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The economy of things

A terrifying cover for Philip K. Dick's gorgeous novel Ubik (1969), which includes a prophetic description of the Internet of Things.

My latest for The Guardian is on the subject of the sharing economy, and the potential for blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) to greatly accelerate it. It seems plausible that we could find ourselves surrounded by networked, programmable, "smart" property fairly soon, making it possible to borrow and lend a much greater variety of assets than before. In the piece I discuss both the dystopian and utopian prospects, although I'm afraid I fall a bit more on the dystopian side, inevitably. Blame it on Philip K. Dick.

Read the piece at The Guardian.