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     Various interviews and articles, organized by topic. The older pieces are included so the reader (and myself) can keep score over time, but the most recent essays are probably of greatest interest.


public policy
The insidious role played by gerrymandering, and a modest proposal for preventing The Representatives of the People of America from Being in Conflict with their Country, and For Making Them Beneficial to The Public
Vouching for Quality Health Care- proposing the distribution of yearly insurance vouchers to pay for universal health care, yet allow for private sector innovation, efficiency and effectiveness. From Business Week of 7/16/2009.
You Should be Able to Patent Ideas - a comment on why business method patents are fundamentally no different than mechanical inventions. From the Wall Street Journal 6/25/2009.
By spending too much time worrying about hijacking and even atomic bombs, we risk a greater disaster from bioterror. From Business Week 05/20/07.
On the crisis in science education, and how to encourage a scientifically literate nation. From Business Week 09/2006.
Why patents are less valuable than most people think, and how to invent a solution to our patent malaise. From Business Week 12/2005.
On leveraging "platform technology" principles to help survive disasters and lower the risk of underestimating unpredictable risks. From Business Week 9/2005.
How phantom productivity incentives stand in the way of creating real, enduring wealth. From Business Week 5/2005.
Assuring America's technological strength by reinvesting in our human capital. From Business Week 3/2005.
A quote regarding patent lifetimes in a NYTimes Magazine article by James Gleick Patently Absurd 3/12/2000.
Promoting the use of a spectrum commodity exchange to ignite a new wave of wireless investment and innovation. From Business Week 1/2005.
Telecommunications Magazine 3/2004 for more on spectrum allocation.
Blunting terrorism by making its targets less valuable to attack, and less expensive to defend. From Technology Review 4/2002.
On the decline of long term research in the United States, emphasizing ways to improve the patent system and other incentives. Why everyone should not be a VC. From Business Week 7/2/2002.
Time to start investing in replacements for the silicon transistor, before a crisis in power dissipation hits next decade. From "Always On" 2/15/04.
SDI - When Defenses Turn Offensive, Physics Today, 1988, V41, N1, p126-127. Discussing how defensive weapons always have an offensive nature, and thus the foolishness of ignoring unlimited defensive build-ups while worrying solely about offensive capabilities.
business and economics
Seven Essential Board Slides an entrepreneur should include in every board meeting presentation. Get these fundamentals right, and you are free to focus on growing your business. Ignore them at your peril.
Turning Stock Speculators into Investors, by issuing a combination of restricted and freely tradable shares. From Bloomberg-Business Week March 2011
Why Rebalance?, explaining why this hallmark of conventional wisdom leads to lower returns and only nominal protection against stock market risk. Feb 2011
Know when to fold'em, advice and a simple tool to identify which stocks are best suited for a buy-and-hold strategy. Dec 2010
The Problem With Pensions- how GDP growth limits pension returns, and why we should all reserve 20% of income to pay for retirement. An impending crisis of expectations vs reality. From November 2010.
Back to the Future, a technique to compare stocks and fund returns without the misleading sensitivity and dependency on starting date. Sept 2010.
A three point plan to reinvigorate Microsoft. Of course, MS is not going out of business any time soon, but the hardest thing for a leader to do, is rethink their business before circumstances force them to play catchup. From Business Week 9/2008
Explains how consumers balance their rate of spending against their rate of earning- careful, you may not be able to spend more than $2/hr and still keep your head above water. From Business Week 12/2007.
A speech from the Sept 2007 Argyl Executive forum, outlining key rules for venture capital success.
Giving music away in bulk to earn product loyalty, instead of stealing MP3s. From CNET News.com 4/3/03.
Improving telecommunications competition despite monopoly ownership. Response to an FCC ruling. From Telecom Flash 3/31/03.
Reconfiguring the telecom industry for success. From America's Network 11/01/02
Interview on the potential FCC ruling to no longer require local phone companies to lease their network to competitors. From IDG 2/19/03.
Can the internet cannot be advertiser supported? One of many internet myths from 1998.
science and technology
How carpentry, mechanical design, and trisecting the angle are linked, all in one brief day. May 2015
The limits to knowing. Jan 2014
The same technology undermining privacy is the key to its control. How GORT could be your best friend. 9/2014
The Archimedes Stealth "Death" Ray- how to aim the mirrors with virtual images and a sundial gnomon.
Battling misconceptions on how science really works. From a comment on Treehugger 6/1/10.
Why we should refer to Darwin's LAW of Evolution when speaking to the general public. June 2002.
Intelligent Design. And what passes for political debate. There are not always two sides to every issue. 8/1995
PC magazine interview on future of consumer technology. From 5/16/1995
Radio interview on the Dick Tracy wrist telephone. From the Pulse of the Planet 9/1996.
Unleashing user innovation by eliminating "no user serviceable parts inside". From the NYTimes 9/8/1998
Highlighting the enormous inefficiencies of converting one form of energy to another, and how better design and planning could chart a path to energy freedom. From Business Week 07/2007.
While solar panels generate no CO2, they are deep black and may warm the earth despite their "green" footprint, at least initially. From Business Week 06/2007.
On the importance of energy efficiency- and how we could save 30% of our energy consumption with little economic pain. From Business Week 03/2006.
predictions and rants
All that Glitters- predicting the future of gold prices, based on aligning gold to world GDP growth. From December 2010
Too Much of a Good Thing- on why large systems fail catastrophically. An unintended consequence of trying to copy and promulgate the best ideas... From 1995.
Predicting the next richest man in the world will commercialize nanoscience to cure diseases and sculpt our genetic code. From Business Week 11/2005.
Various predictions for the evolution of technology in the "Future of the Future". From Barrons 11/13/2000.
The Customer Expectations Research effort at Bell Labs. The CER developed new methodologies to help predict the future of consumer behavior, as well as more intuitive user interfaces. From Fast Company 2/1997.
On the future of optical networks. From America's Network 4/15/2002.
On the impending revenue crisis for cable systems, due to the trojan horse impact of broadband modems and 802.11 From Barrons 11/11/02.
The role of scenario planning at AT&T during its most turbulent years. From Strategos 4/2002
Computers evolve much faster than human genes, leading to parity by 2088, and then... From Wired 3.03 of March 1995.
HGTV is the poster child for "good design" on cable TV. But it's bad for designers, and misleading for clients... RANT from ID Magazine. Sept 2005.
Why the Fourth American Civil War will be a fight over secularism. July 2004.
Some people are born gay- perhaps its a result of sperm competition at conception... June 2005.
America is a tolerant county, especially in politics. We even tolerate views so far to the right the rest of us are left behind. July 2004.
A submission to the Bulwer-Lytton competition. Bad tech puns. 4/1998
The next great internet bubble, a perspective from 1996.
Will our body images change if fat is healthy? From WIRED 5.10 10/1997


Some Older General Interest Papers

  • Advantage, June 1991 NTU Video Satellite Course
  • The Multimedia Village, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC, 1993
  • Software And Productivity, Communications Of The ACM, 1994, V37, N4 (Apr), p13.
  • Counting Your Change, Scientific American, 1992



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