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Paul G. Allen
It’s one of the most iconic photos in American business.
A ragtag group assembled for a family portrait in Albuquerque.
If you see it on Facebook or LinkedIn, there’s usually a question above the photo: “Would you have invested?”…
David Bunnell, a pioneer in technology publishing, died Tuesday night of pancreatic cancer, according to his wife, Jackie Poitier. He was 69.
Bunnell took writing about computers from the realm of hobbyists to a mass-market media phenomenon, launching glossy titles like PC Magazine, Macworld and PC World…
For those concerned about climate change, all eyes are on the deep blue and Evergreen State of Washington, where a carbon tax is on the ballot. State Ballot Initiative 732, a revenue-neutral carbon tax, is a step forward for climate policy. The U.S. must lead on climate change, and without a functional Congress, leadership must come from somewhere else.
A forward-thinking state seems the ideal solution, and Washington would appear to be that state: Its Democratic governor, Jay Inslee, is a former Congressman with a 92 percent lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters. Sen. Bernie Sanders—who has actually called for a carbon tax—trounced Hillary Clinton by 45 points in Washington’s March delegate caucus. Its neighbor, Canadian province British Columbia, already has a carbon tax…
In 1973, a former schoolteacher named David Bunnell got a $110-a-week job as a technical writer for a tiny Albuquerque-based maker of calculators called Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems, Inc., or MITS. In later years, he admitted that he knew virtually nothing about electronics at the time. But he was there in 1975 when MITS introduced a microcomputer, the Altair 8800. The machine kicked off the PC revolution, including inspiring two budding computer nerds named Bill Gates and Paul Allen to write a version of the BASIC programming language, which led to them founding a company they called Micro-Soft…
New business names, terms and buzzwords seem to be created even faster than technological innovations these days as executives and entrepreneurs seek to develop an organizational ¨culture,¨ craft an image and influence public perception and decision-making. Examples include impact investing, an evocative, yet somewhat nebulous, term that GIIN (Global Impact Investing Network) defines as follows: ¨Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.¨
Amidst the deluge of promotional messaging and press releases, it’s not unusual for hype to exceed, or even run contrary, to actual substance when it comes to new business terminology and jargon. That makes it all the more difficult to discover examples that live up to their monikers, and all the more inspiring when you do…
Amid recent reports about the latest fusion “breakthrough,” now seems like an appropriate time to turn our gaze toward this most reticent of technologies. Broadly speaking, fusion is an industry about which the view you hold is a binary choice. Are you a true believer or an outright skeptic? And, if you were in any doubt, the latter has always proven the more prudent view. Do the most recent reports on fusion, alongside the new paradigm of private fusion companies supported by tech billionaires and venture capital, herald a medium- to long-term energy revolution? Or is this simply another publicity round to attract investment in a technology that’s always 20 years away?…
Flying Heritage Collection
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Families and communities across the country today are marking Lights On Afterschool, the 17th annual event celebrating the role after-school programs play in keeping children safe and expanding learning opportunities.
Despite increases in the number of children in programs after school, one in five Washington children remains unsupervised, according to a survey by America After 3PM.
More than a third of Washington parents say they would enroll their children in a program if one were available to them…
Smart City Challenge
For decades, scientist and engineers at Battelle have been doing important research work in transportation, connected vehicles and infrastructure improvement. Recent successes have the world’s largest independent research and development organization solidly in the business of smart mobility.
In June of this year, Battelle played a big role in the writing of the City of Columbus’ successful Smart Cities bid and now, Battelle has played an equally vital part in crafting a winning bid for the City of Dublin, the City of Marysville and Union County for the advancement of the Northwest U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded a $5,997,500 grant for Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) along the central Ohio corridor for connected vehicle and autonomous vehicle testing and research…
Despite the rhetoric of both the Clinton and Trump presidential campaigns about paying closer attention to our nation’s urban areas, their common focus primarily has been on combating crime and improving community race relations. These are important issues for a political campaign, but unfortunately they have obscured other long-term urban concerns that require significant national attention.
For example, traffic congestion is an increasing problem in many of America’s largest and most diverse cities—Atlanta, Houston and Los Angeles come quickly to mind. With limited mass transportation options stretching across still-expanding urban footprints, there is little optimism regarding the availability of federal funds to finance mass transit expansion and meaningfully reduce urban gridlock…
Car and Driver
In Pittsburgh, city transportation officials are expanding a program that tests adaptive traffic lights, which combine artificial intelligence and real-time sensor data to adjust signals in a way that improves traffic flow.
In San Francisco, transit leaders are examining how variable-priced tolling on the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge might reduce congestion and figuring out how to prioritize commuters who use nearby carpool and ride-share pickup areas…
Traffic Technology Today
In a new collaborative project supported by Sidewalk Labs, cities will work together to create policies, pilot emerging technology, and share insights to improve transportation in small and large metropolitan areas.
Transportation for America (T4A) and Sidewalk Labs have announced the 16 members of a new T4A Smart Cities Collaborative to explore how technology can improve urban mobility, creating a tangible new opportunity for the scores of ambitious cities that did not win, or were not eligible for, USDOT’s Smart City Challenge…
Living Computer Museum
Embracing the growing geek culture across the nation and with a desire to connect with the millennial populace that tends to migrate to greater Seattle, the Renton Chamber of Commerce launches its first comic convention.
RenCon takes place Friday through Sunday, Oct. 28-30 at the Red Lion Hotel, Renton. Tickets can be purchased at: www.gorenton.com…
The nights are getting shorter, the leaves are changing color and pumpkin patches are ready for harvest-that means the wait for Halloween is almost over! While Halloween festivities originally began hundreds of years ago as part of a Celtic harvest festival known as All Hallow’s Eve, today it’s a backbone of American culture. Cities from coast to coast celebrate the ghost and ghoul season with festivals, costumes, haunted tours and spine-tingling rituals that provide entertainment to revelers of all ages. For those who want to make the spooky season last a bit longer, Día de los Muertos (literally Day of the Dead) is celebrated on November 2nd and has grown in popularity outside of Latin America in recent years thanks to its colorful parades, iconic sugar skulls, ubiquitous marigolds, fanciful costumes and fiendish face paint…
The “candid, bare-all account” from Pop marks the first time the history of the punk rock pioneers has been told entirely in the legendary musician’s own words. Readers will get a look at “the incredible tragic and triumphant story of a group who rose from youth, fell prey to drugs, alcohol, and music biz realities, collapsed and nearly 30 years later reformed, recording and touring to great acclaim.”
Gold and contributor Johan Kugelberg spent two days interviewing Pop at his Miami home for the book, which includes a collection of never-before-seen images. Additional contributors include Jon Savage (author of “England’s Dreaming”), Joan Jett, Johnny Marr and Jack White…