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FEBRUARY 04/2014 UPDATES. By Mr. Andres Agostini at
Lockheed Uses Robot Arm To Build F-35s

Lockheed Uses Robot Arm To Build F-35s

New Method of Creating Stem Cells is a “Game Changer”

The Future of Skunkworks Management to Impossible Business Enterprises

Was There A Beginning Of Time And Will There Be An End Of Time?

Stem Cell Powder Regrows Finger

Bill Gates: We need global ‘energy miracles’

Forecast: America to be hit by temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees

Top 10 cities people are moving to

The Super Rich are mad as hell — and doing great

Was There A Beginning Of Time And Will There Be An End Of Time?

Quantum Vibrations Evidence For Theory Of Consciousness?

Facebook Steps Onto Twitter’s TV Data Turf

Big Data Debates: Machines Vs. Humans

Brain-Machine Interfaces Threaten Privacy of Thought

Researchers find early developmental signal hidden amid ‘noncoding’ RNA

‘On’ switches for cells

Eye Movement Can Reveal Much about Your Personality and Behavior

Eye Movement Can Reveal Much about Your Personality and Behavior

Storage system dramatically speeds access to ‘big data’

Training your brain using MEG neurofeedback

‘Rogue’ asteroids may be the norm

Quantum engineers make a major step towards a scalable quantum computer

Quantum espionage

Faces Of The Future? Artist Nickolay Lamm’s Illustrations Show Freaky Facial Features (PHOTOS)

Quantum encryption for wiretap-proof communication a step closer

The Fastest-Growing Jobs of This Decade (and the Robots That Will Steal Them)

IBM’s Next Big Thing: Psychic Twitter Bots

Robots Are Coming for Our Poems

Researchers Identify Major Obstacle to Converting Cells Back to Their Youthful State

Researchers Identify Major Obstacle to Converting Cells Back to Their Youthful State

SUGGESTED BOOK: Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
ISBN-13: 978–1451614213

QUOTATION: “…Again, yesterday holds tomorrow hostage .… Memory is past. It is finite. Vision is future. It is infinite. Vision is greater than history…”

SUGGESTED BOOK: Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler. ISBN-13: 978–1451614213

Mr. Andres Agostini

The Future Observatory

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FEBRUARY 03/2014 UPDATES. By Mr.Andres Agostini at
Maps showing which parts of the world would be flooded if all the world’s ice melted

3-D printing takes shape

40 more maps that explain the world

The Future of Space-Age Management

Race Is On to Find Life Under Antarctic Ice

Google sets up artificial intelligence ethics board to curb the rise of the robots


40 charts that explain the world

Assignment Remix: Intern-preneurs and Building Bold Thinking

The 3rd Citizen Cyberscience Summit: Feb 20 — 22, 2014


Waypoint 2 Space Trains Passengers For Commercial Launches

Megacity Tips from Europe’s Highest Town as Davos Debates Future

Student-built satellite sends data from space

How the Dream Chaser was built

How Is Business Intelligence Being Used Differently in Asia?

Stumbling Blocks That Faceplant Security Analytics Programs

Bio-printing human parts will spark ethical, regulatory debate

Bioprinting human organs and tissue: Get ready for the great 3D printer debate

China Emerges Tanzania’s Major Investor

How We Increased Productivity on the Shop Floor

Eve Online virtual war ‘costs $300,000′ in damage

Millions experiencing Arctic chill, new snow

Google Still Wins by Selling Motorola for Cheap

There’s a giant robot directing traffic in Congo

The Link Between Viral Content And Emotional Intelligence

Scientists Create Map of Solar System’s Asteroids

Hackers, spies, threats and the US spies’ budget

Sparking innovation

Sparking innovation

NASA Instruments on European Comet Spacecraft Begin Countdown

Media Relations: Why The Economist Thinks We Have It Wrong

How Your Internal Organs Could Power Implanted Devices

7 Takeaways From Google’s Sale Of Motorola To Lenovo

Mad for mapping: 6 projects that change the way you see data. What lessons can geography teach your business?

Trendspotting: 6 mapping trends that are good for business

Google’s New A.I. Ethics Board Might Save Humanity From Extinction

Russian Coders, Ukrainian Cybercriminal, Mexican Smugglers, And The Largest Cybercrime In History

African banks investigated for cybercrime complicity

Will the Next Industrial Revolution Be Bigger than the First? Will Geospatial Technology be Part of It?

New Patent Mapping System Helps Find Innovation Pathways

America’s Most Promising Companies: The Top 25 Of 2014

Solving the Mobile Device Dilemma: InZero Systems offers 2-Tablets-in-1

What We Talk About When We Talk About Economies Of Scale In Tech

What We Talk About When We Talk About Economies Of Scale In Tech

Emerging markets: Locus of extremity | The Economist

Climate change research is globally skewed

Towards the circular economy: Accelerating the scale-up across global supply chains

Towards the circular economy

QUOTATION: “…Our world tomorrow will be utterly different, in ways we cannot even conceive…”

RECOMMENDED BOOK: Why Most Things Fail: Evolution, Extinction and Economics by Paul Ormerod
ISBN-13: 978–0470089194


Mr. Andres Agostini

The Future Observatory

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FEBRUARY 02/2014UPDATES. By Mr.Andres Agostini at
Mass unemployment fears over Google artificial intelligence plans

Should We Re-Engineer Ourselves?

A New Physics Theory of Life

Dr. Rachel Armstrong — Earth’s Bright Future

The 5 Innovations That Will Change Everything, According to Elon Musk

Google … Might Save Humanity From Extinction

Google … Might Save Humanity From Extinction

The Future of Aerospace Management

The Coming Artilect War

The Smartest Supermarket You Never Heard Of

David Eagleman: Welcome to Your Future Brain

U.S. Government: Prioritize Technological Development to Increase Healthy Human Lifespans

The Most Significant Futurists of the Past 50 Years

Future News : Pfizer heads to Cicero to test new life extension drug

The Singularity and Mutational Load

The Singularity and Mutational Load

Max More — The Singularity and Transhumanism

Behavior Oriented Trading Robot

Google is About to Create an Army of Robots

IBM builds graphene chip that’s 10,000 times faster, using standard CMOS processes

3-D scanning with your smartphone

From Disembodied Bytes To Robots That Think & Act Like Humans

Video Friday: DeepMind’s Shane Legg on Machine Superintelligence

Video Friday: DeepMind’s Shane Legg on Machine Superintelligence

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Actually, I Don’t Want To Live Forever — Here’s Why

Prosthetics: Meet the man with 13 legs

Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: A Cosmic Vision for Our Future Evolution

3D Printers Could be Banned by 2016 for Bioprinting Human Organs

Stem cell timeline: The history of a medical sensation

A Change in the Legal Climate

NASA | Six Decades of a Warming Earth

The Future Will Belong to Those Who Can See It
The Future Will Belong to Those Who Can See It

