Silicon Valley is nothing short of an economic miracle. Over the years, it has become a veritable hotbed of innovation, the birthplace of exciting new technologies, and the home to numerous startups that have grown to become multibillion-dollar companies. Currently, the region boasts the highest concentration of high tech employees of any metropolitan area and the highest average salary for those workers. And there’s one other important thing about Silicon Valley -- it’s also a place where some say or sell one thing but do another. Let me explain.
Many of those multibillion-dollar businesses in Silicon Valley sell the latest in high tech products that help us to telecommute, collaborate on virtual teams, and stay connected to our families, friends, and co-workers no matter…Continue
As I browsed through my email today I saw a headline that read, “3D Food Printers Hit Home”. As I scrolled down the screen squinting to see the fine print on my newly purchased iPhone, I learned about how food was now being produced by machines. I wanted to know more. As I landed on the page the link connected to, I first noticed a picture of a GQ-esque looking robotics engineer named Hod Lipson from Cornell University’s Creative Machines Lab. I thought he looked yummy at least.
I must have really missed the memo on this guy. I did a bit more research and found that he is among the engineering glitterati - speaking at TED events, cited by the NYT, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and so on. He has written over 200 technical articles, a book, etc., and, according to his profile page at Cornell, he will be moving to Columbia in 2015…quite an impressive guy to have as my…Continue
I can hardly believe it has been 10 years, almost to the day, since Virtual Distance International was born. I remember the moment the concept came to life. It was during the late summer in August of 2004. Earlier that month, on the day of the widespread northeast blackout, I…Continue