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Crowd Sourcing

Crowd sourcing is the art and business of drawing upon the resources of a groups (millions) of people. In this article I will discuss two such companies where I am lead investor that leverage the crowd: Getaround and CureTogether. Getaround draws upon the resources owned by people – vehicles. CureTogether draws upon the knowledge of […]

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Shapeways

Shapeways is one of the most exciting companies in the 3D printing space. Based out of New York, they provide an easy and inexpensive way for the public at large to participate in 3D Printing. This is how it works: Goto http://www.shapeways.com and select one design from thousands. Choose your material, be it plastic, polymers […]

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Apply Technology Trends

Exponential technology trends can combine and intersect with unbelievable results. The kind of results that can change the world on a impressive scale, disrupt entire industries and create Abundance for everyone. Start by taking 10 trends identified at Think Exponential and placing them in a grid, 5 on a side. By combining two technologies and […]

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Exponential Tech

Below is a graph of Computing on a logarithmic scale. It shows the power of computing at the Supercomputer, Desktop Computer and Mobile level. This is Moore’s Law in action – it states that the number of transistors doubles every 18 months. Computers are Turing machines, which means that they all work the same fundamental way – as […]

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Think Exponential

Thinking Exponential exists to change how you see technology – to think of it as a series of predictable steps or generations. The implications are world-changing. Humans think in terms they can relate to. We base our expectations on our experience, we live in linear time and space. Walking to turn on the lights takes 10 […]

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Solve Energy

Energy is the source of many world conflicts. We are a society based on fossil fuels, a non renewable resource with climate implications. With Exponential Technology we can change all that. It’s hard to truly appreciate the power of technology to turn an industry upside down, but this is exactly what happened with Natural Gas. […]

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Solve Cancer

Cancer is a terrible burden. 1 in 2 will get it, 1 in 3 will die. Cancer is caused by changes or mutations in your DNA. A mutation occurs when a DNA letter is changed, deleted or inserted. With the wrong changes a cell can begin copying itself uncontrollably. The gas pedal may be stuck on […]

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Solve Aging

Aging is the number one cause of dying. In the modern world the average lifespan today is around 80. The Japanese, Swiss and Italians have the longest lifespans. In worldwide rankings, Canada ranked #11 and the USA #40. Thinking Exponentially, huge strides in increasing average lifespan have been made. From 38 in 1850, 59 by 1930, 68 by 1970, […]

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Self Driving Cars

Self driving cars, as unbelievable as it sounds, are autonomous vehicles that can literally drive themselves – in traffic. It’s a trillion-dollar technology. A self driving car handles all aspects of driving: lane changes, traffic lights, pedestrians, turning, parking, accelerating and even choosing the route. The only thing it can’t do is load fuel. All […]

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Robotics

Robotics is coming in a big way – this decade. It is a technology driven by computing and artificial intelligence. Today you see robots in museums as novel toys to escort guests. They exist in the forms of drones both for the military and civilian use. Robots also explore mines and deactivate bombs, going places […]

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Carbon Nanotubes

Carbon Nanotubes, and their corresponding Buckyballs, are the hottest short term nanotechnology rolling out this decade. They are incredibly multi-functional. Carbon is the perfect lego block element. It can connect up to 4 other carbons in infinite combinations. Given the right conditions, it will self organize complex structures. One of those is a soccer ball […]

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3D Printing

3D Printing, also known as rapid prototyping, allows everyone to create almost anything. Its quick, inexpensive, and precise using materials such  plastics, metals, or even living cells. Its revolutionary. Traditionally everything was mass produced : Plastic bowls, ceramic cups, or cell phone cases. They are available cheaply because they are designed once and produced many […]

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence, also know as A.I. or AI, is one of the least understood and most under estimated fields of technology. Artificial Intelligence has become a corner-stone of today’s world. AI’s run financial markets, fly planes and diagnoses diseases. An AI is often trained or taught, sometimes you will see it called machine learning. An […]

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What is DNA

In leveraging DNA it helps to know how the stuff works. It’s remarkably simple yet generates every living thing around you. From a simple code nature has created effectively infinite combinations. It only takes 5 minutes to learn but you will gain a deep understanding of the process of life and be a hit at […]

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Quantum Computing

Easily the most bizarre technology on the horizon is quantum computing. It is so un-intuitive, don’t be surprised if you first don’t get it. At the atomic level, the smallest level, things don’t exist in the way you and I are familiar with. Atoms made their constituents: electrons, protons, neutrons – don’t exist as distinct […]

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Neural Networks

Neural Networks are a form of Artificial Intelligence that learns through a process called Machine Learning. Neural Networks originated in the 1970’s when scientists tried to recreate the logic of a brain using virtual neurons.  A neuron works by taking input from a variety of sources, mainly other neurons, and when a threshold is reached, it fires. One neuron will […]

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Brain to Computer Interface

Brain to Computer Interface, also known as BCI, is one of the most exciting developments in technology. It allows for a person to communicate with a computer using only their thoughts. Traditionally a person would use a keyboard or mouse to instruct a computer what to do. In some cases you could even use a […]

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Get SNPd!

In my humble opinion, the best $100 investment you can ever make is to get yourself SNP’d. No scissors involved. UPDATE: In November 2013, 23andMe was ordered to stop selling genetic testing kits by the FDA. Currently a much more limited product is available. SNP DNA testing is a process by which your DNA is scanned looking for […]

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Computing

Computing, powered by computers, serves as the backbone of our information society. They act as the cornerstone to the Internet, desktops, mobile phones and countless other industries. Computers are arguably the most important invention of the last 50 years. Thinking Exponentially, almost everyone under estimates the implications of computing technology. Each generation of computers stands […]

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Genetic Sequencing

Our ability to read DNA has become one the fastest growing technologies ever. Reading all the DNA for a single human is called reading a person’s genome. A human genome is big, it’s roughly 6 billion letters long consisting of G C T and A. Almost every cell in your body contains a full copy of […]

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Nanotechnology

Almost the entire modern world is based on our ability to manipulate electrons with some degree of precision. It is the basis of computers, the Internet, and telecommunications. What has been lacking is similar progress with atoms. Manipulating atoms with accuracy is extremely challenging. Thinking Exponentially, control of electrons progressed from powering lights to enabling smart […]

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Synthetic Life

Synthetic life, also known as synbio or synthetic biology, is a relatively new technology that will revolutionize the world. It is nothing short of the power to create our own custom life forms. Synthetic life is likely to be the hottest single technology for the rest of this decade. Thinking Exponentially, there have been amazing advancements in […]

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Abundance

One of the best books I ever read about the implications of technology is by Peter H. Diamandis. He is the arguably the key person behind of the XPrize, Singularity University, Zero-G Gravity flights and Planetary Resources. Peter takes the projections of The Singularity is Near one step further and applies them to the biggest […]

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