Transhumanism and Mind Uploading Are Not the Same

Transhumanism and Mind Uploading Are Not the Same

Ray Kurzweil at Singularity University with the class of 2013

This Is What a Computer Sees When It Watches The Matrix

The journey to predict the future: Kira Radinsky at TEDxHiriya

Air Force’s mysterious X-37B space plane passes 400 days in orbit

Getting Ready for Asteroids

Plan Asserts Global Transition to Renewable Energy is Achievable by Mid-Century

Senior U.S. spies warn of future security threats

The Human Memome Project

Vitamin D could slow MS progression

Vitamin D could slow MS progression

The Disruptive Nature of the Sharing Economy: Finding the Next Great Opportunities

QUOTATION: “…Digital code is what drives rapid speed growth today. It allows mergers like AOL Time Warner … It drives the Internet, TV, music, finance, IT, news coverage, research, manufacturing. A few countries and companies understood the change. That is how poor countries like Finland, Singapore, and Taiwan got so wealthy … So quickly … But a lot of folks just did not learn to read and write a new language … And even though they produced more and more goods, particularly commodities … And even though they restructured companies and governments … Cut budgets, raised taxes, built large factories and buildings … They got a lot poorer. (In 1938 the richest country per person in Asia was … the Philippines. In 1954, according to the World Bank, the most promising Asian economy was … Burma. Both remain commodity economies … Both are sidelined from the digital revolution … And you probably would not like to live in either country). Your world changed when you went ‘On Line.’ One day you used a fax or e-mail … And it soon became hard to conceive of living with only snail mail. If you understood this change early … And invested or worked in some of the companies driving the digital revolution … You are probably quite well off … (as a country and/or as an individual). If you came late, as a speculator, without understanding what a digital language does, or does not do … You probably lost a lot of money during the year 2000. Your world … and your language … are about to change again. The two nucleotide base pairs that code all life …A-T, C-G … Have already led some of the world’s largest companies … Monsanto … DuPont … Novartis … IBM … Hoechst … Compaq … GlaxoSmithKline … To declare that their future lies in life science. They have abandoned, sold, spun off core business divisions … And launched themselves into selling completely new products … Which is why so many chemical, seed, cosmetic, food, pharmaceutical companies … Are partnering, Merging, Growing. Some life-science companies will crash spectacularly … Others will get larger than Microsoft and Cisco … (Companies that are already larger than the economies of most of the world’s countries.). The world’s mega-mergers are going to be driven by digital and genetic code. Consider what is about to happen to medicine. You currently spend about nine times as much for doctors and medical interventions … As you do on medicines and prevention. In the measure that we understand how viruses, bacteria, and our bodies are programmed … And how they can be reprogrammed … Treatment will shift from emergency interventions … Toward deliberate and personalized prevention … (Just as dentistry did.). And we may end up spending just as much on pharmaceuticals as we do on doctors. These medicines do not have to be pills or injections … They could be a part of the food you eat every day, your soap or cosmetics … Perhaps you will inhale them or simply put various patches on your skin. (This is why Procter & Gamble is thinking of merging with a pharmaceutical company, why L’Oreal is hiring molecular biologists, and why Campbell’s is selling soups designed for hospital patients with specific diseases.)…”

RECOMMENDED BOOK: Revolutionary Wealth: How it will be created and how it will change our lives by Alvin Toffler and Heidi Toffler
ISBN-13: 978–0385522076


Mr. Andres Agostini

The Future of Spage-Age Management, Today! by Mr. Andres Agostini at
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This is an excerpt from the conclusion section o, “…The Future of Spage-Age Management, Today!..,” that discusses some management strategies. To read the entire piece, just click the link at the end of article:


Mr. David Shaw’s question, “…Andres, from your work on the future which management skills need to be developed? Classically the management role is about planning, organizing, leading and controlling. With the changes coming in the future what’s your view on how this management mix needs to change and adapt?…” This question was posited on an Internet Forum, formulated by Mr. David Shaw (Peterborough, United Kingdom) at on October 09, 2013.

This P.O.V. addresses practical and structural solutions, not onerous quick fixes. THIS P.O.V. WILL BE COMMUNICATED UNAMBIGUOUSLY AND EMPHATICALLY.

For instance, Stuart A. Copans asserted, “…Study the past if you would divine the future…” And Edmund Burke pointed out, “…You can never plan the future by the past…”
To set the stage properly, I will start with an enlightening quote by Albert Einstein.

“…The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them…”

Or, it could be better noted:

“…The significant problems we face [today] cannot be solved [in the future] at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them [in the past]…”

One other thing that must now be considered is a primordial axiom that is instrumental and widely considered here. That is, “…everything is related to everything else…”

Working with the second largest oil group in the world (PDVSA, with 54,000 active employees. PDVSA is Citgo’s parent company), that group wanted me to only institute beyond-insurance risk management.
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You see, when they were to incur in a loss (potential disruption), it did not suffice to them to have the indemnity payment from the insurance and reinsurance pool.

On January 1982 I officially started serious thinking about “…beyond-insurance risk management…” And since then all the way throughout this date. Conversely, insurance-based risk management is the old guard while beyond-insurance risk management is the vanguard.

Many experts and even scientists and futurists speak about empirical management with the sole perspective of unimplemented theoretical notions (that is, with too many unanswered questions and unlearned lessons). BUT THE MATTER IS, HAVE THEY REALLY EXERCISED THE ACTUAL RESPONSIBILITY OF DIRECTLY MANAGING A LARGE, GLOBAL ENTERPRISE SUCCESSFULLY? WHAT EXACTLY IS THE APPLIED EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD THAT THEY POSSES?

QUESTION: What PRECISELY have said scientists and futurists directly manage in the practical theater of operations? How, in the world, can they speak with grounds about practical management solutions? What are the accurate details of their proven track record? Really?

QUESTION: In all truth, What are their applied methodologies?

Let’s see an example of a large misconception now.

A West-Coast Futurist states that organizations and people must have “…the capacity to adapt and learn now how to prepare for risks…” According to him, How exactly does one institute his futuristic “…risk management…”? Then, he suggests that a) Risk Monitoring, b) Risk Analysis, c) Risk Sensing and d) Risk Management are a function of Strategic Risk Forecasting. Indeed!
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My long professional and practical experience in the fields of applied management, corporate planning and risk management consultation, strategy and associated services with major organizations and corporations extends to more than thirty years.

I have instituted all-encompassing beyond-insurance risk management (TAIRM) to more than a dozen of global institutions of unparallelled reputation hereunder.

That is, I have over thirty year of proven, practical “…beyond-insurance risk management…” experience.

Many of these institutions, including the WorldBank, have issued either written evidence or letter of references of the services provided.

Whenever I speak hereby about how I practice “…risk management…”, I will only be referring to scientifically-driven beyond-insurance risk management and never ever be referring to financially-driven risk management.
“…Management of Risk and Insurance…” does not ever equate to beyond-insurance risk management.

It is now important to assert that “…COSO Risk Management…” and “…Enterprise Risk Management…” are never beyond-insurance risk management.

“…Management of Captive Insurance Companies…” does not ever equate to beyond-insurance risk management.

“…‘Risk Management’ (so-called) by Insurance and Reinsurance Brokers…” does not ever equate to beyond-insurance risk management.

