Direct Air Capture & the Carbon Revolution
Imagine making fuel, plastics, and concrete out of “thin air." That’s the promise of Direct Air Capture (DAC), a technology that fundamentally disrupts our contemporary oil economy.
(Sun)Bathed in Solar Energy Abundance
Every five days, the Sun provides the Earth with as much energy as all proven supplies of oil, coal and natural gas.
Forging a >50% renewable electric economy by 2030
By 2030, more than 50 percent of the U.S. economy will run on electricity derived from renewables. What are the implications as we shift the U.S. and global energy economies away from fossil fuels?
In ten years, you will not own a car....
The era of the internal combustion engine (ICE) car is ending. We may have reached “peak ICE” production this past year.
Revolutionizing Disaster Relief: A Tale of Convergence
Between 2005 and 2014, natural disasters have claimed the lives of over 700,000 people and resulted in total damage of more than US$1.4 trillion.
Countdown to the Singularity
I asked the smartest people I know for their tech predictions for the next 20 years (2018 – 2038). What are the breakthroughs we can expect on our countdown to the Singularity?
The Future of Cities
If you could build a city from the ground up using first principles, how would you do it? What would it look like?
3 Dangerous Ideas
Recently I interviewed my friend Ray Kurzweil at the Googleplex for a 90-minute (live) webinar on disruptive and dangerous ideas, a prelude to my fireside chat with Ray at Abundance 360 this January.
86% Accuracy Rate In Tech Predictions
Ray Kurzweil has a documented 86% accuracy rate in his technological predictions.
China... Next Tech Superpower
My recent trip to Beijing and Shanghai has me convinced me China is the next technological superpower.
Inflection Point – When It All Explodes
The earliest Internet was built by the military, designed to help scientists around the nation gain access to those rare room-sized computers located at MIT, Stanford and a few key institutions. Use of the early ARPAnet was slow, cumbersome and awkward – that is, until Marc Andreessen created Mosaic, the first widely accessible Internet browser. When Mosaic launched in 1993, there were only 26[…]
Lesson From Kodak – The Price of Linear Thinking
Our brains are literally hardwired to think locally and linearly. As such, it’s nearly impossible for us to fathom the implications of exponential change. Exponential technologies are a tsunami of change... and you can either surf on top of them or be crushed by them. Kodak was crushed.