A View From the Edge

Indicators of humanity’s future in the air

While we all get distracted by the body (im)politic there is a ton of news the major media people are not covering for you. Readers of this column will know I focus often on aviation since it tends to be a signpost for what are good — and bad — indicators of progress.

Teachers — underpaid or undervalued?

Teachers’ pay issues are sweeping the nation. And if you think they are not coming to a state, city or town near you, think again. A large part of the problem here is not money. Yes, money is the negotiating platform on both sides (how else do we Americans value anything these days), but the issue is a fundamental one that we have all overlooked.

Teaching is now a full-time job. It wasn’t until the last four decades.

Memory overload and obliteration

Modern humans, especially, are being forced to plot their own demise. We all talk about overload — overload at work — overload of media—overload of opinion — overload of social media — the list seems endless. The truth is, all these pressures are self-inflicted.

What exactly is Defense?

What exactly is Defense?

Sustainable development vs. digital onslaught vs. work

People with serious money and past success often feel compelled to set aside time and brainpower to help solve critical issues around the world. High tech people, especially, feel this sudden urge to make things right or better. It is almost as if they suddenly realize that their many billions of dollars are worth nothing when compared with the world they fashioned — a world stripping away the ethic of work, with an enforced digital schedule set by machines, and, never least, the energy consumptive industries they have built.

Good fences? Good neighbors?

There is an old saying that good fences make for good neighbors. Such sentiment is borne of the belief that what is mine is mine and what is yours is not mine. A fence is a demarcation, a boundary marker. If your neighbor put up a tall wall or high fence, you would not get the impression your neighbor wants to be friendly or, for t≠hat matter, ever wants anything to do with you.

BIG batteries and Integration

Integration—it’s a word you hear everywhere these days. Electronics need to be integrated so that your phone can follow your email at the office, Alexa can meld your purchasing and entertainment needs, and so on. What people are beginning to discover, is that ancient systems can be integrated into the most modern developments and, together, they can bring greater efficiencies.

New Year Lesson: Connections & Redundancy

This is a story like none ever before in human history. More radical than the Industrial Revolution. Let’s imagine you have a plastic bottle of Tropicana orange juice in your fridge. There is a chain of events and people needed to put it there. Until you understand that chain, you can have no understanding whatsoever of how the economy works and what the future holds. And if we look at this backwards, it may be easier to understand.