Peter Diamandis Looks at Our World Over the Last Century

February 19, 2017 – Two days after getting back from Costa Rica, I received in my inbox the following reflections by Peter Diamandis covering the world from 1917 to the present. ... Continue Reading →

Manufacturing as a Service

February 6, 2017 – I am in Costa Rica right now and have been here for the last 10 days, so you’ll have to forgive me for not writing new postings about technology and innovation. ... Continue Reading →

Voice and Speech Recognition Go Mainstream Among Computer Interfaces

January 22, 2017 – Based on the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this month, speech and voice recognition have passed a critical point with word error rates of 6.3%. ... Continue Reading →

European Research Project Discovers Novel Way of Storing Summer Heat to Warm Homes in Winter

January 15, 2017 – When summer produces heat wouldn’t it be great if we could capture it and use it to warm ourselves through the winter. That’s what researchers at ... Continue Reading →

Igloos May Be Our Best Bet for Martian Habitats

January 3, 2017 – Not quite the ice block igloos built by Inuit in the extreme north here on Earth, NASA is contemplating something it calls a Mars Ice Dome as a suitable home ... Continue Reading →

3D Printers Create Custom-Built Knees and Hips

January 1, 2017 – A number of years ago because of advancing osteoarthritis I was told I was a candidate for knee replacement surgery. Having lived with an arthritic left knee ... Continue Reading →

What Technologies Will Hold the Disruptive Keys to 2017?

December 20, 2016 – It is always fun to look ahead to the New Year and do a little bit of crystal ball forecasting. Technological innovation continues to disrupt existing paradigms ... Continue Reading →

Even if the New U.S. Administration Tries to Revive Coal Mining It Won’t Mean a Return to Full Employment

December 28, 2016 – President-elect Donald Trump during the campaign told ex-coal miners in Pennsylvania and West Virginia that they should be prepared to get back to work full ... Continue Reading →

Two Billion Year Old Water Discovery Has Interesting Origins of Life Implications

December 26, 2016 – Canada holds the current record for the oldest water discovered on Earth. Well not on the Earth but rather under it. Miners working in Northern Ontario go ... Continue Reading →

New Paint Can Convert Temperature Differences into Electricity

December 26, 2016 – It is called the thermoelectric effect and we have known about since the early 1800s.  It occurs when two different conducting materials maintained at different ... Continue Reading →