The Thought Cycle

The Paris attacks rekindled a long-standing debate between governments and technology companies over the proper use of encryption technology.  With terrorists using ever more sophisticated means to disguise their online identities and activities, a societal discussion about the boundaries of civil liberties and effective national security...

As the Internet of Things continues its rapid expansion, the resulting data is playing an ever more critical role in how the world works.  Sensors are seemingly everywhere and a part of just about everything, yet it seems that the true value of all that information...

Back in 1965, Gordon Moore predicted that the speed of semiconductors would double on a regular timeframe.  This prediction came to be known as “Moore’s Law”, and is now part of the lore of Silicon Valley.  Even more, the assumption that Moore’s Law will remain true for the foreseeable...

Popular perception of corporations and industries are built carefully over time, but destroyed by the popular media in an instant. The family fun time image of Sea World was forever changed by “Blackfish”.  The pure-bred American brand of General Motors was dented by “Roger & Me”.  McDonald’s made...

Utopian thinkers have always believed that technological advances would usher in an age where people would accomplish more in far less time.  The dream was that productivity would get to a point where leisure would become the dominant feature of our lives, with hyper-productive work a...

The technology sector is obsessed with the concept of disruption.  As originally laid in Clayton Christensen’s 2011 book “The Innovator’s Dilemma”, the idea of disruption is fairly simple.  Businesses find an underserved part of the market, build a product which fills the void, and fly below the radar...