Rockets to Mars

After I read the Ashlee Vance book on Elon Musk in early 2015, I was convinced human beings were going to Mars in the next 5-10 years.  I kept meaning to write a blog post… A few days ago, this August 2015 post How (and Why) SpaceX Will Colonize Mars by Tim Urban (Wait But Why) appeared on my…

Innovation 1970-2015, 2015-2045

My list of key innovations since 1970 and my predictions for the next 30 years: Since 1970 Futures PC, μProcessor Self-Driving Cars Cable TV Drones LED, LCD Robots Mobile Phone Dr. Cloud Email, SMS Genetic Engineering Internet, Wi-Fi Rockets to Mars GPS Your Baby’s Owner’s Manual Flash Memory Digital Camera Li-Ion Battery DNA sequencing

36 Years of Technical Innovation

1978 Mainframe vs. 2014 Mobile Phone Here is a technical comparison of the Control Data Corporation mainframe computer I used at the Northwestern University Vogelback Computing Center in 1978 versus my Google Nexus 6 smart phone that I purchased at a T-Mobile store on 12/15/2014. 1978 2014 factor CDC 6400 computer Nexus 6 0.0500 CPU speed…

Your Baby’s Owner’s Manual

My start-up idea: “When your baby Julia (say) is born, you send off a cheek swab to Marvelton Labs, and they send you back an “owner’s manual” for Julia which will — most importantly — describe her cognitive tendencies so that you can “row in the same direction” with her as she grows up.” When…

Self-Driving Cars

There were 5.6M traffic accidents in the USA in 2013.  Self-driving cars from Google and trucks from Freightliner (owned by Mercedes-Benz) have been in the news recently.  Self-Driving Vehicles (SDVs) will reduce traffic accidents, transportation costs, transit times, and road congestion.  (See Google Self-Driving Car Project.) Uber is valued at $41B today (and rumors of a…

Dr. Cloud

In 2035 (20 years from now), you’ll have nanobots roaming your body beaming up tens of thousands of protein levels to Dr. Cloud.  So will billions of other people.  And human doctors — who are already pretty fallible when it comes to medical diagnosis — will be completely out of a job. Dr. Cloud will know when…