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. My self-released album: Salvation. Gearing up for the next production cycle: Seeking collaborations with singer-songwriters and instrumentalists. || Founder Open Manufacturing Discussion. If you are into hardware, I highly recommend the discussions at OSHWA and the open source hardware incubator, Wevolver.

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

Reading Lists


Recommended Books

Below, a Curated Selection by Your Occupy Librarian. (Last stationed 2011-12 in London)
Publishers showing support of the movement via book donations included Zed, Verso, Pluto, AK, and Freedom Press.
The highest praise and support should go to The Radical Grandmother Brigade. They are the Life Blood & Heart of Revolution.

The best book, in my view, would be this: The Ultimate History of the Universe, authored by Superintelligent AI based on the reader's biofeedback, and narrated by a flawlessly simulated Buckminster Fuller. . . For now: the works of Will and Ariel Durant.

Ordered accordingly.

Book Hauls

  • The Growth Delusion
  • TED Talks. Chris Anderson
  • Global Discontents. Chomsky
  • We Have No Idea
  • 1001 Ideas That Changed Everything
  • 50 Philosophy Classics

Recently Read

  • Economic Singularity. Calum Chase
  • How to Fix the Future. Andrew Keen
  • New Human Rights Movement. Peter Joseph
  • Ours to Hack and to Own
  • Better Angels of Our Nature. Steven Pinker
  • Shareable's Sharing Cities
  • Coming Apart. Charles Murray
  • Lost Connections. Johann Hari
  • Autoimmune Solution. Dr. Amy Myers
  • Eat Dirt. Dr. Axe
  • Immortalist. Alan Harrington

Soon to Read

  • Anything by James Burke, the historian and futurist of technology
  • Utopia for Realists
  • The Wikileak Files: The World According to US Empire
  • The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
  • And so many more to list. .

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

Futures Studies

  • Superforecasting. Philip E. Tetlock. Dan Gardner
  • Singularity is Near. Raymond Kurzweil
  • Foundations of Futures Studies. Volumes 1&2. Wendell Bell

U.S. Politics

World Order


  • 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.

Executive Studies


  • 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


  • Remote: Office Not Required. David Heinemeier Hansson. Jason Fried

Right Society

Resistance & Revolution

Heterodox Economics


  • Spirit Level
  • Wealth and Poverty of Nations. David S. Landes


Peer Production





Life Systems

Help people help themselves.

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

Learn to Code

Nathan's Non-Fiction Writings

Articles at Medium

Benevolent Technocracy

Political Economy





Child Education

Music 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

User Contributions