Technology’s Promises And Perils For 2015

“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…

Tesla Derangement Syndrome

The Tesla is no mere car.  It is a movement.  One prominent investment analyst told me he was subjected to a — to use the indelicate Scottish phrase – ‘shite’-storm the likes of which he’d never experienced when he’d issued an unenthusiastic analysis of Tesla.

In The Future, Will Only Robots Celebrate Labor Day?

Just in time for Labor Day, in the thick of the restaurant-heavy summer season, the New York Times reported: “Restaurant industry experts are predicting that the fast food business will undergo a technological revolution in the next few years that will place increasing numbers of robots and other labor-saving devices in the kitchens.” That story ran on…

Will Home Depot, Amazon, Or Dell, Launch The 3D Printer Revolution?

Home Depot, the planet’s dominant home improvement chain, made news this week by announcing that 3D printing machines would be for sale at a dozen of their locations.   Is this the tipping point for a manufacturing revolution?  Or is this just a PR stunt to get people into stores to buy picnic coolers, light bulbs, and hammers?