Under the financial focus, institutional and corporate firms “…transfer risks…” (so called) to insurance and reinsurance companies (suboptimal or ineffectual choice).

Under the TAIRM focus, institutional and corporate firms manage risks optimally through the systems approach with the applied omniscience perspective (optimal decision).

The word “…system…” is here used in its ample meaning and does not hereby refer to computer systems.

Receiving indemnity payments was observed as insidious mediocrity by this petroleum group. After all, one must realize that they are not a primarily financial system “player” but an institutional incumbent mostly exercising ownership and profit of fixed assets (organically). Obviously, the financial aspects and those of their liquid assets were also important to them.

The high-raking executives of most of these global institutions know that insurance and reinsurance companies have rampant financial ambitions as if they were investment banks.

And, as a consequence, many of them displace (divert) the legally-stipulated “premium reserves” (financial provisions to indemnify the losses to insureds and reinsureds) in order to seize additional and unlawful gains out of said reserves.

These insurance and reinsurance companies do the prior by financially reengineering the allocated portions of the premiums designated to pay for covered losses.

As many insurance and reinsurance companies doctor and manipulate the sacred premium reserves, they make extraordinary and illegitimate earnings while loosing great solvency and their ultimate ability to indemnify duly covered losses.

Most insurance and reinsurance companies view themselves as enjoying blood-related “family relationships” with banks, stock market firms and many other private “players” within the financial system.
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Global corporations do not want their corporate insurance policies to be subjected to outright malfeasance and other ups and downs (whether systemic or not) by any “agent” of the financial system, chiefly the insurance and reinsurance companies.

Consequently, management by insurance and reinsurance companies is never beyond-insurance risk management.

Thus, it was insidious mediocrity because this petroleum group’s executives strongly believed that these risks can be stopped before morphing into losses (disruption potentials) if a previous appropriate work was previously designed and in place.

As many governmental agencies and other prominent global corporations, PDVSA did not want a “…financial system…”-driven risk management option. All of these institutions wanted a central and on-site solution through systems approach with the applied omniscience perspective.

Yes, by law and in general, you still need “worker’s compensation,” “directors and officers,” “kidnap and ransom,” “legal expenses,” “product liability” and “life insurance.”

BUT IN ORGANIZATIONAL AND BUSINESS SETTINGS, “…Transformative and Integrative Risk Management…” (explained below) turns corporate and institutional insurance irrelevant and worthless. The great majority of corporate and institutional risks ─ through TAIRM ─ can be optimally managed without insurance and reinsurance. In the process, you are additionally making a huge saving by not paying exaggerated commissions and bonuses to insurance and reinsurance brokers. “Brokers” (“…sales reps…”) of what? Indeed!

We are all professionally and managerially concerned about legalistic and litigious: regulations, frameworks, zeitgeists and Weltanschauungs. But these are not the only perils requiring holistic countermeassuring.

And issues presented by violation of Governance, Compliance and Controls also required a much more holistic countermeassuring.

By way of illustration, only managing issues concerning Governance, Compliance, Controls and Intellectual Property is never ever “…beyond-insurance risk management…”

Nearly all lawyers and economists see “…risk management and insurance…” as a financial and legal approach.

Just about all accountants see “…risk management and insurance…” as a comptroller’s methodology.

The majority of actuaries see “…risk management and insurance…” as a statistical methodology.

Most auditors see “…risk management and insurance…” as a governance and compliance and intellectual property methodology.

To the highest degree, economists and financiers see “…risk management and insurance…” as a financial-transaction methodology.

The great majority of corporate planners see “…risk management and insurance…” as a strategy approach.

Nearly all human resources managers see “…risk management and insurance…” as a psychological approach.

CIOs, CISOs and CTOs, I.T. managers and I.T. risk managers see “…risk management and insurance…” as a computational methodology.

Almost all lawyers, economists, financiers, accountants, business administrators, auditors, corporate planners, actuaries, human resources managers, CIOs, CISOs, CTOs, I.T. managers and I.T. risk managers are not sufficiently right because their focus and pursuit fail to consider the physicist’ and engineer’s all-rounded criteria.
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Supplementary, Andres likewise indicates, “…Transformative and Integrative Risk Management (TAIRM) is also implemented in order to prevent technological surprises to the savvy organization seeking this advice and service by TAIRM, but also to create disruptively technological surprises (managerial ‘…Sputnik Moments…’) for the enterprise’s competitors…”

This notion is better understood when the axiom “… strategy is a function of a grander beyond-insurance risk management program and not the other way around…” is fully accepted and practiced.

In one line, Transformative and Integrative Risk Management (TAIRM) is absolutely “Skunkworks,” “Space Age,” “Wargaming” and Technocratic Management. Hence, non-status quo management. While others insist on “…thinking outside the box…” (inconsequential), TAIRM focuses on strong-sense and critico-creative thinking!

To illustrate this function and responsibility better, I.P. takes care of the tangible and intangible integrity of the operating building and corresponding premises and other assets, including the personnel. If one employee is selling secrets of trade or consuming illegal substances, I.P. is watching and acting upon.

I.P. does corporate counterintelligence and operates on it. I.P. incumbents are, for example, also responsible to designing, developing and instituting corporate plans pertaining to emergency preparedness, emergency response, disaster recovery, business restoration (partial function), business continuity (partial function) and business sustainability (partial function) to give you a brief idea.

I.P. also supervises and controls road and air ambulances and other medical and non-medical evacuation systems. I.P. is also responsible for preventive exercises and drills to massive evacuations in case of earthquakes, floods, fires and riots, among other perils.

Transformative and Integrative Risk Management fully contemplates, tackles, advises and operates on instrumental enhancement of the corporate provisions by Integral Protection organizations (sometimes called “departments” and others “divisions”). Have you ever seen an insurance or reinsurance company with these major duties before an organizational client?

And only and partly because of that, insurance and reinsurance companies are, by far, outside of the realm of beyond-insurance risk management and TAIRM.

TAIRM, too, has vast managerial applications for law enforcement and counter-terrorism “activities.” However, the majority of incumbents of public office are in the backyard playing political “games” and don’t possess neither a legitimate interest, nor an appropriate comprehension of techniques and methodologies, conducive to more stable “…national security…” doctrines and policies in actuality.

Many incumbents of public office don’t even have a designated budget to act upon.

Additionally and by way of example, Asian presidents are techies and fluidly communicate on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math issues (that is, STEM careers).

In the mean time, the counterparts in the West are chiefly held hostage to law, sociology and economics, with an overwhelming powerless feeling in technologically advanced conversations. All of this about the heads of state here have been publicly substantiated by Bill Gates.


In today’s technologically-driven world, strategic trend evaluation cannot be done using only algorithms.

I do take into account both. I also practice “Analytics” and “Diagnostics” and have nascently become interested on what Cambridge University’ and Royal Society’s Sir Martin Rees, PhD. calls the “…Science of Complexity…”

Once again, TAIRM is vastly more into qualitative analyzes than quantitative analyzes.

You see, every problem has an underlying mechanism. Once you deeply comprehend how it operates, you can influence (via throughput) on the final outcomes (from known inputs to desired outputs) to your continuous advantage.

