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Smart Swarming The Future of Organization
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Well s**t.

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Haaahaaa. More click bait from the master. The so called hyperloop is impossible from a physics and engineering standpoint. 
Elon Musk says he has a green light to build a NY–Philly–Baltimore–DC hyperloop

Elon Musk just tweeted that his Boring Company tunnel project has just received “verbal [government] approval” to build a hyperloop connecting New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC....While we work to verify his claim, Musk is continuing to tweet more details about the project. The hyperloop, an ultrafast method of travel first developed by Musk in 2013, would only take 29 minutes to travel between New York City and DC, he claims. And it would feature “up to a dozen or more” access points via elevator in each city.

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My whole goal in life is to do well enough to come back as a raven. Or barring that, a house cat. I'll have to get back to you later to let you know how it turns out. Hopefully much later. 😆

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Maybe, maybe not. What Musk does understand is click bait headlines that keeps his name in the news. 
Robots as a Force for Good

Good interview with famed roboticist, Rodney Brooks. I like this part, and he's raising an important point about funding automation for social outcomes.


I’m a robotics guy, so every problem I think I can solve has a robotics solution. But what are the sorts of things that are important to humankind, which the current model of either large companies investing in or VCs investing in, aren’t going to solve? For instance: plastics in the ocean. It’s getting worse; it’s contaminating our food chain. But it’s the problem of the commons. Who is going to fund a startup company to get rid of plastics in the ocean?  Who’s going to fund that, because who’s going to [provide a return for those investors] down the line?

So I’m more interested in finding places where robotics can help the world but there’s no way currently of getting the research or the applications funded.



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Emergence 

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The Return of the Generalist
Specialisation is stifling innovation. So says this report from the World Economic Forum,  Innovation is dying, and experts are to blame . As a life long generalist, this is music to my ears, as I've felt stifled because my game plans and avenues to unique ...

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This piece has me thinking. The construction and project management industry is about 100 years behind most all other manufacturing. It's my background. Maybe I'm pursuing the wrong entrepreneurial opportunity. 

The biggest barrier? Mindset:
The consensus of those I spoke with, both providers and customers, is that the biggest barrier to modular construction is mindset. Construction is a conservative industry where old habits die hard. In Europe and Asia, modular construction is far more popular than in the U.S., where it represents less than 3% of new building, says Tom Hardiman, executive director of the Modular Building Institute.

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I'm finally getting a grasp on how to use ICOs to finance the Glia Strategic Ecosystem. 

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There's some pretty tepid recommendations at the end. We're going to have to much more radically transform than that.

From McKinsey Insights: Making it in America

http://www.mckinsey.com/global-themes/employment-and-growth/making-it-in-america?cid=soc-app

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For an economy predicated on consumer spending, this isn't a sustainable formula.

From McKinsey Insights: Poorer than their parents? A new perspective on income inequality

http://www.mckinsey.com/global-themes/employment-and-growth/poorer-than-their-parents-a-new-perspective-on-income-inequality?cid=soc-app
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