Airbnb At The Tip Of The Spear Of The Regulatory State Versus Innovators

Brazil’s regulators welcomed Airbnb’s couch-surfing home-sharing solution to the shortage of hotel rooms for World Cup visitors.  A lot of U.S. regulators aren’t so happy with Airbnb, and similar Web-centric disruptions to traditional controls and taxes associated with the hotel industry. New York City — and Paris to note another — have mounted legal challenges…

The 3D Printers Are Coming: Dig More Coal?

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.

The 10 Most Fascinating And Provocative If Not Alarming Technology Trends

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,…