It can be logically argued that the term “…throughput…” has a Latin language equivalent by the term modus operandi. To this end, GE’s chairman and CEO Jack Welch, PhD. also mentioned, “…To get to the guts of why things happen…”

I have done extensive research globally throughout many places, institutions and years, from the U.S. marketplace, Lloyd’s of London, Swiss RE, Tokyo Marine Group, and way further beyond to make a lengthy story brief.

I have also become directly knowledgeable (not “bookish,” but factual, empirical and as per the educated battlefield practicalities) of beyond-insurance risk management practices by many large, industrial enterprises and agencies such as NASA.

The NASA Projects Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo and the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (Minuteman ICBM) initiative, comprehending that he or she or it cannot take those to the local insurance and reinsurance underwriter, yet these enterprises (management) initiatives have been successfully instituted.
To further illustrate the above, the Military-Industrial Complex and companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin, along with NASA ─ through their own methods ─ were pursuing their projects and programs without resorting to insurance and reinsurance companies at all.

I became knowledgeable with an in-all-truth polymath and an outright “Rocket Scientist,” a physicist, a systems engineer and a doctor in science, who was directly responsible for the reliability concerning: the NASA Projects Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. At NASA he was Dr. Wernher von Braun’s right hand! I treasure all of his e-mails, letters and other materials.
To the utmost enhancement of my fortune, I have, for many years now, worked with the most daring, capricious and enlightened clients (minds) that one can imagine ever.

They all were seeking managerial and industrial “miracles” only (sic). WHILE GIVING THEM THEIR OUTRIGHT MIRACLES, I HAVE EXPERIENCED DRAMATIC OVER-LEARNING EXPERIENCES.

I once met a Scottish executive who told me that beyond-insurance risk management methodology by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Royal Dutch/Shell Group was “…esoteric…” I still treasure his e-mail.

This so-called “esoteric” beyond-insurance risk management approach by DARPA, NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Shell and a multitude of global corporations has been first instituted since the end of the 1950s. It is been in increasing utilization and betterment for about fifty-four years to this date.

What these institutions have successfully performed, transforming global civilizations and progress for Life, is un-apologetically and extremely uncomfortable for traditionalists whose ethos, cosmovisions and belief systems are fixed on the fossilized past and bonded to a myriad of obsolete assumptions, outdated notions and utter fallacies. The number of ignoramuses of supine ignorance is a breathtaking existential risk for humankind to deal with.

To further underpin this statement, I will share Peter Drucker’s quote, “…The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic…” And also that of Dr. Stephen Covey, “…Again, yesterday holds tomorrow hostage .… Memory is past. It is finite. Vision is future. It is infinite. Vision is greater than history…” And that of Sir Francis Bacon, “… He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils, for time is the greatest innovator …”

And that of London Business School Professor Gary Hamel, PhD., “…You cannot get to a new place with an old map…” And that of Alvin Toffler, “.….The future always comes too fast and in the wrong order…”

And that of Brad Leithauser, “…It reminds us that, in our accelerating, headlong era, the future presses so close upon us that those who ignore it inhabit not the present but the past …”

And that of Robert Kennedy, “…The future is not a privilege but a perpetual conquest…”

And that of Thomas Friedman, “…People are always [and wrongfully] assuming that everything that is going to be invented must have been invented already. But it hasn’t…” THIS QUOTATION IS HUGELY IGNORED.


Dee Hock, CEO Emeritus of Visa International, stated: “…The problem is never how to get new innovative thoughts into your mind, BUT HOW TO GET OLD ONES OUT …”

As you know, Japanese corporations and institutions are into intensive Kaisen and Toyota Production System (TPS). Regarding advanced quality assurance and continuous improvement, these approaches have been demonstrated indispensable. But their practitioners are always attempting to manage risks through said approaches without any success.

TPS is also known as “…Thinking People System…”

Toyota’s CFO and the Production Director have their jaws dropped ─ while being observed by their own Chairman and CEO ─ when I carefully demonstrated to them the flaws of Kaisen and TPS in managing risks compared to the ample breadth and depth of scope by the “..Transformative and Integrative Risk Management…” (TAIRM).

Although they were in a major technical bewilderment, they hired me (as Mitsubishi Motors did before) to institute the advanced risk management of a self-funded and self-administered health-care benefit program for some seven-hundred Toyota employees and their respective eligible dependents. Both cases were turnkey undertakings.

TNT Express’ engagement was the implementation of advanced risk management of a self-funded and self-administered health-care benefit program for some five-hundred TNT Express employees and their respective eligible dependents. It was a turnkey undertaking.

Regarding a regional state, I implemented beyond-insurance risk management of a self-funded and self-administered and universal health-care benefit program for some 700,000 citizens (beneficiaries).

TAIRM has been extensively instituted ─ regarding numerous industrial and operational risks ─ in many petroleum joint ventures by corporations such as Shell, Statoil, Exxon, Mobil, BP, Conoco, ENI and Chevron, among others.

Global corporations are greatly into beyond-insurance risk management.

TAIRM seriously considers and utilizes, among many other systems, every Western and Eastern quality assurance methodologies (both from civilian and military spheres).
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Subsequently, I expanded, revised and enhanced greatly this practice, after twenty-one years of applied experience, and carefully designed, developed and created my own proprietary methodology and professional, trade secret, “…Transformative and Integrative Risk Management…” (TAIRM) back in 2005 (continually updated and upgraded to date).



j) “…The world has profoundly changed … The challenges and complexity we face in our personal lives and relationships, in our families, in our professional lives, and in our organizations are of a different order of magnitude. In fact, many mark 1989 ─ the year we witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall ─ as the beginning of the Information Age, the birth of a new reality, a sea change of incredible significance ─ truly a new era ─ Being effective as individuals and organizations is no longer merely an option ─ survival in today’s world requires it. But in order to thrive, innovate, excel, and lead in what Covey calls the new Knowledge Worker Age, we must build on and move beyond effectiveness [long-held assumptions, fallacies and flawed beliefs and faulty conventions]…Accessing the higher levels of human genius and motivation in today’s new reality REQUIRES A SEA CHANGE IN THINKING: a new mind-sets, a new skill-set, a new tool-set ─ in short, a whole new habit…”


[*] All citations and quotations are from the Futuretronium Book.


To the end above, Prof. Gary Hamel, Ph.D. argued, “…Denial is tragic. Delay is deadly …” And Albert Einstein determined, “…It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity … We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.…”

And Dr. Aubrey de Grey, PhD. establishes, “…To solve a very complicated problem, you generally need a fairly complicated solution [in advance]…”

Churchill observed that we must get prepared when we cannot predict. Hence, we need to discern the dynamic (driving) forces reshaping the present and future and their impacts on our industries and organizations and professions TODAY.

This we, all managers, must do daily without a fail (and increasingly so).
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The “…increasingly so…” MUST be nonlinear and supremely exponential. According to mathematics, nonlinear entails, “…not in a straight line…” (that is, that “grows” geometrically or exponentially).

Stated simply, nonlinear growth equates to most unevenly explosive growth.

