Who would have guessed that US Patent No. 3,906,166, granted in 1975 to Martin Cooper of Motorola would completely change the world? My kids tell me that was a long time ago, which I suppose it was…. Here’s global cell phone penetration over the last decade. Not bad… With hindsight
Karl Duncker, that’s who came up with it. The Candle Problem, that is. If you haven’t heard of the candle problem, here’s the skinny. In 1945, just as Hitler was murdering himself (thankfully), psychologist Karl Duncker was turning his attention to how humans solve problems. He came up with “the candle
I was thinking about this as I’ve been reading….and re-reading the absolutely brilliant book “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari, who is one of my new favourite thinkers. In particular, there is a chapter which takes a sword to the notion that empires always crush rebellions
…and it’s only getting worse. Bin, by the way, means “son of” in Arabic. This is why there are “Bins” here, there, and everywhere scattered across the Middle East. And some of them are having a rough week. In particular: Prince Mansour bin-Muqrin who just died in a helicopter crash
A tale of two James’. What does this guy: …have in common with this guy: Two things: Same first name, and similar opportunities. Let me explain. Captain James was probably just another ruffian salty with poor hygiene and bad teeth. But you know what the catalyst to his fame was?
In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, I spent a lot of time travelling through a host of the worlds airports. This naturally meant spending an inordinate amount of time staring at random people, wandering about aimlessly (no business class lounges when you’re an impoverished backpacker living on noodles), and
You’d be forgiven for being disappointed with the general public’s lack of interest in holding governments accountable for their illegal spying and surveillance of ordinary citizens. We examine the likely trigger for the inevitable boom in cyber security, when the public will suddenly care A LOT about who has access to their private data… and seek solutions.
Get ready for an entirely new structure whereby every value component of a business is tied to an outcome via smart contracts, and, instead of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” as that lunatic Marx wanted, we will have “from each according to his contribution”