1. Entering the Era of Super Scalability – The Billion-Benchmark Club

    It was a monumental event that no one noticed. Just before 1800 the number of people on earth had climbed to what was then believed to be an astronomically large number – 1 billion. While this was indeed a landmark event, the occasion passed without fanfare. The combination of too few demographers and disjointed communications between countries caused the entire planet to miss the occasion. Unti…Read More

  2. How Long Before a Robot Chef Beats an Iron Chef?

    Will humans soon be battling for their survival against robots? Even though this has become a favorite Hollywood theme, the likelihood of that happening is nearly zero. Yes, we will have many clashes with human-controlled robots doing battle with other humans or human-controlled robots, but not without people in the background. The age-old idea of man vs. machine is far more nuanced and complicate…Read More

  3. Does Social Media have a Polarization Problem?

    Wael Ghonim was a young computer engineer working for Google in Egypt when he became a central figure in the events leading up to the Arab Spring in 2011. In early 2011, Wael created a Facebook page titled, "A Revolution against Corruption, Injustice and Dictatorship," and the number of followers quickly mushroomed. On Jan 14th he posed a question to the 300,000 followers of the page: "The 25th o…Read More

  4. Top 10 Columns for 2015

    2015 saw 42 new unicorn companies ($1B+ valuation) take center stage, the most ever, and a clear indication that the scalability of Internet will redefine the business landscape for generations to come. For this reason, no industries are safe, nor should they be. Many are anxiously awaiting drone delivery from companies like Amazon, but few realize the vast majority of drone delivery will happen o…Read More

  5. Why no industries are safe… nor should they be

    The first Internet gold rush ended poorly. In 2000 we entered the new millennium waiting to see if Y2K would destroy the world, but instead it was our over valued Internet stocks that caused markets to crash. The second Internet gold rush was just getting started when, in 2007, we watched our global financial systems implode and for several years nothing important got funded. Rather than solving w…Read More

  6. The Perfection Quandary

    I often wake up in the middle of the night with a big idea, something I’ve dubbed the grand epiphany. But as it turns out, very few actually fit into the “grand” category. Whenever they do, big ideas carries with them a heavy responsibility, the responsibility of either moving them forward or allowing them to die in the silent echo chambers of our own grey matter. For this reason, I’ve oft…Read More

  7. The Future of the Darknet: 9 Critically Important Predictions

    Have you ever run across a situation so frustrating that you wished you could hire a “fixer?” Maybe it has to do with gangs moving into your neighborhood, or the local slumlord not willing to repair a dangerous situation, or a local politician taking bribes, or finding out that your husband is also married to someone else in another state. My guess is that we’ve all run into problems that ar…Read More

  8. The Day the Banking Industry Died

    It was rather anticlimactic when it finally happened, but the front door simply failed to open. There was no “going out of business” sale, no press conferences, no people gathered around to claim what was theirs. Instead, this once bustling institution that built the tallest building in Cleveland, Ohio, full of glass and fancy furniture, had breathed its last breath. Make no mistake, the rich …Read More

  9. Our Emerging Superhero Culture

    When my oldest son Darby was 8 years old, he looked at his 3-year old sister, Shandra, and pointedly said, “She’s worthless! She couldn’t save anyone!” I was always amazed at this line of thinking because somewhere in his mind our primary reason for living was to save people. For him, making a name for yourself was not about being a regular hero, but a superhero. Whether it’s Iron Man, B…Read More

  10. Teaching Robots to Fight Wars

    A robot does not kill someone out of fear, anger, or desperation. They kill because someone told them to do it. At least that the way it works with our current generation of robots. What comes next may be a different story. Normally, when we think about war, it has to do with countries using their armies to fight other countries, or in the case of a civil war, countries torn apart by internal riva…Read More