“…Here and Now…” is, put simply, the endless entry point into the future.

As a result, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus commented, “…Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present …”

And as a consequence, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche indicated, “…It’s our future that lays down the law of our today…” NIETZSCHE IS HEREWITH SUGGESTING THAT THE PRESENT IS A FUNCTION OF THE FUTURE.

Whatever is happening in the West, China is, at the moment and by way of example, drastically booming.

As an important point to note, the Futurist Gerald Celente advises, “…If you don’t attack the future [today], the future will attack you…” And John Galsworthy said, “…If you don’t think about the future, you cannot have one.…”
Now, we must concentrate, as a laser-beam pointing precision, on the upsides by the Technological Singularity as well as the downsides by the Disruptional Singularity.

To have a quick and ready look into the future today, one can also ─ free of any obligations ─ join the Forum “…Becoming Aware of the Futures…” at

Or one can also ─ free of any obligations ─ join the Forum “…Future Awareness…” at

Or one can also ─ free of any obligations ─ join the Forum “…The Disruptional Singularity…” at

As a manager to me so-called “…insurance…” is not “risk protection” but a financial device that just PARTLY indemnifies you from SOME losses and ONLY SOMETIMES.


In my case, a loss (disruption potential) is the un-managed and uncontrolled unleashing of pent-up energy. Once pent-up energy is unleashed, it can create (upside risks) or destruct (downside risks).

To cope with the future is to cope with changed changes (upside risks and downside risks) today. And the entirety of the planet is inundated with massive, increasing changed changes.

All incumbents and practitioners must perceive that management is turning itself into a highly scientific field and practice without a fail. Believe it or not, management is literally going into applied “…Rocket Science…”

By way of example, the expression “…Keep It Simple, Stupid…” has been radically replaced by “…Keep It Scientific, Savant…”

And notions as those of Thomas Paine’s “…common sense…” are now absurd and rendered ineffectual and counterproductive by representatives of institutions such as DARPA, NASA, MIT and Stanford University.

Common sense is radically replaced by SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE.

So called “…out of the box…” thinking is impious and outrageous mediocrity by the 21st-century standards and practices.

“…Out of the box…” thinking will bankrupt you easily.
And the “…power of simplicity…,” unless is applied by a consummated polymath, is a chat about rubbish.

Managing is an art, practice, technology and science.

Change is going abusively “…auto…” and “…techno…” and “…in vivo…” and “…infotech…” and “…cyborg…” and “…digital…” and “… neuro…” and “…bio…” and “…transbio…” and “…nano…” and “…nanotech…” I am not afraid to proclaim.




Vast hazards by the Disruptional and Technological Singularities are the combined downsides by and to the globalization.

New science and its intrinsic risks are further discussed herewith. Please see the following accordingly:

Sir Martin Rees, Ph.D. noticed, “…Science is emphatically not, as some have claimed, approaching its end; it is surging ahead at an accelerating rate. We are still flummoxed about the bedrock nature of physical reality, and the complexities of life, the brain, and the cosmos. New discoveries, illuminating all these mysteries, will engender benign applications; but will also pose NEW ETHICAL DILEMMAS AND BRING NEW HAZARDS. How will we balance the multifarious prospective benefits from genetics, robotics, or nanotechnology against the risk (albeit smaller) of triggering utter disaster? .… Science is advancing faster than ever, and on a broader front: bio-, cyber- and nanotechnology all offer exhilarating prospects; so does the exploration of space. BUT THERE IS A DARK SIDE: NEW SCIENCE CAN HAVE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES; IT EMPOWERS INDIVIDUALS TO PERPETRATE ACTS OF MEGATERROR; EVEN INNOCENT ERRORS COULD BE CATASTROPHIC. THE ‘DOWNSIDE’ FROM TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY TECHNOLOGY COULD BE GRAVER AND MORE INTRACTABLE THAN THE THREAT OF NUCLEAR DEVASTATION THAT WE HAVE FACED FOR DECADES. AND HUMAN-INDUCED PRESSURES ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT MAY ENGENDER HIGHER RISKS THAT THE AGE-OLD HAZARDS OF EARTHQUAKES, ERUPTIONS, AND ASTEROID IMPACTS…”
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To underpin the motion by Sir Martin Rees, see also the following.

The term [technological] singularity entered the popular science culture with the 1993 presentation at the VISION-21 Symposium sponsored by NASA Lewis Research Center and the Ohio Aerospace Institute, March 30–31, 1993, by Professor of Mathematics Vernor Vinge (San Diego University).

Correspondingly, Professor Vinge, PhD. indicated, “…Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended … Is such progress avoidable? If not to be avoided, can events be guided so that we may survive? These questions are investigated. Some possible answers [and some further dangers] are presented…”

An even deeper exploration on existential risks is better achieved through the reading of the following three materials:

1.- “…Our Final Hour: A Scientist’s Warning…” By Sir Martin Rees, PhD. at

2.- “…Existential Risks: Analyzing Human Extinction Scenarios…” By Professor Nick Bostrom, PhD. at

3.- “…Prophets of Doom…” available at



There is, by way of example and for your consideration of increasing challenges to the management practitioner, this publication, “…Oxford Study – Half of U.S. Jobs Could Be Done by Computers…” At . Still, even more pervasive challenges to the management profession.

And there is also this article: “…Big nanotech: an unexpected future. How we deal with atomically precise manufacturing will reframe the future for human life and global society…” At

And there is also this article: “…Is Your Job Under Threat From ROBOTS?.…Office Jobs Could Vanish By 2018…” At

Consequently, Dr. Gary Hamel, PhD. indicates, “…What distinguishes our age from every other is not the world-flattening impact of communications, not the economic ascendance of China and India, not the degradation of our climate, and not the resurgence of ancient religious animosities. RATHER, IT IS A FRANTICALLY ACCELERATING PACE OF CHANGE…”
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1.- Given the vast amount of insidious risks, futures, challenges, principles, processes, contents, contexts, practices, tools, techniques, benefits, rewards and opportunities, there needs to be a full-bodied practical and applicable methodology (methodologies are utilized and implemented to solve complex problems and to facilitate the decision-making and anticipatory process).

6.- Always institute beyond-insurance risk management as you boldly integrate it with your futuring skill / expertise.

7.- In my firmest opinion, the following must be complied this way (verbatim): the corporate strategic planning and execution (performing) are a function of a grander application of beyond-insurance risk management. It will never work well the other way around. TAIRM is the optimal mode to do advanced strategic planning and execution (performing).

Accordingly, Dr. Carl Sagan, PhD. expressed, “…We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows about science and technology…” And Edward Teller stated, “…The science of today is the technology of tomorrow …”

10.- In any profession, beginning with management, one must always and cleverly upgrade his / her learning and education until the last exhale.

An African proverb argues, “…Tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it…” And Winston Churchill established, “…The empires of the future are the empires of the mind…” And an ancient Chinese Proverb: “…It is not our feet that move us along — it is our minds…”


As it ensues:

First! Once you realize that the most important thing to nurture is the rotational-and-translational motion revolting within and beyond the innermost core of / by you, you can do your ethics and morality. Now you have conquered bridge 1. Conquering this foundational pillar also implies that every facet and phase of your personal and professional life will be carried on with dogged solemnity.

