Summary: History shows that the new industrial revolution just beginning will bring wonders, things often seemingly more like science fiction than practical technology. Here Stratfor looks at the hyperloop, a potentially transformative new transportation technology -- if it works. At the end are links are posts about even more fantastic technologies. The Hype Surrounding Hyperloop. … Continue reading Stratfor: The Hype About the Hyperloop
Summary: Can America no longer grow? Have we exhausted the potential for future technological progress? Let's look at how far we have come and ask if the engines of progress that produced these wonders can no longer work for us. “Innovation of new forms of society and technology. It is the key to our progress. … Continue reading Ignore the skeptics. America can still grow.
Summary: The Apollo program demonstrated America's superpower status in the 1960's. Today's contests are more diffuse, such as the race to build the most and largest supercomputers. China has moved into the lead in this, another milestone in its quest to again become the Middle Kingdom. Helping in their quest is America's unwillingness to invest … Continue reading China takes the lead in supercomputing while America sleeps
Summary: This is the second post looking at statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb's insights about "ruin" risks, and what they tell us about climate change. Here we look at his warning about climate change and two factors he ignores: the duration of the climate risk window and the odds of a climate disaster. The danger is … Continue reading Nassim Nicholas Taleb warns us about climate change
Summary: The war of the sexes has begun a new chapter, with the development of tech sex (as far beyond today's sex toys as a horse-drawn buggy is to a F-35). It's too disturbing for most mainstream analysts to see, let alone discuss (other than to condemn). Brave readers will read this post and its … Continue reading Our scary future: sexbots are coming, powering the ‘sexodus’