The Future Of Publishing Blog by Thad McIlroy



April 7th, 2024

Could the AI Industry Implode?

The storm clouds surrounding artificial intelligence, both as a technology and as an industry, continue to darken, and I can now imagine a scenario where the AI industry implodes. What the implosion could look like is difficult to visualize. But there would be significant implications for the publishing industry. AI’s champions still have much to…

October 23rd, 2013

Addicted to Change

Like most tech-dominated industries publishing is addicted to change. This addiction even has a scientific name: neophilia, in contrast with neophobia, a condition more traditionally associated with publishing (I chuckled when I read in the Wikipedia entry: “Neophobia is a common finding in aging animals…”).

November 9th, 2011

The Laws of the Future of Publishing: 2

2. Technology will never be the obstacle. Wow. The new Lytro camera. It allows the user to chose after-the-fact what part of the picture they want the focus fixed on. And I was certain that image focus would always be a challenge. But one of the laws I’ve learned is that just when you think…

August 8th, 2011

The Laws of the Future of Publishing: 1

I’ve tried to distill my 30 years of publishing technology into some guidelines, modestly named The Laws of the Future of Publishing. I’ve got 31 of them so far. People have asked that I fill in some detail beyond the terse statements. That’s going to keep me busy for awhile. Here’s the first.