1. My Conversation Last Night with Adolph Hitler

    No, it wasn’t exactly what I had planned. The year is 2026, and what began as a simple quiet evening at my local library, culminated with me coming face to face with one of the most reviled men in all history. As I entered the library, I caught a glimpse of a new room they had just completed with …Read More

  2. Our Newest Unit of Measure – 1 Human Intelligence Unit

    I’ve been closely watching the debate on artificial intelligence with people like Rodney Brooks saying it’s only a tool, and others like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking giving bone chilling warnings of how it could lead to the destruction of all humanity. As I was pondering these differing points …Read More

  3. Introducing the Maslow Self-Actualization House

    For the past several months I’ve become enamored with the idea of creating a self sufficient, connectionless home. Not only is the home off-grid, creating it’s own power, heat, and air-conditioning, but also it’s own water supply, compost, and sewage system in a smart home environment. I’ve …Read More

  4. What Industries will produce the First Trillionaires?

      A few weeks ago I got into a discussion with some friends centered around this question. “What, in your mind, will be the most powerful entity in the world 100 years from now?” As we look around us today, it’s easy to point to a single nation as being the most powerful. But will that still …Read More

  5. Modern Day Grandstanding and the Future of Getting Noticed

    On a recent trip to Amsterdam, I had a conversation with Axel Rüger, Director of the renowned Van Gogh Museum about what it was that made Van Gogh so famous. Was it his talent, the fact that he cut off his own ear, or a combination of both? As we continued the discussion, perhaps an even bigger que…Read More

  6. Disrupting Healthcare – When Devices Replace Medicine

    Doctors today are constantly selling. No, it didn’t start out that way, but a system has evolved that richly rewards members of the physician's food chain if sales continue. These sales include the selling of tests, pills, therapy, referrals, or simply selling the patient on their competency as a …Read More

  7. Computing’s Next Big Transformation – Semantic Intelligence

    I had great difficulty completing this column. This is partly due to the complex nature of the technology and partly because its implications may indeed be so far reaching that I’ll sound over-reaching in describing it. Several companies may find what I’m describing to be rather disturbing. It…Read More

  8. Should Robots Have Their Own Bank Accounts?

    Typical house-bot shopping on a budget The year is 2027 and Winston, a newly born house-bot charged with doing a number of domestic chores including cleaning, meal prep, laundry, and building maintenance, has been programmed to not only perform the work, but also restock supplies once they reach a c…Read More

  9. Seven Reasons Why the Value of Human Life is Increasing Exponentially

    What’s the value of a human life? For some of you this is a very disconcerting question because it attempts to put a dollar value on a person, something we value in far different ways. But that is exactly what governments and businesses find themselves doing on a daily basis. Every time an insuran…Read More