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Robotic traffic jams are already here!

Earlier last week, I found myself stuck in an only-in-Silicon-Valley traffic jam.  In front of me was a Google geo-survey vehicle, and behind me was a Google robotic car.  And it was was hardly the weirdest traffic jam I have found myself in. A few months back, while taking a short cut past the Google … read more →


Remembering Al Toffler

The future is going to be just a bit more lonely knowing that Al Toffler isn’t with us to tell us what lies ahead.  Here is a memory of a young Al decades ago, right after Future Shock was published.

The age of turbulence and the future of the global economy

The 2008 crash was more than the start of a recession; it represented the end of the “Great Moderation,” a two-decade period of low business cycle volatility, moderate inflation, moderate unemployment, and steady industrial production. The Great Moderation lulled some to speculate that perhaps we had moved beyond business cycles entirely.  As Nobel laureate Robert … read more →

Journals and the hazards of custom software

There is a large gap in this journal. The cause is a wrinkle I never have with my paper journal — software.  Back when I began this journal in 2005, I had a particular format in mind, a format not supported by the blogging software available back then.  So I built my own journaling tool. … read more →