All around the world, drawing comparisons with Silicon Valley is an activity that probably occurs millions of times on a daily basis.
Recently, I was asked to answer a question of the same/similar nature on Quora: link
Different versions of these questions gets asked frequently, such as:
Next, we have startup competitions, innovation rankings, global startup rankings. Clearly the movement has gone global and it's all good!
Indeed, it does seem like, Silicon Valley has set a gold standard and everyone is trying to follow it.
Image source: Gold standard page for Wikipedia. link
But very few understand the history, the enablement of and the values that power Silicon Valley. I too, am a learner in this category.
Source: Secret History of Silicon Valley by Steve Blank
Coming back to innovation and Silicon Valley, the most incredible ability is for the valley to be able to foresee the future and help enable it. And how it re-invents itself in the process of doing so.
And the world, generally and largely follows.
Being able to ascertain what drives growth in a real sense, is, I think, one of the differentiating factor for how more innovation can be had. Sometime that I have started referring to as true innovation.
The need for innovation is clear. But different ecosystems define the need differently. And I categorize this as a spectrum.
I think I may come back and expand upon this phenomenon and how I see this spectrum in my mind. Considering that so much of research is locked up today and it's just bad design. When there is the possibility of unleashing innovation on a global basis and turn the human condition to something that will look like eden.
Clearly, 'software has been eating up for the world' for quite some time now.
But, outside or in parallel with the world of software, there are many other and major developments that are also going mainstream. Indeed, there are many many opportunities beyond the world of bits or developments that will emerge from constructs of the future. Opportunities that we need to unleash and put into action on a global basis.
So I think, it would be wise for eco-systems all around the world, for them to:
So apparently this aerogel technology is 83 years old and it has certainly evolved during this timeframe.
Future state and potential unconventional uses for the aerogel. I am thinking of a couple of ideas here and in random order.
This is definitely future state. Maybe 10, 15 or 20 years out.
Some of these thoughts and then some more, were inspired by this book I am reading. 'The Visioneers', written by a gentleman by the name of W. Patrick McCray. Who, by the way, was very kind in responding back to one of my tweets and even ended up retweeting one of them.
Halfway through this book, I started thinking of a somewhat new form of transportation and perhaps a new mechanism and method for manufacturing. Not so new, if you read the book, as a significant majority of the content revolves around the fine work done by Eric K. Drexler. What a great guy!
Then, I started thinking of lighter than air particles and eventually lighter than air machines. Or a combination of the two. Then I happened to be looking at some basic research being done when it relates to self-assembling nano-machines. And I thought to myself, could all of this be combined together? So that a million different individual components could come together to form a bigger structure?
Next, I literally got this idea of injecting stuff in space, over the more conventional approach of using rocket based technology. Don't get me wrong, I love the advances that have been made when it relates to rocket based technology. But in order to colonize space, we either need to build an elevator that goes into space or we need to come up with another mechanism for getting huge amounts of materials into space and back.
Hence the idea of a giant space needle, the kind that injects stuff into space and sucks it back. During that brief moment, when I started questioning my sanity. I happened to be looking out the window and saw the sun shining on a set of puffy clouds.
That's when I got my Eureka moment! Thinking, wondering if what I had envisioned in terms of swarms of machines that we can ride atop lighter than air material. Then we could theoretically transport them onto a different level of elevation. So again, clusters of machines, sitting atop clusters of aerogel. Picked up by a charge of static electricity. Taken to a higher level of elevation. Eventually transported into space. That is where the machines break free from their aerogelly mould and would then come together.
I admit, this is one of the craziest idea I've ever thought of. But, it is theoretically possible, specially with the advancements being made with certain technologies and how they will evolve in a relatively short amount of time.
These ideas compliment part of my vision for the future. Where objects move seamlessly, in a very stable method, without any noise and with very little to no human intervention. Poetry, must possess multiple forms.
A 2.5 kg brick is supported by a piece of aerogel with a mass of only 2 grams. (Source: Wikipedia)
Originally published on Oct 30, 2012
As a society, we should more to encourage kids and well everyone really to go and try different things. I don’t believe there are enough incentives for failure. I am not talking about rock climbing classes, sports e.t.c
But rather incentives that would allow individuals to test their entrepreneurial skills and eventually test their mettle.
Failure brings rewards. Because the collective lessons learned from the failures is, what propels an individual or even a unit towards success.
This logic of failing is nothing new. It’s woven into the fabric of Silicon Valley and a lot of successful companies that emerged from the valley. Since then, the philosophy has spread the world over. But predominantly, no other region on the world would practice this philosophy to the extent that it is practiced down at the valley.
Fail early; Fail often. Try different things and fail. What do you have to lose?
Originally published on May 24, 2012
This has got to be the best Biography I have ever read. This is a must-read for anyone working in the Tech industry.
Rest in Peace Steve Jobs .You are a guiding light for anyone who’d like to put a tiny ding in the Universe.
I will truly miss you and will always look up to you.
As for the biography. Nice job by Walter Isaacson. Thank you.