Second! Once you do your ethics and morality, you can do your actionable knowledge for Life. Now you have conquered, and will be, as follows, securing control of bridge 2 for Life.

Third! Once your actionable knowledge is done by you, you can do your corporate planning and respective marshaled strategy. Now you have conquered, and will be, as follows, securing control of bridge 3 for Life.

Fourth! Once your corporate planning and respective marshaled strategy is done by you, you can do your systems hazard management. Now you have conquered and will be, as follows, securing control of bridge 4 for Life.
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Fifth! Once your systems hazard management is done by you, you can do your systems quality assurance management. Now you have conquered and will be, as follows, securing control of bridge 5 for Life.

Sixth! Once your cross-functional, interdisciplinary systems quality assurance management is done by you, you can do your systems reliability engineering. Now you have conquered and will be, as follows, securing control of bridge 6 for Life.

Seventh! Once your systems reliability engineering is done by you, you can do your systems risk management. Now you have conquered and will be, as follows, securing control of bridge 7 for Life.

Eighth! Once your systems risk management — with the applied omniscience perspective — is done by you, you can do your contingency planning lavishly (with thousand layers of redundancy in place) for Life. Now you have conquered, and will be, as follows, securing control of bridge 8 for Life.

Ninth! When your contingency planning is done by you, you can do your benefits (upsides and downsides). Now you have conquered, and will be, as follows, securing control of bridge 9 for Life.
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Tenth! When benefits are done by you and you become hyper-engaged into pervasively transformational self-renewal and self-challenging (in excelsis) of your own intellect, you can do your sustainability perpetually. Now you have conquered, and will be, as follows, securing control of bridge 10 for Life.

Eleventh! Now you can conceive and design your own profession and tenure while concentrating in capturing womb-to-tomb (so-called) “…success…” and its gargantuan sustainability effort. Now you have conquered, and will be, as follows, securing control of bridge 11 for Life.

Twelfth! Neither “…the secret,…”, nor the “…hidden secret,…”, nor the “…discrete secret…,” or any “…magnificent marketing stunts…” will warrant the oxygen and energy and vision that your mind, body, and souls require (sic). Now you have conquered management for Life.
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Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 — 1821) declared, “…No longer it is question simply of education … NOW IT BECOMES A MATTER OF ACQUIRING SCIENCE…”


(1) Picture mentally, radiantly. (2) Draw outside the canvas. (3) Color outside the vectors. (4) Sketch sinuously. (5) Far-sight beyond the mind’s intangible exoskeleton. (6) Abduct indiscernible falsifiable convictions. (7) Reverse-engineering a gene and a bacterium or, better yet, the lucrative genome. (8) Guillotine the over-weighted status quo. (69) Figure out exactly which neurons to make synapses with. (70) Wire up synapses the soonest. (71) Ask now more sophisticated questions to marshal upon.…”
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David, commented simply to you and by me:

“…I am no longer a captive to history.
Whatever I can imagine, I can accomplish.

I am no longer a vassal in a faceless
bureaucracy, I am an activist, not a drone.

I am no longer a foot soldier
in the march of progress.

I am a Revolutionary!…”


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Mr. Andres Agostini
Author of:
The Future of Scientific Management, Today!
The Future of Skunkworks Management, Now!
Futuretronium Book!
Transformative and Integrative Risk Management!


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By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was speaking at a government function in July when a man sitting a few rows behind him pulled a Liberator, the infamous 3D-printed gun that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recently defined as a “lethal weapon.”

The gun posed no real danger. The man bearing it was just a TV reporter trying to prove how easy it is to sneak a 3D-printed plastic gun past security checks that include metal detectors.

In the United States, a law prohibits amateur gunsmiths from manufacturing undetectable plastic guns to prevent such a scenario. However, the law is set to expire in just a week, on Dec. 9.

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Peer-to-Peer Science

The Century-Long Challenge to Respond to Fukushima

Emanuel Pastreich (Director)

Layne Hartsell (Research Fellow)

The Asia Institute

More than two years after an earthquake and tsunami wreaked havoc on a Japanese power plant, the Fukushima nuclear disaster is one of the most serious threats to public health in the Asia-Pacific, and the worst case of nuclear contamination the world has ever seen. Radiation continues to leak from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi site into groundwater, threatening to contaminate the entire Pacific Ocean. The cleanup will require an unprecedented global effort.

Initially, the leaked radioactive materials consisted of cesium-137 and 134, and to a lesser degree iodine-131. Of these, the real long-term threat comes from cesium-137, which is easily absorbed into bodily tissue—and its half-life of 30 years means it will be a threat for decades to come. Recent measurements indicate that escaping water also has increasing levels of strontium-90, a far more dangerous radioactive material than cesium. Strontium-90 mimics calcium and is readily absorbed into the bones of humans and animals.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) recently announced that it lacks the expertise to effectively control the flow of radiation into groundwater and seawater and is seeking help from the Japanese government. TEPCO has proposed setting up a subterranean barrier around the plant by freezing the ground, thereby preventing radioactive water from eventually leaking into the ocean—an approach that has never before been attempted in a case of massive radiation leakage. TEPCO has also proposed erecting additional walls now that the existing wall has been overwhelmed by the approximately 400 tons per day of water flowing into the power plant.

But even if these proposals were to succeed, they would not constitute a long-term solution.

A New Space Race

Solving the Fukushima Daiichi crisis needs to be considered a challenge akin to putting a person on the moon in the 1960s. This complex technological feat will require focused attention and the concentration of tremendous resources over decades. But this time the effort must be international, as the situation potentially puts the health of hundreds of millions at risk. The long-term solution to this crisis deserves at least as much attention from government and industry as do nuclear proliferation, terrorism, the economy, and crime.

To solve the Fukushima Daiichi problem will require enlisting the best and the brightest to come up with a long-term plan to be implemented over the next century. Experts from around the world need to contribute their insights and ideas. They should come from diverse fields—engineering, biology, demographics, agriculture, philosophy, history, art, urban design, and more. They will need to work together at multiple levels to develop a comprehensive assessment of how to rebuild communities, resettle people, control the leakage of radiation, dispose safely of the contaminated water and soil, and contain the radiation. They will also need to find ways to completely dismantle the damaged reactor, although that challenge may require technologies not available until decades from now.

Such a plan will require the development of unprecedented technologies, such as robots that can function in highly radioactive environments. This project might capture the imagination of innovators in the robotics world and give a civilian application to existing military technology. Improved robot technology would prevent the tragic scenes of old people and others volunteering to enter into the reactors at the risk of their own wellbeing.

The Fukushima disaster is a crisis for all of humanity, but it is a crisis that can serve as an opportunity to construct global networks for unprecedented collaboration. Groups or teams aided by sophisticated computer technology can start to break down into workable pieces the immense problems resulting from the ongoing spillage. Then experts can come back with the best recommendations and a concrete plan for action. The effort can draw on the precedents of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, but it must go far further.

