Infostructure Is the New Infrastructure – October 16, 2012
Among advocates of big government and Keynesian countercyclical stimulus, one subject keeps coming up: infrastructure. They're always arguing the short- and long-term benefits of building new highways, bridges, tunnels, urban light-rail systems, or, the Holy Grail itself, a national high-speed rail network.
The End of TV and the Death of the Cable Bundle – July 26, 2012
Two small pieces of news yesterday could make for a big headache for TV.
BBC says TV is Having its 'Kodak Moment' – March 26, 2012
The BBC on Thursday used Kodak's recent Chapter 11 filing to send a warning to service providers: do not fall into the trap of marginalising innovative technologies over fears it will cannibalise your core business.
The Rise of Consumption Equality – January 12, 2012
It used to be so cool to be wealthy—an elite education, exclusive mobile communications, a private screening room, a table at Annabel's on London's Berkeley Square. Now it's hard to swing a cat without hitting yet another diatribe against income inequality. People sleep in tents to protest that others are too damn wealthy.
The Next Wave of E-Government – February 14, 2009
When it comes to digital transformation, governments must lead by example. When practical, state and local government should be early adopters of new technology instead of relying on industry to lead the way.
Something Always Comes Along – September 16, 2008
The same will be true with oil. As prices rise, there will be more incentives to create a substitute. The beauty of all of it is that we never know where the innovation will come from — or lead us. We will not need to “plan” this innovation. Someone who wants to make a profit will research — or employ others to research — new technologies.
No Smoking Hot Spot – July 24, 2008
The world has spent $50 billion on global warming since 1990, and we have not found any actual evidence that carbon emissions cause global warming. Evidence consists of observations made by someone at some time that supports the idea that carbon emissions cause global warming. If there really was any evidence that carbon emissions caused global warming, don't you think we would have heard all about it ad nauseam by now?
Making The World A Billion Times Better – April 23, 2008
The important point is this: Now that we can model, simulate and reprogram biology just like we can a computer, it will be subject to the law of accelerating returns, a doubling of capability in less than a year. These technologies will be more than a thousand times more capable in a decade, more than a million times more capable in two decades.
The Real Solution to Traffic Woes: Stay Home – November 30, 2006
Advancements in technology could help with traffic congestion.
The Kids Are Not Alright – July 3, 2006
The latest figures from Eurostat (the EU's official statistics agency) on youth unemployment are depressing for Europeans. On average, in the EU in 2005, unemployment for people under the age of 25 was 17 percent. In the US, by comparison, it was 10 percent. In Japan, it was 4 percent.
Web titans race to put books online – October 15, 2005
A race has begun to make "all human knowledge" accessible with just a few clicks of a computer mouse.
Saving Rural Canada: It Takes a Town – August 18, 2005
If the business, professional and political classes of a small town work together, if they are prepared to take risks, and if they can convince the rest of the citizenry to take risks with them, then that community can tap into emerging technologies and alternative markets to rebrand and revitalize their town.
Internet age creates new rural opportunity – April 15, 2004
With high-speed internet and low-cost long distance, you can do a computer-related job from anywhere. Communication technology really does open up the world outside cities to many who would rather work in a small town or in the countryside.
How telework can make your life Utopia – March 15, 2004
Technology is making life in the boondocks just grand, as this heart-warming Globe and Mail story illustrates.
Nanotechnology - The next small thing – January 21, 2004
Is nanotech an industry, a process, or something else? David Bishop of the New Jersey Nanotechnology Consortium defines it broadly as “devices, structures or systems with characteristics, features or parts on a nanoscale”—that is, less than one billionth of a metre.
The Technophobes – December 23, 2002
A guide to assorted Luddites, labor monopolists, muddled intellectuals and otherworldly pietists who kept resisting modernity even as it overwhelmed them.