Thoughts about the Future
From Freeways to Futureways
Monday, August 10, 2009
Please bear with me while I provide a little personal context for this blog as I try to make a case for introducing a massive infusion of internet technology into highway management. From my standpoint technology is simply a fancy name for tools, tools that make work easier. As a kid, I like to
Digital Newspapers
Thursday, July 30, 2009
For several years I had not really depended on the Los Angeles Times for my news, even though I continued to pick it up from the front walk every day just as everyone in my family has done ever since 1908. But by 2008 I was only glancing at the headlines, scanning the comics, and working some of
A New Homestead Act
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Regarding Niall Ferguson's 2/6/09 Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times, "Keynes can't help us now," I think his idea about lowering homeowners' interest rates to make it possible for families to stay in their houses is a good one. However, in addition to just lowering interest rates I think we should
Personal Health Records
Friday, January 16, 2009
Everybody knows what medical records are; they’re the fist-full of papers that doctors riffle through several times in the few minutes they spend with you. Now it looks like the medical industry is going to get billions of dollars to automate them. If the project goes according to plan, doctors
The Communicom
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I am at a grocery store. The store has provided a wireless guide that is compatible with my "communicom" (a future version of an iPhone). By viewing it I can locate any item I want to buy. When I pick items from the shelves, several of them issue warning alarms because my "communicom" finds
Getting Healthy by Getting Scanned
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
The Healthy Body
Health Scan Services
Family Health Scan Services
Above are some trial names for a potential health service that, thanks to the Internet, could make it possible for families to keep track of the ongoing physical conditions of their family members through multiple, non-invasive
Real Education is Needed
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
At the breakfast table, the children and their care givers (parents, relatives, siblings, etc.) review their calendars to reconcile any logistical problems and to assist in seeing that they all have the clothing, equipment and supplies needed for the day's activities they have scheduled.
As the
Coming of Age in the New Age
Sunday, December 21, 2008
The big event for the twins, Sally & Tom, came on their 16th birthday, June 17, 2017. Everyone had been invited for months -- the aunts, uncles, cousins, and of course, the grandparents and the family friends. More important than any other family event, except births, weddings and funerals, the
The Time Traveller
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
To get to the Web in the old days one had to be at home or someplace with wireless connections, like a hotel, or a Starbucks. Back then, near the turn of the millennium, when wireless connections were new, we could not use them to experience virtual reality like we can today. In fact, I remember
Trash Removal in 2020
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I must say I was appalled by my trash-removal bill this month. I had expected to pay a little more because I had put out several extra green bags, but fifty percent more! It didn't help when I brought up the detailed bill on my payment screen. I remember now of seeing a couple of warning
 "The Special" Cafe
Friday, February 22, 2008
During the Great Depression we didn't go out to eat much and neither did anyone else. However, gas was cheap and we did take outings that sometime included a stop in a restaurant, especially when we took along my grandmother, who was generous with the little cash she had. On one such occasion we
Good Enough for Vets?
Friday, February 15, 2008
My grandfather was a soldier in the army during the Spanish-American War. I didn't get to see him but once after he went to the Veteran's Hospital in Sawtelle in 1936. He had been suffering from tuberculosis for many years as had many of his comrades-in-arms from the same little town in Kansas. He
"Prediction is very difficult, especially About the future."
--Niels Bohr
Enthusiast: Robert Freeman
Hometown: South Pasadena, California
Service: U.S.Army Medic 1946 - 1948, S/Sgt.
Education: John Muir College, Pasadena; University of California at Los Angeles; University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii; Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts