Chris Anderson as paraphrased by Andreas Kluth. The first year after arriving to your new assignment was terrifying and exhilarating. It was a vertiginous learning curve, but you could ask dumb questions without fear and note that the emperor has no clothes. In the second… Continue reading →
3D printing: The printed world. 3D printers are already used as components and prototypes for some products. A future town may only need a printer instead of a factory.
Piracy: No stopping them. Piracy off the coast of Somalia is getting worse despite the international efforts of the EU, UN, and even countries like Iran. As naval forces make the shipping routes through the Gulf of Aden safer the pirates move farther afield. In one case they attacked a ship 1,300 miles off the coast.
Identifying a billion Indians. What it looks like to try to issue biometric-based identification cards to a country with over a billion people. Contractors have already created a database of 1 million people, only 0.1% of the total population.
Recession and homelessness: Et in Arcadia ego. Unemployment and poverty rates are rising the fastest in some unlikely places. It’s no longer cities like Detroit that are facing the largest jumps in unemployment.
The Economist recently published an article about the “cult of fun” among businesses. Kyle Baxter has a better take on it: Here’s a much simpler solution: make the work itself interesting and rewarding for your employees so they can get satisfaction from their jobs, make… Continue reading →