity, he believes we are entering the greatest transitional phase of human development ever and that by the end of this century we will either have created a global Utopia or we will have catapulted ourselves back into the Dark Ages. So steeped is he in the subject he has become Oxford University’s biggest ever donor by gifting them well in excess of £100-million in seed money to set up the Oxford Martin School to study all the big issues of the 21st Century. When it comes to creating Utopia Jim is well ahead of the game. Over the [...]

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