Nathan Cravens

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Nathan Wilson Cravens
Latest Publication: Why Don't Machines Do the Work?

@nwcrav | Contact || Nathan's Music at Mixcloud & Soundcloud. Self-released album: Salvation. Always seeking music collaborations. || Former Occupy Librarian (London) || Founder Open Manufacturing Discussion which has yet to achieve its goals; still floundering (or flourishing) in hobbyism, startup incubators and accelerators, government research, and academia. If you are into hardware, see discussions at OSHWA and the open source hardware incubator, Wevolver. Finally, subscribe to The Prepared.

Most recent non-fiction publications: The Humanoid Machinist. . or, What is Art? | From Big to Small: Open Fabrication, Modular Production, & Programmable Matter|
An Ode to Platform Cooperativism: The Quest for Greater Freedom | Introducing a Rescue Package for Refugees| For a foundation or context start with The Holistic Problem of Manufacturing

Thanks for listening and reading. Don't hesitate to get in touch, we all need the encouragement to do different and brave things.


I love suggestions and discussing books! Below are a few you might like. [email protected]

Books I'm Trying to Read

  • People's Republic of Walmart
  • Giants: The Global Power Elite. Peter Phillips
  • Upheaval. Jared Diamond
  • Team Human. Douglas Rushkoff
  • The Uninhabitable Earth


  • Singularity is Near. Raymond Kurzweil
  • Possible Minds: Twenty-Five Ways of Looking at AI. John Brockman (Ed.)
  • The Wizard & The Prophet. Charles C. Mann
  • Foundations of Futures Studies. Volumes 1 & 2. Wendell Bell
  • Superforecasting. Philip E. Tetlock. Dan Gardner
  • Four Futures: Life After Capitalism. Peter Frase
  • The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch. Lewis Dartnell



  • Economic Singularity. Calum Chace
  • Cybernetic Revolutionaries. Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile. Eden Medina
  • Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car—And How It Will Reshape Our World. Lawrence D. Burns
  • The Glass Cage. Nicholas Carr
  • The Second Machine Age. Erik Brynjolfsson. Andrew McAfee
  • The Internet Is Not the Answer. Andrew Keen
  • Rise of the Machines. Martin Ford
  • Androids and Intelligent Networks in Early Modern Literature and Culture: Artificial Slaves


  • Winners Take All. The Elite Charade of Changing the World. Anand Giridharadas
  • Spirit Level. Richard Wilkinson. Kate Pickett
  • The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity... Richard Wilkinson. Kate Pickett
  • Wealth and Poverty of Nations. David S. Landes


  • America: The Farewell Tour. Chris Hedges
  • Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century. Jessica Bruder
  • Bullshit Jobs: A Theory. David Graeber
  • Uberworked and Underpaid: How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy. Trebor Scholz
  • Remote: Office Not Required. David Heinemeier Hansson. Jason Fried

Social Justice & Progress

  • Dictionary of Alternatives. Martin Parker, Patrick Reedy, and Valerie Fournier
  • Why Work? Arguments for the Leisure Society. David Graeber, Juliet Schor, ect.
  • The Refusal of Work: The Theory and Practice of Resistance to Work. David Frayne
  • Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work. Nick Srnicek
  • The Desktop Regulatory State. Kevin Carson
  • Lost Connections. Johann Hari
  • The Soul of Man under Socialism. Oscar Wilde
  • PostCapitalism. Paul Mason
  • Critical Path. Richard Buckminster Fuller
  • Free is Cheaper. Ken Smith
  • Workshops Tomorrow. Kropotkin. Colin Ward
  • Envisioning Real Utopia. Erik Olin Wright
  • New Human Rights Movement. Peter Joseph
  • The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. Astra Taylor
  • Utopia for Realists. Rutger Bregman

Resistance & Revolution

  • The Political Thought of Abdullah Öcalan: Kurdistan, Woman's Revolution and Democratic Confederalism. Abdullah Öcalan
  • Revolution in Rojava: Democratic Autonomy and Women’s Liberation in the Syrian Kurdistan. Knapp, Ayboga, Flach, Biehl
  • Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook. Mark Bray
  • Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street. Mark Bray
  • Revolutionary Suicide. Huey P. Newton


  • The Routledge Companion to Alternative Organization (Also See: Dictionary of Alternatives)

Peer Production

U.S. Imperialism


Heterodox Economics


  • A FINANCIAL HISTORY of the UNITED STATES. 3 Vols. Jerry W. Markham
  • All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power. Nomi Prins
  • How to Make a Million Dollars an Hour. Les Leopold
  • All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis. Bethany McLean. Joe Nocera.
  • Makers and Takers. Rana Foroohar
  • The Shifts and the Shocks. Martin Wolf
  • Lords of Finance: The Bankers who Broke the World. Liaquat Ahamed


  • 50 Philosophy Classics: Thinking, Being, Acting, Seeing. Tom Butler-Bowdon

Gender & Race

  • Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults. Laurie Penny
  • So You Want to Talk About Race. Ijeoma Oluo
  • The Myth of Male Power. Warren Farrell
  • Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story. Angela Saini


