published by William J. Holstein on 26 November 2013 - 10:00am
In The Next American Economy, I wrote a chapter about Brewster McCracken and his efforts to create a smart energy grid in Austin, Texas, called the Pecan Street Project. I'm pleased that he's still hard at work and coming up with cutting-edge insights. Here's the latest:
Report: Impact of Electric Vehicle Charging on Electric Grid Operations Could Be More Benign than Feared
published by William J. Holstein on 18 November 2013 - 4:09pm
Many announcements by technology companies are just hype. Hence the term "vaporware."
But IBM's announcement that companies and presumably even individuals can now tap the computing power of their Watson program online is pretty amazing. Having written about Big Data and how it can be mined and massaged to create deep insights about complex problems, I agree that this is world-changing. Watson is the program that prevailed on the "Jeopardy" TV show and it has been improved since then. You don't have to buy a new IBM computer. You can, in effect, just rent Watson's mind.
published by William J. Holstein on 4 November 2013 - 2:33pm
Years go, we at Business Week discovered that Detroit was moving south, resulting in a cover story called Detroit South. Boy, did we get that one right. Major auto plants have sprung up in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi, just off the top of my head.
One of the companies that has made a major investment is Daimler, the owner of Mercedes Benz. The chief financial officer of Daimler, Bobo Uebber, was in New York recently and I was pleased to be invited to hear what he had to say.
published by William J. Holstein on 3 November 2013 - 9:54am
Most of my travels in the world have been in Asia, but the one country where I have spent the most time in Europe is Germany. I've been there many times on business trips and have taken two-week study tours and things like that. I believe that getting U.S.-German relations right is the single most important thing we need to do vis-a-vis Europe.
Which is why the two negative things that have happened recently are so alarming. First and foremost is the spying on Angela Merkel. The second is the U.S. Treasury's attack on German economic policies.
published by William J. Holstein on 24 October 2013 - 11:08am
I love flying the polar route to East Asia. On this flight to Japan, it was mostly cloudy but it cleared up over what I believe was Siberia and/or the Kamchatka Peninsula. There were endless white mountains and no signs of roads, villages or any form of human habitation. Completely desolate.