Technology

Bob Hughes · December 31, 2015
Pendulum in Action, We Cycle, technology

Although we’re entering a phase in our current WE Cycle when people begin to turn on each other – even in an age when we think in terms of community, we take a good thing too far – there have been some significant developments in technology that can help use live better.

An interesting list of technologies that have begun to come of age appears on the Singularity Hub site. Here’s a précis (you can

Bob Hughes · November 27, 2015
Pendulum in Action, gift of reading, small actions, creativity in business, marketing strategy

Children thrive in an atmosphere of love and support. But they also flourish when they’re given books to read, and can learn to use their imaginations and live for a time in fictional worlds that shed light on the actual one they’re learning to navigate.

One group, Reading is Fundamental, or R.I.F., has donated in its 50 years of existence more than 410 million books to 40 million Americans, as the New York Times columnist Frank Bruni […]

Bob Hughes · October 02, 2015
Pendulum in Action, 911, cellphones, save lives, technology

It turns out that cellphones aren’t great for making 911 calls. Calls get dropped, locations are difficult to pinpoint since signals are bounced around to different towers, and those in need of emergency assistance can be left without aid for a long time. And what if you don’t have a cell connection? That might not matter soon. It might soon be possible to connect to 911 through Bluetooth, wi-fi, SMS, among others, to reach first responders, thanks to two young entrepreneurs.

Their […]

Bob Hughes · September 30, 2015
social media

The internet is a sensitive place, and people are easily offended. That’s often because online it’s hard to tell if someone’s being ironic or offensive, if someone’s being humorous or merely insensitive. What’s worse, on the internet everyone can hear you scream, and people given to public shaming are everywhere taking everyone to task for the slightest offense against whatever counts as propriety among the growing hordes of those who look to have their hackles raised.

We’ve all seen […]

Peter H. Diamandis · September 29, 2015
2015-0929-890891-001

In this ongoing series of blogs, we’re featuring content from entrepreneur and author Peter Diamandis. His new bestseller, co-written with Steven Kotler, is “Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World.” These blogs, written with Bob Hughes, explore many themes that are central to our current WE Cycle.

Readers can find more about forward-thinking executives, groundbreaking technology and the insights that Peter Diamandis shines on society in “Bold,” and through

Bob Hughes · September 03, 2015
safer automobile transportation

Google has been testing its self-driving cars, and apparently they’ve been pretty successful at getting around without incident. The problem is – the problem always is – humans.

The Google self-driving cars are programmed to be 100% respectful of the rules of the road. But people drive differently than that. Even good drivers. There’s a give-and-take in driving that eludes these smart vehicles. Driving is a kind of engagement with other people – even as many drivers like the […]

Peter H. Diamandis · September 01, 2015
Using-Exponential-Technologies-To-Build-a-Better-Future

In this ongoing series of blogs, we’re featuring content from entrepreneur and author Peter Diamandis. His new bestseller, co-written with Steven Kotler, is “Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World.” These blogs, written with Bob Hughes, explore many themes that are central to our current WE Cycle.

Readers can find more about forward-thinking executives, groundbreaking technology and the insights that Peter Diamandis shines on society in “Bold,” and in

Peter H. Diamandis · August 25, 2015
2015-0825-543194851

In this ongoing series of blogs, we’re featuring content from entrepreneur and author Peter Diamandis. His new bestseller, co-written with Steven Kotler, is “Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World.” These blogs, written with Bob Hughes, explore many themes that are central to our current WE Cycle.

Readers can find more about forward-thinking executives, groundbreaking technology and the insights that Peter Diamandis shines on society in “Bold,” and in

Bob Hughes · August 18, 2015
We Cycle

Many people have probably considered solar power, depending on where they live, to offset the cost of heating their homes or running electricity.

In a nice offshoot of its seemingly all-powerful ability to see the world from above and even up close, Google Maps is offering homeowners a bit of timely information: whether it’s worth installing solar panels.

“A new service called Project Sunroof aims to provide a ‘treasure map’ of solar energy with the help of Google Maps. Sunroof gives […]

Bob Hughes · June 24, 2015
digital marketing, reading-books

Do we read more digitally or analogically?

It depends on the medium.

Consider newspapers. I still get the daily New York Times in print, even though I check out its digital version several times during the day. And I’ve come to see that the Times hasn’t yet figured out how to balance the publication of stories online or on paper so that those who still read paper papers feel that what they see is fresh and not something a digital editor had already decided to run days before. […]