  • The Coddling of the American Mind. Haidt, Jonathan; Lukianoff, Greg.
  • Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials. Harris Malcolm



  • Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything. Kelly Weinersmith. Zach Weinersmith
  • Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World. Mark Miodownik
  • Economic Singularity. Calum Chase
  • Fab: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop-from Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication. Neil Gershenfeld
  • Design. Paul Clark & Julian Freeman
  • Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves. George Church
  • Telomerase Revolution. Michael Fossel
  • Made in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing. Vaclav Smil
  • Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization. Vaclav Smil
  • The Master Algorithm. Pedro Domingos
  • How We Got to Now. Steven Johnson
  • The Quest for AI. Nils J. Nilsson
  • Marvin Minsky. Emotion Machine
  • Steven Johnson. Where Good Ideas Come From
  • Atul Gawande. The Checklist Manifesto


  • The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life. 2nd Ed. Richard Dawkins. Yan Wong
  • Pale Blue Dot. Carl Sagan

Ecological Disaster

  • The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future. David Wallace-Wells



  • The End of Diabetes. Joel Fuhrman
  • Autoimmune Solution. Amy Myers
  • Grain Brain. David Perlmutter

Reading Lists (Mostly)


Reference Shelf

  • The Dictionary of Alternatives: Utopianism and Organization. Martin Parker, Valerie Fournier, Patrick Reedy
  • Design School Wisdom. Brooke Johnson
  • Dictionary of Latin Phrases. Jon R. Stone
  • Engineers Databook. 4th Edition. Clifford Matthews
  • Architect’s Pocket Book. 4th Edition. Charlotte Baden-Powell
  • Programming Robots with ROS. 1st Edition. Morgan Quigley. Brian Gerkey. William D. Smart

Newsletters (E-mail!)



Alternative Living

The Rest

Toward Post-Scarcity: Free & Open Life Systems

Help people help themselves. Why buy when you can make it for less or free? Please email me suggestions!

Platforms & Interactive Models

Seeking open fabrication plans to make almost anything. Platforms are needed to accelerate material based innovation.

  • Instuctables
  • TinkerCad?

Planning & Incubation





Augmented Reality

Computer Hardware




Sensors & Scanning



  • RISC-V
  • 'InVision raises $55M in Series D funding to make product design collaborative'

"Ultimately, InVision’s goal is to be for product-based communication what Slack is for general corporate communication and Atlasssian or GitHub is for engineering-based communication. And this funding will certainly help them achieve that goal a little bit faster."


Common Stores

  • Freeshops
  • Tool Librarys

Social Enterprise

Interstellar Colonization

Nathan's Non-Fiction Writings

Articles at Medium

Benevolent Technocracy

Political Economy






Music Artists I Like

Tim Hecker, Field Rotation, Deru, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Andy Stott, Tool, Pentangle, John Luc-Ponty, Infected Mushroom, DJ Sasha, Alice in Chains, Slowdive, Arvo Part, Wagner, Vivaldi. Too many more to name.


Chill Set 1

  • Murcof x Vanessa Wagner - Farewell, O World, O Earth
  • Phil France - Circle
  • Tim Hecker - Castrati Stack
  • Kiasmos - Jarred
  • Daso - Meine
  • James Holden - Nothing (93 Returning Mix)
  • Evigt Mörker - Högre
  • Christian Löffler - Beirut
  • Jan Blomqvist - The Space In Between (Ben Böhmer Extended Remix)
  • Ben Böhmer - Promise You (Original Mix)
  • Christian Löffler - Haul (feat. Mohna)
  • Portico Quartet - A Luminous Beam
  • Victoriya - For You
  • Phelian - Lost
  • Azaleh - Moonlight
  • Röyksopp - Rising Urge (Lost Tapes)
  • AURORA - Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)

Chill Set 2

  • Nick Warren - Renaissance - The Masters Series (Part 19)
  • Sasha - Scene Delete [Full Album]
  • Sasha - Involv3r Continuous Mix
  • Harrison BDP - Decompression
  • Kettenkarussell - Maybe
  • Kiasmos - Kiasmos (Full Album)

Jazz-Fusion Chill / Chill Hop

  • Naxatras "Waves"
  • Electronic System - Skylab - 1974
  • Rubba - Way star
  • Hiroshi Suzuki-Romance
  • L'indécis - Soulful


  • 2814 - Birth of a New Day (Full Album)



  • Aurosonic & Frainbreeze and Katty Heath - All I Need (Progressive Mix)
  • Saltwater (Original) by Chicane
  • Ferry Corsten - Eternity


  • London Grammar - Hey Now [Arty remix]
  • AuRa / CamelPhat - Panic Room (Club Mix)

Progressive House

  • Lumidelic - Through The Door (Original Mix)
  • Maiga - Vincenzo (Original Mix)
  • Leonety - Evening Embrace (Lumidelic Remix)
  • Alex H - A New Beginning (Original Mix)
  • Mark & Lukas - Eye Of The Storm (Original Mix)
  • Alex H - Where Stars Collide (Original Mix)

Jazz Mix

  • Miles Davis - So What

User Contributions