The Invention of the War Machine

October 1st, 2014

The New Atlantis, co-author M. Anthony Mills War has “always been the mother of invention,” wrote the historian A.J.P. Taylor. The First World War in particular is often taken to be a hinge in technological history — the war in which horses were widely used for the last time and weapons of mass destruction were deployed for the first time. It is not altogether wrong to think of it as the “chemists’ war” or the “engineers’ war,” as it is sometimes labeled. Read More

A Four-Step Energy Strategy For Our Time

September 23rd, 2014

RealClearPolitics   It's a sign of the times: The Islamic State is getting millions in oil revenues. According to one news organization, the terror group is even recruiting petroleum engineers. And farther north, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko secured a promise from the White House last week for the U.S. to join in a review of his country's Russian energy entanglements. Meanwhile, North Dakota's shale fields just passed 1 million barrels per day of production, a milestone only three fields in the U.S. have reached. For context, only ten shale fields have reached it in world history .   Read More

The Data Are Clear: Robots Do Not Create Unemployment

September 2nd, 2014

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the first electronic thinking machine that displaced knowledge workers. In February 1944, Britain's Colossus, the world's first computer, started to ‘think' and successfully automate human mental labor. By the summer of 1944 there were three such machines hard at work. The rest, as they say, is history. Read More

A Marshall Plan for Energy

August 8th, 2014

National Review Online Now is the time to think about the next Euro-Russian conflict. Europe is steaming toward a new Cold War with Russia and dragging America along in its geopolitical bow wake. The U.S. is also embroiled in Russia’s proxy activities in the Middle East, where we have seen an Arab Spring dwindle into darkness as conflicts expand. Read More