The original Cold Lazarus that inspired the title of this magazine, was a four-part British television drama written by Dennis Potter airing 1996. Cold Lazarus is set in the 24th century, in a dystopian Britain where the ruined streets are unsafe, and where society is run by American oligarchs in charge of powerful commercial corporations. Experiences are almost all virtual, and anything deemed authentic (such as coffee and cigarettes) has either been banned or replaced by synthetic substitutes.
Sounds familiar? With today’s (2018) advances in Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and Machine Learning, led by but a few huge and powerful technology conglomerates, such a dystopian world may be right around the corner.
In this golden age of tech, A Colder Lazarus hopes to be a critical voice, looking at technology in a wide and diverse context. Cultural, sociological and of course, technical.
And we will never run ads.
June 24th, 2018
Editor in Chief,
A Colder Lazarus
My name is Doron (Shamia) Sadeh. I ride motorcycles and solve hard problems, which is kind of the same thing (more on this in Ride // Code).
Ever since I got my Sinclair ZX Spectrum in 1984 I was fascinated with computers and technology. Later on, mechanics joined in (I still tend to my motorcycle myself).
At fifteen, I started coding. Games, databases and home brewed algorithms in Z80 assembly. I never stopped. At twenty four I started my B.Sc. in computer science and philosophy. Later on completing an M.Sc. thesis in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning.
Throughout the years I worked for large companies, early and later-stage startups, consulted many, founded one, shut it down, learned a lot. If you want to learn more about my professional background, look here.
I started A Colder Lazarus as there was no online venue I could find that satisfied my thirst for a more holistic picture of technology and its interaction with current and past culture, economics and human nature. I do hope it would become a voice to be heard.
And it’s not me in the picture. But I loved the attitude.