The 3D Printers Are Coming: Dig More Coal?

February 28th, 2014

The 3D printers are coming.  And fast. The only debate is over how fast.

Velocity matters for stock pickers following the small world of pure-play public 3D printing companies.  It is also relevant for business analysts and, perhaps surprisingly, for energy forecasters.

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The 10 Most Fascinating And Provocative If Not Alarming Technology Trends

December 19th, 2013

Every year-end is a time for reflection and looking forward.  And for generating lists of top tens — worst videos, greatest moments, best cars, biggest lies, etc.  My favorite lists involve technology, and in particular thinking about associated social, economic, cultural and ethical implications.

If you want to fire up your neurons here at year-end, I recommend reading over the now annual release of “emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology” from the University of Notre Dame’s Reilly Center.

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U.S. Space Exploration, Once Championed By JFK, Faces Diminished Priority In Washington

November 22nd, 2013

“We choose to go to the moon” President Kennedy said on September 12, 1962 at Rice University.  It was a simple, telegraphic phrase in one of the greatest speeches in Presidential history.  Those seven words encompassed not just an idea or a program but an underlying philosophy.  Those seven words are now locked into history for how they changed the world.

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America’s Unevenly Distributed Resurgence In Manufacturing Starts In The Shale Fields

November 5th, 2013

Our economy is straining at the bit to grow out of the Great Recession.  You wouldn’t know that from the dreary news on both the jobs and GDP growth front.  The good news is found in the incredible potential for high-paying jobs, growth and wealth creation bubbling up in America’s manufacturing sector.

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