(New Scientist, July 10, 1999)
So maybe you're just not into Art Rock.
If you had a gun or a phaser you would know just what to do with the collected works of Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, King Crimson and the early Genesis.
Well, guess what: Turns out that Genesis, at least, were very good investors. They might end up shaping the future in a large way. Phil and Peter might really turn into the real Men Who Fell to Earth. (Bowie's character made his fortune in tech. I forget how.)
New Scientist tells us that they're the prime angel investors that really might change the world: plastic monitor screens.
Imagine computer screens that you can fold. Or hang up on your wall with thumbtacks or wear on your shirt. There was a story about this as well in MIT's Tech Review some months back before this net publication started. It's a technology that could change the world. According to the story the first thing that you will see is its application used on cell phones. But the sky's the limit.
Imagine computer screens anywhere you might imagine cloth. It's the main reason to buy New Scientist this week. The issue also features some Big Concept articles on number theory and quantitative analysis.
(Forbes, July 26, 1999)
I actually didn't think their annual profile on who their 12 digital mavericks was the most interesting science or science related piece. That's because I don't have a rolodex of the several hundred movers and shakers in the industry in my head So I can't really categorize or break it down to the top 12.
However, there were the usual suspects. Idealab's Bill Gross was profiled and I believe he deserves it. In case you didn't know, he was the first one to trot out the idea of giving away computers in exchange for either ISP access or advertising data. In other words, since I attempt to make a living out of selling computers, Bill has probably put me out of business. He has dozens of other ideas as well. I'm sure he will give you the same joy that he's given me.
Other easy picks include Linus Torvalds, Linux inventor and current Paul Allen employee. How does that work exactly? Meg Whitman, the over profiled Ebay exec, is also there. Gene Hoffman, MP3 pioneer and music industry public enemy No. 1, is also profiled, and deservedly I might add. Even that wild-haired Critical Path guy is listed.
By the way, they were all shot in some weird Twilight Zone lit black and white which made them look very very scary.
As for the most interesting pure science story, turns out one scientist has turned his bees into mine sweepers. He does it by mixing it in the scent of something that he wants to find with the scent of pollen. Apparently, the bees flit right to it. He also attaches a sensor on their hairy bee backs. This probably crosses the line of what things we have the right to do with Earth's Creatures, but it sure is entertaining.
Hey, why not stick cameras on their hairy bee backs? Send em to the beach or to Mars. Better give Bill Gross a call for funding, since I will soon be unemployed.