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

Keep The Shale Boom Rollin’ With A Congressional KEEP Energy Act

November 10th, 2014

America’s energy boom surprised economists, shocked the end-of-oil doomsayers, surprised Saudi Arabia and Russia, and surprised Washington D.C.’s pundits. The two things that were the most surprising about it all? Read More