Chinese economic ascendancy? Maybe India is a better bet.

Economic growth and investment has shifted considerably towards India and China over the past few decades – that’s no secret. But to what extent is all the hype (ex. the RMB will be the major international reserve currency by 2020) accurate? It’s hard to predict what the future will look like between all the prophecies […]

Marty McFly, post-materialism, and the FUTURE! (of American growth).

I was watching Back to the Future 2 (the one that actually takes place in the future) in my pajamas last weekend, and after tuning in and out, began to pay attention when Marty asks – “Tell me about my future. I know I make it big, but do I become, like, a rich rock […]

Decline and displacement by authoritarian China

I saw this article while going through the news this afternoon: IMF bombshell: Age of America nears end And it’s a lot closer than you may think. According to the latest IMF official forecasts, China’s economy will surpass that of America in real terms in 2016 — just five years from now. It provides a […]

Pace of innovation accelerating in Clean Tech

I came across these two articles demonstrating the rapid pace of technical improvement in clean energy. In spite of all the bad news from the debt deal (funding cuts for clean energy research), at least we’ll see returns from previous investments. A lot of the breakthroughs below come from innovation in academic settings. More and […]

DoD tolerates human trafficking and foreign national abuse on US bases

I’m reading Sarah Stillwell’s article in the June 6th issue of the New Yorker. She spent months interviewing foreign workers on American military bases abroad. The Pentagon issues logistics contracts to big companies like Halliburton and Fluor that subcontract to smaller foreign companies. These companies then contract with recruiting firms in poor countries in Africa and South […]