My feeling is that there is already widespread knowledge ABOUT endangered languages, as the new UNESCO Decade on the same topic shows. What's missing is not facts about different categories of endangerment, or numbers about X versus Y, but intelligent ideas about how to solve the problem (if it is really an existential problem) of how to maintain or sustain or revitalize endangered languages. The problem is huge and often poorly explained. We need good arguments about what it means to benefit from the content from these languages and embrace a green, inclusive, yet exponentially data-driven future.

In the last 50 years or so, about 500 humans have been propelled from Earth into space in one way or another for brief periods. In future, far more astronauts will follow them, and human language will be spoken much more widely off-planet. What is at stake as we begin to language our way to the stars?

Beyond the current trend for unmanned rocket-launches aimed at the sub-orbital, orbital and lunar orbital market and more interestingly the remote target of Mars, the possibility of broader spacefaring as an integral part of our planetary destiny is now on the table for the post-2050 generation.

Some fear that space…

Media technology used to be thought of as simply an extension of the human sensorium. Now it will become an extension of our entire existence.

Back in the 1960s, media theorist Marshall McLuhan expounded a simple story about the evolution of media technology: (alphabetic) writing, print, photography, film, radio and TV are all extensions of our natural sensorium. Alphabetic technology, for example, along with Chappe’s telegraph and similar devices, was a visual (hence inspectable) extension…

Andrew Joscelyne

Language dreamer who has spent too long stuck in the past

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