In his book Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science, Michael Nielsen describes principles of networked science that can be applied on an unprecedented scale. The breakthroughs that come from this effort can also be used for other long-term programs such as the cleanup of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico or the global response to climate change. The collaborative research regarding Fukushima should take place on a very large scale, larger than the sequencing of the human genome or the maintenance of the Large Hadron Collider.

Finally, there is an opportunity to entirely reinvent the field of public diplomacy in response to this crisis. Public diplomacy can move from a somewhat ambiguous effort by national governments to repackage their messaging to a serious forum for debate and action on international issues. As public diplomacy matures through the experience of Fukushima, we can devise new strategies for bringing together hundreds of thousands of people around the world to respond to mutual threats. Taking a clue from networked science, public diplomacy could serve as a platform for serious, long-term international collaboration on critical topics such as poverty, renewable energy, and pollution control.

Similarly, this crisis could serve as the impetus to make social networking do what it was supposed to do: help people combine their expertise to solve common problems. Social media could be used not as a means of exchanging photographs of lattes and overfed cats, but rather as an effective means of assessing the accuracy of information, exchanging opinions between experts, forming a general consensus, and enabling civil society to participate directly in governance. With the introduction into the social media platform of adequate peer review—such as that advocated by the Peer-to-Peer Foundation (P2P)—social media can play a central role in addressing the Fukushima crisis and responding to it. As a leader in the P2P movement, Michel Bauwens, suggests in an email, “peers are already converging in their use of knowledge around the world, even in manufacturing at the level of computers, cars, and heavy equipment.”

Here we may find the answer to the Fukushima conundrum: open the problem up to the whole world.

Peer-to-Peer Science

Making Fukushima a global project that seriously engages both experts and common citizens in the millions, or tens of millions, could give some hope to the world after two and a half years of lies, half-truths, and concerted efforts to avoid responsibility on the part of the Japanese government and international institutions. If concerned citizens in all countries were to pore through the data and offer their suggestions online, there could be a new level of transparency in the decision-making process and a flourishing of invaluable insights.

There is no reason why detailed information on radiation emissions and the state of the reactors should not be publicly available in enough detail to satisfy the curiosity of a trained nuclear engineer. If the question of what to do next comes down to the consensus of millions of concerned citizens engaged in trying to solve the problem, we will have a strong alternative to the secrecy that has dominated so far. Could our cooperation on the solution to Fukushima be an imperative to move beyond the existing barriers to our collective intelligence posed by national borders, corporate ownership, and intellectual property concerns?

A project to classify stars throughout the university has demonstrated that if tasks are carefully broken up, it is possible for laypeople to play a critical role in solving technical problems. In the case of Galaxy Zoo, anyone who is interested can qualify to go online and classify different kinds of stars situated in distant galaxies and enter the information into a database. It’s all part of a massive effort to expand our knowledge of the universe, which has been immensely successful and demonstrated that there are aspects of scientific analysis that does not require a Ph.D. In the case of Fukushima, if an ordinary person examines satellite photographs online every day, he or she can become more adept than a professor in identifying unusual flows carrying radioactive materials. There is a massive amount of information that requires analysis related to Fukushima, and at present most of it goes virtually unanalyzed.

An effective response to Fukushima needs to accommodate both general and specific perspectives. It will initially require a careful and sophisticated setting of priorities. We can then set up convergence groups that, aided by advanced computation and careful efforts at multidisciplinary integration, could respond to crises and challenges with great effectiveness. Convergence groups can also serve as a bridge between the expert and the layperson, encouraging a critical continuing education about science and society.

Responding to Fukushima is as much about educating ordinary people about science as it is about gathering together highly paid experts. It is useless for experts to come up with novel solutions if they cannot implement them. But implementation can only come about if the population as a whole has a deeper understanding of the issues. Large-scale networked science efforts that are inclusive will make sure that no segments of society are left out.

If the familiar players (NGOs, central governments, corporations, and financial institutions) are unable to address the unprecedented crises facing humanity, we must find ways to build social networks, not only as a means to come up with innovative concepts, but also to promote and implement the resulting solutions. That process includes pressuring institutions to act. We need to use true innovation to pave the way to an effective application of science and technology to the needs of civil society. There is no better place to start than the Internet and no better topic than the long-term response to the Fukushima disaster.

Originally published in Foreign Policy in Focus on September 3, 2013

When a programmer begins to write his code, he is not merely writing abstract messages to be translated into simple ones and zeros but creating a carefully detailed dance pattern between him and his machine. At the moment of powering up his computer and watching it boot up with controlled anticipation, he is watching decades of digital choreography come to play in front of his eyes. This dazzling spectacle is the threshold of where his creative energies take place. This is where his mind goes to work in creating precise and detailed instructions for his machine to put into action. This may be true but to the true programmer, one who puts his heart and soul into his keyboard and pushes his combined passion and creativity to the next level, is the one who truly masters the art and becomes legendary. To these people, they are not merely writing code but are creating art that comes alive at the push of a button. This is one aspect of programming that a computer jockey wishes to do: create art.

The arena that a programmer wishes to dance in is always at his discretion. Be it Eclipse, Visual Basic, or even a simple word processor, they all have their merits. This is where the artist creates. This is where the programmer takes their initial keystrokes and gingerly pecks at them with blazing speed and mechanical accuracy. To those around him, the programmer appears to be rushing to complete task but this is not the case. To those who program and write code, time seems to stand still as they carefully work on their masterpiece. They put all other issues aside and commit their time and energy into designing their next creation, their new child. They take pleasure in their work and commit much of their lives to perfecting this art and designing innovative creations. To them, this in itself is a dance within the massive operating system and their dance partner is the code itself. Around the duo is a multitude of processes, other couples composed of daemons that maintain a proper status quo and the many parent/child processes around. This may not be a dance for them, but a dance made possible by love and circuitry. This dance is beautiful, but one careless misstep will cause the fellow dancer to become dissatisfied and will refuse to dance. Even though the code may be your child, your child is a picky creature that is only satisfied by the successive combination of accuracy and precision.

After the dance is complete and with all syntax as elegant as a well-played ballad, the debugger shall take hold of the remaining tasks. She is a lovely creature that plays as the nurse for your newly born child. She makes sure that your child is flawless and only speaks when she has found your child to be defective. If this occurs, the dance resumes and the creator begins again. As one ages with time, one should strive to become perfect or to work hard enough to write perfect code. After the debugger has nursed your child into being, with one keystroke she comes alive and begins to speak with you. She will be as intelligent as you make her and as resourceful as you are, only to make as many mistakes as you made in your dance. She is a loyal child, one that completes every task that you ask of her. Your child’s only request is that you keep her safe and to give her the resources she needs. When this criterion isn’t met, she will become unhappy and will refuse to help you. Rather than showing rage and frustration, the artist must be patient and be giving to the child.

