Event Horizon: Towards Singularity
This month a group of astronomers announced they had captured the first image of a black hole, some 55 million light years from earth.[i] A novel use of high-performance computing enabled this imaging and seems to hold promise for future commercial applications.
Moreover, there is a great deal of discussion and hope that astronauts will return to the Moon and even as sustained human presence on Mars. Space Race 2.0!
When the USSR Sputnik satellite was launched on October 4, 1957 it sparked a technological revolution that continues to this day across a wide number of disciplines. According to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology there are 20 common household items that are a direct result of space travel.[ii]
|Camera Phones||Scratch-Resistant Lenses||CAT Scans||LEDs|
|Landmine Removal||Athletic Shoes||Foil Blankets||Water Purification Systems|
|Dust Busters||Ear Thermometers||
|The Jaws of Life|
|Wireless Headsets||Memory Foam||Frees Dried Food||Adjustable Smoke Detector|
|Baby Formula||Artificial Limbs||Computer Mouse||Portable Computer|
Additionally, NASA has a robust Intellectual Property Licensing program. This includes some at no cost as well.
Scientists define an Event Horizon as the boundary defined in a region of space surrounding a black hole from which nothing, including light can escape. This effectively hides the Singularity (infinite property) at the center of a black hole. Thus, it is not possible to observe the collapse of the laws of physics at that point.[iii]
The current (funded) fascination with Deep Space and Interplanetary Travel will most likely fuel a technological explosion that will dwarf the last 70+ years beginning with the German V-2 rocket. These are exciting times for technologists.
They are even more exciting for those tasked with developing and marketing new goods and services.
How Will Your Organization Prepare for the Coming Technology Wave?
Agility, Resiliency, Sustainability
Critical Mass: Value from the RBC Framework
Nuclear physicists define the term, “critical mass” as the amount of fissile material whereby a nuclear reaction is self-sustaining. From that original definition, the construct is further developed along societal and political terms as a function of the environment and number of adopters and their interdependencies that create enough of a consensus for individual actions that sustains an undertaking.
In 1996, the author published the first of several case studies on a societal interaction model based on the Relationships, Behavior and Conditions (RBC) construct among economic actors. Previously the model was only in the domain of academia.
This blog addresses contemporary issues from the RBC perspective and whether in the present state they are sustainable or not. Many readers may be familiar with the “Innovation Adoption Curve.” RBC seeks to enlighten the causality of behaviors that cause movement towards the critical mass that generates movement along this diffusion curve.
- The Tyranny of the Blank Sheet of Paper July 28, 2020
- Home for a While? July 24, 2020
- Technology Assessment in the Era of Minimum Viable Product (MVP) June 30, 2020
- Next or Back to the Future? June 16, 2020
- Agility, Resiliency, Sustainability May 14, 2020
Other Blogs by Dr. Shemwell
Dr. Shemwell is an author/contributor for the following 3rd party blogs.
So, You Want to be an Entrepreneur
Dr. Shemwell is a member of the Global Energy Mentors (GEM) Leadership Team. Every month he or one of his colleagues is posting timely tips to help entrepreneurs navigate the energy start up sector. Check out the Landing Page.
Governing Energy Blog
BTOES Insights is the content portal for Business Transformation & Operational Excellence opinions, reports & news. Dr. Shemwell is a contributor.
Consult 2050 connects organizations with a wide range of consultants all around the world. The firm operates an online marketplace for consultancy services.
Essays on Business and Information
This two volume set covers a series of newsletters and opinion pieces published circa 2002-2009, including Bug Lore–Lessons for the Online Economy that addressed real time systems vulnerabilities from Y2K (1998-99).
About the Author
Dr. Scott M. Shemwell has over 30 years technical and executive management experience primarily in the energy sector. He is the author of six books and has written extensively about the field of operations. Shemwell is the Managing Director of The Rapid Response Institute, a firm that focuses on providing its customers with solutions enabling Operational Excellence and regulatory compliance management. He has studied cultural interactions for more than 30 years—his dissertation; Cross Cultural Negotiations Between Japanese and American Businessmen: A Systems Analysis (Exploratory Study) is an early peer reviewed manuscript addressing the systemic structure of societal relationships.