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Ideas for stories

Topics that would make good stories to write or outline onto the site


  • Resume 
  • Personal history/timeline
  • List of web sources

Background ideas

  • Innovation:
    • more dispersed, so inter-organizational comms more promising
    • cumulative and combinatorial, leading to overhangs and avalanches
    • internet speeds discovery and evalation, so things like capital choices should get better
  • Collaboration, implicit and explicit
    • Explicit, committed collaboration is enhanced by recent communications capabilities and industrial innovations (e.g., groove, consultants, outsourced services)
    • Implicit collaboration is emerging in new forms
      • Amazon purchasers "collaborate" by sharing summaries of who has bought what
      • Google collects opinions of web publishers into collaborative filters
      • Weblogs allow spontaneous and self-organizing collaborative filters
      • Search for potential competitors (or for prior art) enables new entrants to a market or field of study to find unique and unexplored niches, effectively collaborating to avoid direct competition
  • 4 values from the old "new world order," still relevant, two with large tipping points and two cumulative
  • Nanotech background
    • sensors, materials, computation and quantum logic, medicine, and finally machines
    • environmental potential wins
    • role of molecular modelling and effects of grid computing
  • Climate change
    • breakdown of 10x reduction in developed world, by sector
    • importance of developing countries
    • importance of renewable energy
    • importance of overhangs and avalanches
    • improving our estimates of technological change
  • Renewable energy
    • Solar prospects
    • Wind prospects
    • Economics with no grid or micro-grids: Central role of efficiency

Notes from sources

  • Russ: Korea observations
  • PARC talk on encouraging innovation
  • David Kieth, CMU, on co2 sequestration


  • web sites i'd like to try
  • list of questions i'd like answered
    • how low-power can a pc workstation get?
  • dream about disposable displays
  • nifty quotes

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