Oil Glut: More Surprises In Store After The U.S. Storage Shortage Plays Out

March 12th, 2015

The press has been abuzz recently with yet another energy surprise. America is producing so much oil from shale that the nation is, ostensibly, running out of places to store it all. The total quantity of petroleum stuffed into huge steel tanks right now is at levels not seen for 80 years. Cushing, Oklahoma, for example, is filling up. Read More

The Mobile Revolution Has Only Just Begun

January 19th, 2015

Finally, there’s a number that says something useful about the mobile revolution. A newly released global survey finds that an average consumer puts an implied value of $6,000 on their smartphone. That single number explains all the other engineering-centric statistics that are thrown around about this domain, from the rapidity of adoption to megabytes of wireless bandwidth to exabytes of traffic and billions of connected people. Read More

Raise Gasoline Taxes? Instead, Congress Should Lift The Ban On Oil Exports.

January 12th, 2015

It was predictable. Oil gets cheap and now there’s a contingent in Congress looking to slap a new tax onto gasoline. What’s surprising is that there are some conservatives in both Congress and the pundictocracy also receptive to the notion, including the estimableCharles Krauthammer. Read More

Technology’s Promises And Perils For 2015

December 31st, 2014

“Technology matters because it is inseparable from being human.”   So wrote historian David Nye a few years ago in a marvelous short book, Technology Matters. Lists about the state of technology are arguably amongst the most important in the pantheon of year-end lists that fill cyberspace and paper news at this time of the year. Technology was a central feature of at least half of the top 10 most searched news stories in 2014. Read More