Historic and Future Economic Booms Offsetting Depressions and Disasters

Science Fiction, scenarios and visions of the future often emphasize fears and risks of collapse or depressions. Science fiction usually focuses on civilizations with major problems so that stories have tension and drama. A civilization with scarce resources is also a simple world to understand. Scenarios planners want to look at three to eight scenarios …

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Self-Driving Trucks Will Create a Megaregion Economic Boom

Urban areas are richer and more productive. Research shows that doubling the population and increasing urban density boosts productivity by about 15%. Roman cities were connected by the distance someone could walk in one hour. Self-driving cars, trucks and buses will be able to eliminate traffic jams and then have steadily increasing safe operating speeds. …

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Economic Boom From Faster and Cheaper Movement of Goods

There is some suggestive evidence that lowering the cost and barriers to trade and increasing the volume of trade will boost GDP. It is difficult to isolate cause and effects. Past major examples of reduced transportation times and lowering costs of movement of goods are Interstate and national highway systems and shipping containers. Shipping containers …

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Plus Using Nvidia Orin AI Chip for Self Driving Semi Truck in 2022

Plus, a self-driving truck technology, announced today that it will equip the next generation of its autonomous truck driving system with the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin™ system-on-a-chip (SoC). The company plans to roll out this next-generation system in 2022 across the U.S., China and Europe. Plus is starting mass production of its autonomous driving system for …

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Jeff Bezos Will Step Down as Amazon CEO in Third Quarter of 2021

Jeff Bezos will step down as CEO of Amazon and become Executive Chair of the Amazon Board in 2021 third quarter. Andy Jassy will become CEO. Bezos will focus on new products and early initiatives. As Exec Chair, Bezos will stay engaged in important Amazon initiatives but also have the time and energy I need …

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NIO Will Use NVIDIA Drive Orin Chips for AI Driving

NIO will use NVIDIA DRIVE for advanced automated driving technology in its future fleets, marking the genesis of truly intelligent and personalized NIO vehicles. The NIO ET7 sedan will ship in China starting in 2022. ET7 will use an NVIDIA-powered supercomputer, called Adam, that uses NVIDIA DRIVE Orin to deploy advanced automated driving technology. “The …

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Buzz Around Apple Self-Driving Car

Taiwan Tech News Site DigiTimes reports that Apple is working with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), on self-driving chip technology. Apple and TSMC have reportedly established plans for a factory to produce Apple Car chips in the USA and are currently negotiating with upstream and downstream supplies in the automotive electronics supply chain. Digitimes also …

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Andrej Karpathy Gives a Technical Update on Tesla Self Driving AI

Andrej Karpathy, Tesla Senior Director of AI gave a technical talk on Tesla’s self-driving AI at the Matroid Scaled Machine Learning Conference 2020. If Tesla is the first to succeed in the development of full self-driving, then this will enable Tesla to become a multi-trillion company Tesla has a few dozen developers in the AI …

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A Series of Global Technology Disruptions

Tony Seba has a formal system for identifying and forecasting technological disruption. The link is to a 16-page guide that he created back in 2014. He used his methodology to identify the combined disruption of electric cars, self-driving and ride-sharing that creates transportation as a service (TAAS). In the video below Tony reviews how his …

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Ark Invest’s Big Five Technologies in 2020 Will Be Worth Multiple Trillions Around 2030

Ark Invest has 11 Big Ideas for 2020. However, Five Ideas are clearly the biggest. AI and Sequencing will supercharge biotechnology for nearly $10 trillion in impact by 2024. $5 to 10 Trillion in Market Value by 2025 Biotech R&D Efficiency — The Convergence of Technologies in Healthcare. Improvements in R&D efficiency could add $9 …

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