With the creation of a new child, a responsible artist will show her to the world and allow others to share similar experiences that the programmer has had. Others will shelter the child, making sure that their child will not be taken from them. The programmer must be smart, and must take protective measures to make sure this doesn’t happen. Some will ask outsiders for help, others will make sure that fellow digital craftsman will acknowledge that their child is theirs and only theirs. As with any parent, they will respect the programmer as they share the same vision and passion for the art as they do. As the programmer shows their child to the world, their child is able to help others and those in need. The programmer’s child will become another part of the user’s life as the child assists them with their needs. The programmer will take pride in their child for all the good their child has done. Eventually, other programmers will want to take the child and will execute a more intimate dance with her. This is most often out of your hands, so all you can do is hope that she is used for benevolent purposes only. This intimate dance will alter your child and create an offspring, a variant of your original design. This will continue ad infinitum until your child has aged to where she is no longer useful. With teary eyes and a heavy heart, the programmer will see his creation fade away from existence.

As many will undergo the intimate dance with your child, others will attempt to rape and defile your child with malicious code and devious intentions. Fueled by greed and an appetite for destruction, these infiltrators will use and abuse the child by exploiting her weaknesses and will corrupt her into a monstrosity capable of numerous problems for the programmer and others. These infiltrators are cunning, capable of taking the child and making her into a monster with the use of a single code. As with all artists and creators, one would hope that these nefarious individuals would be apprehended by the authorities but this is not always the case. Many of these fiends go unnoticed by hiding in plain sight, only conversing with others like them. This is not even the worst. The worst case scenario is that the child, a year’s worth of work in one result, can be defiled and used for creating a horrid abomination with the capacity of more harm than the child could ever accomplish. One could only hope that this never happens but often does more times than one could ever want. This is one negative consequence of creation; what one creates, another can destroy.

As true as in real life, there are more people willing to destroy than there are willing to create. Thankfully, creators and fellow programmers are not without protection. There are other programmers who create for the sake of creating other creators. These protectors create their own children with the intent of protecting them from those who want to corrupt them. These children are not made the same as other children, possessing code that is able to scan other children and safeguard them from harm. As with any program, they range from extremely potent to completely useless but they are all made with the best intentions. Often their designers are fellow artists that have the same concerns that any other programmer does but possess the knowledge to write code that is specifically designed to protect other programs from harm. All programmers lend their gratitude to the vanguards that keep them and their child safe from malicious individuals and criminals.

Like the continuous battle between infiltrators and protectors, other programmers tend to have their own battles. Their intentions are primarily material, fighting over the attention of users and other programmers. They will often steal from each other, use misconduct, and lie to consumers to meet their goals. These programmers are not fueled by the passion to create, but the passion to create profit. As such, their children are not filled with the love and passion that other children are filled with, but are utilitarians that do only what they are asked to do. These husks are often targeted by those who seek to defile them because they are not made with the careful craftsmanship of a passionate artist, but by the hands of greedy businessmen who are as careless as they are desperate for profit. This joke is as eternal as life itself and tends to be just as cruel.

As with any great artist, one does not stop with the creation of their child but will seek to improve her with time and carefully designed upgrades. These revisions serve the purpose of immortalizing the child and improving her like time and biology ages their fleshy counterparts. Unlike flesh children, a digital child can live forever with a continuing cycle of revision and constant upgrades. With a close eye to the voice of the users, a creator can design a child that can live forever by meeting the demands that a user asks for. These revisions can take the crude design of simple child and transfigure her into an elegant and omnipotent being that can tackle any challenge within their world. While these revisions take place, a programmer won’t stop with one creation but will create more and more programs. The constant drive to create, improve, and create again is what fuels the silicon and copper heart of a passionate programmer. This cycle will go on until the very programmer dies. The programmer will not have died without making an impact on the world and will have died doing what the programmer does best: create. With their work, the programmer is immortalized like their revised children.

At the end of the day, the programmer will power down their workstation and will rest for the next day to come. This will not be their final day of creation, for there are many other creations to come about and will beg to be created. Once again, the elegant digital waltz will begin again in the dance floor where all dances are conducted. The dance always has the same mechanical accuracy and precision as the first time it was enacted, the feverish pecking upon a keyboard to produce electrical impulses that result in ones and zeros. The important difference is that a new child is under construction, with a new set of objectives and tasks to complete. Of course, this is for another day and another time. The artist will click the shutdown icon, another beautifully crafted piece of code, and watch as the computer turns itself off. The daemons, parent, and child processes will rest until it is time for them to dance once again.

Yesterday, March 25 2013, the Colorado Legislature passed a resolution making March 25, Aerospace Day. What a great way to celebrate Colorado’s participation in space endeavors. The state is the second largest employer of space related companies. Thanks to Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR), the Colorado Space Coalition (CSC), the Rocky Mountain AIAA (RMAIAA), and the many sponsors who helped make this possible.

The sponsors are Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Ball Aerospace Technologies, GH Phipps Construction, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Metro State University of Denver, United Launch Alliance, Red Canyon Software, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Webster University, and the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum.

Picture of the Colorado Senate just after passing the resolution.

Picture of the Colorado House of Representative congratulating CSBR, CSC & RMAIAA just after having passed the resolution.

If we are to become a space faring civilization it is important to celebrate our efforts in space endeavors. Our Colorado legislature recognized the need and passed the resolution to make March 25 Colorado’s Aerospace Day. I hope all the other states will would join Colorado and make March 25 Aerospace Day, and one day March 25 will be the national Aerospace Day.


I received some photos from Michael Piccone. Here they are

Picture of the inside Capitol Hill showing some of the attendees visiting with the exhibitors.

Picture of 60+ of us who attended. There were more, and we were the ones who posed for this photo.

Close up of on of our state senators.

Some of the people who planned and made this event and resolution possible. They are from CSBR, CSC, Colorado Legislature, Lockheed, Boeing, Wings Over the Rockies.…


Benjamin T Solomon is the author of the 12-year study An Introduction to Gravity Modification

May peace break into your home and may thieves come to steal your debts.
May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills.
May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!
May happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy
May the problems you had, forget your home address!

In simple words .….….……May 2013 be EXTRAORDINARY … the best year of your life!!! Simply the best New Year greeting anyone has sent to me. This was from Robert White of Extraordinary People.

This morning I checked the Lifeboat stats for 2012. When I started blogging for Lifeboat at the end of July, we ended July 2012 with 42,771 unique visitors. We closed 2012 with 90,920 unique visitors for the month December. Wow! Our blogging has become more relevant, and more thought provoking. As a community of bloggers (with the exception of one) we have moved away from the 3 Cs of pseudoscience. Clouding the field. Confusing the public’s perception. Chasing away talent.

How did we do this? By backing up our discussions with hard facts, robust debate and real numbers. From years if not decades of investigation in our field of research. By speaking from our own unique experience. By sharing that unique experience with our readers.

Once again, may 2013 be an extraordinary year.


Benjamin T Solomon is the author & principal investigator of the 12-year study into the theoretical & technological feasibility of gravitation modification, titled An Introduction to Gravity Modification, to achieve interstellar travel in our lifetimes. For more information visit iSETI LLC, Interstellar Space Exploration Technology Initiative.

Solomon is inviting all serious participants to his LinkedIn Group Interstellar Travel & Gravity Modification.

Filthy Lucre will certainly destroy us all if we cannot even pass a law that makes food companies tell us what they are feeding us.