“The Fu­ture Is Al­ready Here, It’s Just Not Evenly Dis­trib­uted”

The Star (St. Lucia) - Business Week - - NEWS - BY CHRIS­TIAN WAYNE – EDI­TOR AT LARGE

This quote by fa­mous science fic­tion writer and fu­tur­ist Wil­liam Gib­son is just as true to­day as it was in the 1990s. Notwith­stand­ing the fu­tur­is­tic na­ture of his work, Gib­son’s ca­pac­ity for pre­science was as­tound­ing. Among other main­stays of to­day’s technophilic lex­i­con, he is re­spon­si­ble for coin­ing the term cy­berspace. Re­leased in the early 80s, Gib­son’s short sto­ries ‘Burn­ing Chrome’ and ‘Neu­ro­mancer’ in­spired the small but rapidly grow­ing cy­ber­punk move­ment and chal­lenged gen­er­a­tions of read­ers to imag­ine a world where tech­nol­ogy was ubiq­ui­tous. In this is­sue of The STAR Businessweek we’ll look at a tech­nol­ogy that some her­ald as a more im­por­tant in­no­va­tion than the in­ter­net it­self. What could it mean for busi­ness in the Caribbean? Learn more in our lead story: Can the Caribbean Be­come the Next Cryptovalley? Start­ing on page 4, the ECCB is also look­ing to the fu­ture in our in­ter­view with Gover­nor An­toine about the Cen­tral Bank’s vi­sion for com­bat­ting stag­nant GDP growth and debt in the re­gion.

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