Monthly Archives August 2013

Introducing C-PET’s New Futures Platform

 Introducing C-PET’s New Futures Platform

By Gunther Sonnenfeld & Nigel Cameron,  C-PET’s New Policy Innovation Futures Platform

So the sequester grinds on, good men and women pursue the trench warfare at which Capitol Hill excels, and the future of the United States looks more precarious by the day.

Public and private policy in today’s world has boiled down to the tepid commitment of belief systems that seem untethered to foundational wisdom and anchored to party alliances that often do very little for our long-term social, political or technological advancement. In short, as corporations, legislators, lobbyists and citizen activist groups, we are seeking quick solutions to highly complex problems that are predicated on borrowed time and borrowed capital…...

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Elon Musk’s blowpipe and the future of these United States

Elon Musk’s blowpipe and the future of these United States

August 13, 2013

Nigel Cameron

I’ve long been of the opinion that the 20th century has been generally one gargantuan, bloody distraction in the history of the planet. The 18th and 19th laid the bases for the 21st.  And here’s another example. The technology that Elon Musk, America’s Innovation Laureate, is proposing for his elevated high-high-speed trains is essentially the same as that which delivered bleus (telegrams) to fashionable districts of Paris in the 19th century (something I remember learning from Proust). That same technology charmingly connected every sales desk with the “counting house” of the most fashionable store in my boyhood Edinburgh – and, more prosaically, does the job today in America’s drive-through banks...

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Internet of Things

Internet of Things – Smart Systems and Dumb Policy could be a Dangerous Combination in a Dynamic Global Arena

Steve Bell, President, KeySo Global LLC

Introduction

As a result of a recent C-PET Internet of Things (IoT) round table teleconference and the recent 3rd Annual Internet of Things Europe 2011 conference in Brussels it was thought appropriate to share the following paper. This report is a summary extract of the key points discussed at a C-PET IoT conference held in December 2009. It is based on a comprehensive report developed by KeySo Global (available on request) of the meeting that examined these points in light of a number of trends and developments of the IoT during 2010...

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