Category Archives: Technology

A focus on disruptive technologies

Making Your Home Self Sufficient in Power and Heat

Making Your Own Heat and Electricity In Any Climate or Location Suddenly it is becoming possible to make all the electricity and heat for your home that you could need — no matter your latitude or weather conditions. Using “micro … Continue reading

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A World Ripe for Disruption

The global economy has been in a state of rapid ferment for several decades. Although the US has operated the world’s largest national economy for the past 127 years, some of the world’s other former economic giants are beginning to … Continue reading

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Innovation, Productivity, and Enterprise: Wealth of Nations

Innovation Leads to Greater Productivity and Wealth Both innovation in new products and innovation in new processes tend to contribute to higher productivity for both individual firms — large and small — and for nations. “Disruptive innovation” contributes more than … Continue reading

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Making Government Unnecessary: Disruptive Innovations

Alexei Kudrov, a brilliant and honest Russian, speaking of the potential effects of blockchain technology on governments: “Soon technology will replace many of the functions of government. The technology of block chains can almost completely replace the state bureaucracy. Society … Continue reading

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Privileged, Arrogant Silicon Valley Goes Half Cocked

Deranged Supporters of Hillary also Sore Losers Silicon Valley calls for secession from America Tech CEOs and executives supported Hillary Clinton’s campaign most generously with financial largesse and copious verbiage. One might expect some degree of maturity in people who … Continue reading

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Small Nuclear Reactors to Power Homesteads and Survival Compounds

Personal Power for the Coming Anarchy Western societies are aging, losing expertise and internal cohesion, and allowing the foundations of their civilisation to crumble. To survive, modern societies need to make their vital infrastructure as robust as they can. Instead, … Continue reading

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An Uber Style of Medical Care for the US?

The Tech Revolution is Sweeping Over Much of US Society — Why Not Health Care? Health care-market distortions have considerably worsened since Kenneth Arrow famously described them in 1963; but in other industries less dominated by misguided government intervention, similar … Continue reading

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Time to Stop Worshiping the Fickle Ancient Gods of Wind and Sun

Advanced, safe, clean, affordable, reliable nuclear power is the future. Unless advanced human societies all collapse, wind and solar will always be the fickle gods of the past. Wind and solar energy are weather-dependent, variable and intermittent, i.e., therefore not … Continue reading

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A Modern Civilisation Without Working Power Grids and Internets?

The Congressional EMP Commission has repeatedly warned that a nuclear Scud missile launched from a freighter could prompt a U.S. blackout that would … last for at least a year, but kill nine in every 10 Americans. There are nearly … Continue reading

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Future Materials Medleys: Metals, Ceramics, Carbons

Humans have made clever use of metals and ceramics for thousands of years. Carbons — coal, graphite, diamond etc. — have likewise found human use for thousands of years. But it is only recently that humans have begun to learn … Continue reading

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Heaven Is A Long-Shot Gamble Part II

According to the KISS study, the cost for a future mission to identify and return a 500 ton asteroid to low earth orbit is ~$2.6 billion USD, ignoring the costs to develop the infrastructure necessary to process the materials in … Continue reading

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SpaceX Scores Two in One: 11 Satellite Launches Plus Successful Recovery Landing of 1st Stage Booster

Elon Musk Goes Long Way Toward Redeeming Himself Elon Musk’s SpaceX finally achieved another successful space launch — plus it achieved its first successful recovery landing of a first stage booster rocket. This “two in one” success should go a … Continue reading

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Making Government Unnecessary: Brew Your Own Drugs and Chemicals at Home

Automated Molecular Synthesis vs. Biosynthesis of Drugs The image above displays Martin Burke’s molecule-making machine. It is capable of automated chemical synthesis, sometimes described as a “3D Printer for Chemicals.” The machine is meant to facilitate the automated synthesis of … Continue reading

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Robot Revolution? The Disruptive Potential Cannot be Overstated

The Pentagon already deploys 11,000 UAVs and over 12,000 ground robots. Don’t be surprised if they’re the ones that save the day when the next big disaster strikes. __ http://thediplomat.com/2015/05/the-rise-of-military-robot-rd-a-global-phenomenon/ The U.S. military is interested in the use of robots … Continue reading

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Personal Lighter-than-Air Flying Machines

The “age of the personal airship” always seems to be just around the corner. Hot air balloons have been around since 1783, but affordable personal airships that you can control and reliably fly from point A to point B in … Continue reading

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What’s So Great About 3D Printing?

A Disruptive Technology 3D printing is disruptive in several ways. First, it will compete with and partially replace several different industrial processes. Next, it will allow the creation of completely new products — and completely new tools for creating new … Continue reading

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Whoever Controls the Sun Controls the Earth

It is not so hard to destroy cities and prevent food crops from growing. Merely control the level of sunlight that is allowed to reach particular parts of the Earth. Consider, if you will, flocks of solar controllers — either … Continue reading

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Build Your Own Weapons, Like a Dangerous Child

Electromagnetic projectile launchers called railguns are what many in the military are hoping will be the weapon of the future. A railgun doesn’t use traditional projectile propellants like gunpowder or explosives, but instead they use electromagnetic fields to propel projectiles … Continue reading

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Motherships and Rocketships

Satellites today are launched via booster rocket from a limited number of ground facilities, which can involve a month or longer of preparation for a small payload and significant cost for each mission. Launch costs are driven in part today … Continue reading

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Grow an Army of Superhumans Using Affordable Artificial Wombs

Are We Approaching the Age of Effective and Affordable Artificial Wombs? Womb transplants are already here. These transplanted wombs would likely be disposable — they would be removed after successful birth by C-section — and thrown away. These transplanted wombs … Continue reading

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Sing the Body ElectRx

… ElectRx seeks to advance understanding of the anatomy and physiology of specific neural circuits and their role in health and disease. Fundamental biology efforts will set out to culminate in proof-of-concept demonstrations of feedback-controlled neuromodulation strategies to establish healthy … Continue reading

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Malthusian Monkeys Screech of Doom

Update: New steel alloy has strength to weight ratio of titanium at one tenth the cost (Nature Abstract) When Paul Ehrlich, John Holdren, and John Harte wagered Julian Simon $10,000 that the cost of commodities and natural resources would always … Continue reading

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DARPA Interested in New Syn-Bio Discovery

The US defence agency DARPA has awarded a $32 million contract to a Boston area partnership that has also, coincidentally, developed a potentially revolutionary new approach to the powerful CRISPR gene editing toolkit. More NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Broad … Continue reading

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Synthetic Biology Update

If one could magically convert a substance selling for $0.20 per pound into a substance selling for $2,000.00 per pound, he might consider doing so. Of course, the conversion process is not magical, it is scientific and technological, using modified … Continue reading

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Abundance: Guaranteed Basic Income vs. Guaranteed Basic Competence

It is becoming stylish to talk about “living wages” or “guaranteed basic incomes.” It is thought by some that giving every living person a guaranteed income might free them from worrying about money, and allow them to pursue a rich … Continue reading

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