1. Abandoning Our Young

    Colorado's Cash Crisis is Hanging Startups Out to Dry The engines of Colorado's job creation have gone silent. R&D purse strings remain tightly drawn. In 2004, total U.S. R&D expenditures are expected reach $284 billion, a rise of just 1.3% in inflation-adjusted dollars. Of this sum money earmarked for Colorado is notably absent. This is an alarming reality as the state's economic doldrums…Read More

  2. The Coming Collapse of Income Tax

    A System on the Verge of Self-Destruction Within the next ten years the income tax system in the United States will be dismantled. A number of emerging new forces coupled with the universal dislike of the system will soon gain enough of a toehold to cause it to collapse. State income tax systems will be dismantled either shortly thereafter or at the same time. It is a system that has mushroomed ou…Read More

  3. The Innovation Crisis

    We have reached an innovation crisis. Innovation has been squeezed out of our world much like juice out of an orange as its being forced into a juicer. During the past three years the United States has lost its competitive edge. Our dismal economy has forced the failure of many emerging technologies. Without these new technologies to rally around, the rest of the world has caught up. The rest of t…Read More

  4. How to Launch Your Own Movement

    Too often the old notions about starting a business fail because the end goal of what we're trying to accomplish is too big. It's too big for what you can accomplish yourself. It's too big for the traditional revenue paradigms of business modeling. And it's too big to fit within the legal structures that we as business people have to operate within. Lately the trend has been to "Launch Your Own Mo…Read More

  5. The Virtual Country

    Six Possible Scenarios for the Creation of Viable Virtual Countries The Internet, while still in its infancy, has created borderless economies, that are confusing the issues of power and control, and even the sovereignty of nations. We are now entering into a new era of public power and control. The true power that is beginning to emerge is Technocratic, meaning that we are beginning to reorganize…Read More

  6. Interview with Gavalord

    The mystery man of science "Is it not conceivable that people in the future will have the technology to view the past?" asks the reclusive physicist as he reaches across the table for his coffee cup. "And if so, don't you think they would have the technology to be watching us right now?" This statement caused me to pause and rethink the implications. Known only to a few friends by the code name Ga…Read More

  7. Smart Shoes

    The three products that the human body must interface with the most are the seat we sit in, bed we sleep in, and our shoes. We're going to take a couple minutes to explore the future world of shoes.With the advent of inexpensive imbedded microprocessors and the proliferation of sensors, transducers, and transceivers, a whole world of possibilities begins to arise for the lowly shoe. The 64-bit chi…Read More

  8. The Ethics Of Knowledge

    Is there such a thing as inherently bad knowledge? Or is all knowledge value-neutral? These are the mind probing questions that I have posed to many seminar groups.The initial response typically is silence, as they mull over the options. They then begin to mentally test out extreme scenarios as a way to land in their own comfort zone. Most are very cautious in voicing an opinion, but eventually so…Read More

  9. Inventing the Future

    Two technology-trend trackers describe significant inventions that may be just over the horizon. At the DaVinci Institute, our goal is to forecast future inventions, many of which will have a profound effect on our lives. We do not make value judgments as to whether or not these technologies should be pursued. Our belief is that these unborn technologies will emerge someday with or without our ble…Read More

  10. Smart Seat Technology

    On a long drive you end up exhausted. Part of the exhaustion stems from having your senses on full alert, but the rest comes from micro muscle adjustments made by your body instinctively to compensate for road bumps and vibrations. Most drivers know all about the aches and pains that develop after hours on the road - circulation pains, hot spots, soreness, and general fatigue. Present seating tech…Read More