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Innovation and its consequences.
Aereo Decision a Boon, Not a Bane for Innovation Mark F. Shultz 06/26/2014
Aereo’s system was a case of legal engineering rather than technical ingenuity.
The Natural Gas Boom: Questions and Complications Vaclav Smil 06/15/2014
Complex changes do not bring unalloyed benefits, and rather than adhering to a simplistic infatuation with new riches, we should recognize a number of already obvious complications and ask a number of necessary questions.
The Future Electric Grid Mark P. Mills 05/31/2014
We hear increasingly that technology is making today’s electric utility model ‘obsolete’ and will put its companies into a ‘death spiral.’ Is it possible that so much has changed so quickly?
California’s New Solar Plant: Burning Up Taxpayer Money, Land, and Wildlife Benjamin Zycher 05/21/2014
While the federal government receives net payments for electricity-related oil and gas production on federal land, the net subsidy for the new Ivanpah solar plant is almost 300 times greater.
New FDA E-cigarette Regulations: Killing an Industry, Killing Smokers Gilbert Ross, M.D. 05/14/2014
If the FDA's proposed regulations go into force, the likely outcome is a severe reduction in consumer choice, and thus fewer smokers quitting and more dying needlessly.
Crowdfunders' Losing Deal Adam Gomolin 04/04/2014
Shouldn’t those who contribute the funds to launch successful startups also share in any profits?
Could Computers Get Too Smart? Edward Tenner 02/07/2014
Some scientists and philosophers worry that artificial intelligence may someday make humanity superfluous.
Sweden’s Swing toward a Free Market Michael M. Rosen 01/29/2014
Startups and regulatory restraint have fueled Swedish economic growth.
‘Cleantech’ Gets Clocked By 60 Minutes, and the Usual Suspects Try to Make Lemonade Benjamin Zycher 01/23/2014
Despite massive taxpayer-funded subsidies, ‘clean energy’ is a failure because it remains far too expensive to compete in the marketplace.
How Teachers Can Best Use Tech Frederick Hess and Tom Vander Ark 01/09/2014
Technology is creating a revolution that could profoundly improve our schools, but getting digital learning right is more about the planning than the purchase order.
 
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