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Inventing the Future

The Wheel, the Original Meme

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about 1 year ago

Ideas spread for lots of reasons.  It might be a catchy tune or a funny joke that you’ve heard that sticks in the brain and makes you want to propagate it, to tell others.  But one reason that we know that ideas stick and spread is because they’re useful.  The useful ones propagate.  So an ...

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Predicting the Future with Precision

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about 1 year ago

I did do an analysis of the 147 predictions I did for 2009 in my book, The Age of Spiritual Machines, which I wrote in the mid to late 1990’s and it came out with an 86 percentage.  The predictions that were dead-on were ones where I was relying on the basic predictable exponential growth and ...

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You Need to Create Your Own Luck

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about 1 year ago

My advice for people who are in high school and college or graduating college is the same.  Find out what you love.  What you love in your heart more than anything else and do that.   You can make a career out of anything -- out of toys, video games, even space flight.  So at the end of the day ...