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The patent bubble is ready to pop

January 18th, 2017 at 3:04 pm » Comments Off

I’m certainly not going to win any popularity contests for writing this article.  The last thing anybody wants to talk about after a presidential election is a patent bubble.  After all, most of us took a nice stock market beat down during the recent housing bubble and mortgage crisis.



China spends over $500 billion to expand high-speed rail

January 9th, 2017 at 2:36 pm » Comments Off

China is planning some serious upgrades to its public transportation system in the next few years. By 2020, the country hopes to have increased its high-speed railway coverage by 18,650 miles. The project will cost an estimated 3.5 trillion yuan, or about $503 billion USD. Not only will the population be more mobile, but the rails will significantly cut […]



The energy storage startup is transforming a $100 billion market

December 26th, 2016 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

The energy storage industry has grown to become a $100 billion market, projected to reach $250 billion by 2040. This massive valuation is due, in part, to more than 50% of consumer energy bills being attributed to peak hour charges. Noticing the need to make energy usage more affordable and efficient, paired with a passion to improve the […]



9 million American men in their prime working age can’t find jobs

December 19th, 2016 at 3:27 pm » Comments Off

It’s not something most people in my life know about. My friends, acquaintances, the parents of kids on my son’s soccer team that I coach — none of them know.



The American Dream has finally been quantified

December 16th, 2016 at 3:23 pm » Comments Off

a The phrase “American dream” was invented during the Great Depression. It comes from a popular 1931 book by the historian James Truslow Adams, who defined it as “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone.”



Think exponentially and better predict the future

December 9th, 2016 at 2:33 pm » Comments Off

We humans aren’t great predictors of the future. For most of history, our experience has been “local and linear.” Not much change occurred generation to generation: We used the same tools, ate the same meals, lived in the same general place.



Can automation create newer, better jobs?

December 9th, 2016 at 11:28 am » Comments Off

As the fourth industrial revolution, characterized by smart factories and digital manufacturing, makes its presence felt globally, there is an upsurge in handwringing about the notion that technology will eliminate human jobs. To reskill your career, visit DavinciCoders.com and discover which course is best for you!



Will farming be fully automated in the future?

December 7th, 2016 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

Driverless tractors that can follow pre-programmed routes are already being deployed at large farms around the world. Drones are buzzing over fields assessing crop health and soil conditions. Ground sensors are monitoring the amount of water and nutrients in the soil, triggering irrigation and fertiliser applications.



Electric cars better for the environment and they save us billions

November 4th, 2016 at 3:26 pm » Comments Off

The list of benefits to purchasing an electric car has long included cleaner air and cheaper fuel, and now the American Lung Association (ALA) has added another to the list: government savings.



Let’s print a mountain range in 3-D

October 28th, 2016 at 6:00 am » Comments Off

  Futurist Thomas Frey is in town to talk to a Greater Des Moines Partnership breakfast Friday. I caught up with him by phone to discuss how our metro is likely to change as disruptive technologies pile up. By the time we were done, I had half-jokingly asked him if Iowa could 3-D print a mountain range, […]



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