Director of Research & Development (retired), for Deep Space Industries (an asteroid mining company, working to turn Science Fiction into Science Fact).
The World Wide Web! In the spring of 1995 I wrote "The
Web will be more important to your future than you can imagine. The Web is
the future of communications, of information, and of commerce!"
Hawaii, because I love the beautiful weather, the beautiful beaches,
the beautiful mountains, and the other beautiful scenery found there. And they
have active volcanoes to boot! Favorite island? Difficult. The Big Island of
Hawaii has those fascinating volcanoes, Kauai is the most beautiful (the Na Pali
coast is incredible), Oahu has the best beaches and that awesome north shore
surf in winter, and Maui has Haleakala and a fantastic black sand beach and
other attractions all its own. Ok, I guess that Maui is the best! Or maybe Oahu.
No, make that ....
The Technological Singularity,
because I believe that our creativity and technology can solve the myriad little
problems such as global warming, pollution, poverty and disease. But how can
technological innovation cure technological innovation? Besides, we may not
survive until global warming or overpopulation become serious problems. The
singularity may well occur in the first half of this century.
A Spacefaring Future for Humanity, because I believe that our future
must be in space; the surface of this lone planet is simply too fragile,
too resource-limited, and too vulnerable for us to place all of our eggs in this
basket. As Konstantin Tsiolkovsky best said,
"Earth is the cradle of Mankind, but one cannot stay in the