1. Intellectual Property’s Next Big Wave Taste & Smell Patents

    Roughly ten years ago I was involved in a conversation with some patent attorneys over the question of whether someone could patent a smell. The conclusion they reached was yes, as long as there was some system in place for defining smells.Enter the October 4, 2004 announcement that two Americans were awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering how people can recognize and remember an esti…Read More

  2. Top 10 Trends in Innovation

    Key Factors Most Affecting Innovation in the US Innovation is a broad area of the US economy that means vastly different things to different people. The definition is even widely debated depending on the context of its use. In preparation for the upcoming Colorado Innovation SummitTM we have been examining the world of innovation and have identified the top trends impacting innovation. The researc…Read More

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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