Skype Translator

Is Microsoft’s Universal Translator for Real? Joins Google and Apple with Instant Translator

November 4, 2014 – In Star Trek it seemed all aliens could speak English. Of course that’s only because Star Trek had technology, the Universal Translator, that instantly ... Continue Reading →
Climate Change Synthesis Report illustration

It’s Official for the Umpteenth Time – We Got Climate Change!

November 3, 2014 – A new report entitled Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report, written and presented by scientists in 29 countries from Argentina, to the United States was released ... Continue Reading →

Is Elon Musk Right? Is AI a Date with the Devil?

November 1, 2014 – On the morning after Halloween it seems appropriate to talk about demons. According to Elon Musk, one of them is artificial intelligence. At a recent symposium ... Continue Reading →
Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo

Space is Hard as Virgin Galactic and Orbital Sciences Can Attest

October 31, 2014 – In one week we have seen two commercial space companies experience disasters. With Orbital Sciences it involved the loss of a rocket and resupply capsule destined ... Continue Reading →
IBM Watson

IBM Watson Can Save the World or Destroy It – the Perils of Misplaced AI

October 30, 2014 – IBM is using its Jeopardy-winning technology to help with medical diagnostics. That’s a good thing. It is also being used to help businesses make better ... Continue Reading →
Orbital Sciences Antares explosion

Two Very Different Pictures: Orbital Sciences and SpaceX

October 30, 2014 – Tuesday’s failure of the Orbital Sciences Antares rocket with the Cygnus resupply module and a Planetary Resources satellite aboard paints a sharp contrast ... Continue Reading →
Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Latest Deepwater Horizon Reports Describe a Ring of Oil at the Bottom of the Gulf

October 29, 2014 – We are learning so much about the consequences of mistakes made with deep-water drilling for oil because of the BP 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Recently ... Continue Reading →

The Democratization of Higher Education in the 21st Century

October 29, 2014 – It occurred to me that I am part of a phenomenon in the 21st century that can only have happened because of the invention of the Internet – freely distributed ... Continue Reading →
Self-sufficient village Feldheim, heat exchanger

The State of Germany’s Move to “Energiewende”

October 28, 2014 – The meaning of the German word “energiewende” is energy transition. Of all countries of the Developed World there is no doubt that Germany is transitioning ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Power through Ultrasound to Become Ubiquitous if uBeam Succeeds

October 27, 2014 – Imagine transmitting energy through the air to power everything in your home. Nikola Tesla, the inventor of alternating electric current, predicted it would ... Continue Reading →