1. The Opposite of War is Not Peace

    The weirdness of future of wars will make us wish we were dealing with knives and swords again In 1976, President Gerald Ford issued an executive order forbidding the assassination of any foreign head of state. This order was issued when word leaked out that the CIA had made several attempts on Castro's life as well as other "enemies" of the US. This is a topic that I've often struggled with becau…Read More

  2. The Future of Retail

    The coming demise of the retail storefront Last week my wife Deb and I were relaxing at a new shopping center in the Denver area. Along the sidewalks a series of speakers cast a rather pleasant musical backdrop to the shopping experience. At one point an interesting song began playing. I reached for my iPhone, and used a program called Shazam to "listen" to the music, revealing the name of the son…Read More

  3. A Study of Women Inventors

    Although Growing in Numbers, Today's Female Inventors Still Only Account for Around 10% of the US Inventor Population What name springs to mind when you say the phrase "famous female inventor?" If you're having a tough time answering this, you are not alone. I became interested in this topic when I ran across a very curious statistic. In 1980 only 1.7% of all the patent filings were filed by women…Read More

  4. Ten Rules for Bootstrapping Your Business

    When the going gets tough, the tough go bootstrapping Walk a Mile in These Bootstrapped Shoes.In much the same way nature operates, the world of business operates in fluid balance with money serving as its breathable oxygen. As with nature, businesses feed off the less fortunate, using their superior strength to suffocate and feed off of the revenue streams of their daily prey, walking casually aw…Read More

  5. The Fort Peck Incident

    A terrorist scenario: The two men sit patiently in the small grove of trees, quietly assembling their gear. Few words are spoken between the two of them. Weighted backpacks with connecting wires are placed in a motorized raft, followed by two coolers and fishing rods. Both are dressed as non-descript fishermen to blend in with the Montana population. Shortly before sunset the two slide their boat …Read More

  6. Living Forever

    Cryonics and our ongoing effort to build the ultimate life-extension toolbox   No person should ever die.... EVER! Is that the direction we're headed? There are many reasons why people die, yet these reasons may all disappear as we develop fixes and cures for everything that ails us. (more…)…Read More

  7. The Search Command Center

    The Library of the Future Series: Part 2 - The Search Command Center As a child, it was embarrassing to ask for help. I didn’t want people to think I was the “dumb student”, and I especially didn’t want to be the one asking dumb questions in a library around people I didn’t know. My assumption was that if I had to ask, I was obviously missing something. Perhaps I should wait until I was …Read More

  8. The Future of Gaming

    Future games will become the ultimate playground for our minds In 1977 when famed mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot uttered the phrase, “as a language, mathematics may be used not only to inform but also to seduce,” little did he know that his brainchild, fractal geometry, would become seductive to the point of being addictive. Over the past decade, fractal geometry, the science that reduces the…Read More

  9. Messing with the Reality of Reality

    Next Generation Gaming is Not for the Faint of Heart Life is a game. Every day we find ourselves in the middle of the game, involving the work we do, the people we hang out with, and the social structures that surround us. But who exactly created this game? Each day we live our lives as animated playing pieces, playing by rules that others created. Conformity is a constant force, imposing a lifest…Read More

  10. The Future of Nanotechnology – My Upcoming Book

    Nanotechnology is a science riddled with paradoxes Over the past year I have been eating, sleeping, and breathing nanotechnology, but feel like I have only scratched a little behind the ears of this enormous science. I had been following the industry, keeping up on the science for some time, but writing a book required total immersion. The terminology is the toughest part. As I listen to the scien…Read More