Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation

On Amazon.com: Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation: How companies can seize opportunities in the face of technological change (1994) I started the Internet Explorer team at Microsoft in October, 1994.  Without benefit of Google or Amazon.com, I found this book, which answered many strategic questions for me about how Microsoft should approach the Internet.  The case studies and…

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

On Amazon.com: The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (2010) Author Matt Ridley provides a sweeping summary of human and technology evolution, going back roughly 200,000 years.  He asserts that the development of trade led to specialization which led to agriculture which led to cities.  I find this by far the most plausible theory, but it is at odds with the…

WSJ: The Robots May Become More Ethical Than Most of Us (2015)

My 8/1/2015 WSJ Letter to the Editor, reprinted here: [My proposed title was “Lame Robotic Strawmen”, but the WSJ ignored that.] July 31, 2015 4:30 p.m. ET The concerns expressed in the essay “Is It Possible to Create an Ethical Robot?” (Review, July 25) about “blindly obeying” speed limits are already solved, as BMW and…

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

Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper

On Amazon.com: Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the Catastrophists Wrong (2014) Author Robert Bryce challenges the zero-sum neo-Malthusians (climate change, polution, water shortages, war, political gridlock, debt crises, income inequality, etc.) head-on in his latest book. By recounting the technological progress human beings have made in so many different areas — including communications, electronics,…