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Inventing the Future

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Inventing the Future

Why I Go to Burning Man

over 1 year ago

I am actually on the board of Burning Man now, and for those of you who don't know, Burning Man is the largest art event, annually, in the world.  It’s in the Nevada desert.  And you’ll see the founders of Google there.  You’ll see all kinds of famous people there.  But you also see lots of people ...

Inventing the Future

Chris Anderson: DIY Hero

over 1 year ago

One of my favorite DIY stories is of a friend of mine, Chris Andersen, who was the editor of Wired magazine and he calls himself a geek dad.  He’s got five kids and so one weekend he is playing with his kids and he has a Lego Mind Storm kit, which is a kit that allows you to build a Lego device and ...

Inventing the Future

The State of Pure Research

over 1 year ago

I think it remains to be seen whether Google is going to finance pure research into science the way Bell Labs did.  Microsoft has created a research laboratory with the stated intention of encouraging a lot of pure research that may or may not bear fruit for the company, and I hope that that'll be ...

Inventing the Future

ETA For Hypersonic Weapons: 2025

over 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? US military officials report that hypersonic weapons -- which would fly at more than five times the speed of sound -- could be available as soon as 2025, given current research and development progress. Earlier this month, the Air Force/DARPA experimental X-51A ...