Strap in and get ready for the ride

Remember when you watched the Jetsons and then in the year 2000 when you shook your head in disappointment that you don’t have a flying car? Well you’re not alone and given where we are today, I think the field is wide open for new implementations of old ideas to run wild and – if you hop on – a wild ride it will be.

I’ll make it official. On the record. I believe that within the next 15 years, odds are better than 50/50 that the non-autonomously driven vehicle will be a rare sight on I95.
I’m happy to be wrong on this! It could be that inner-city autonomous mobility is 1st the pop. If the inner-city pops 1st I’ll increase the odds to 80/20 within 15 years.

Dyson making ventilators? Why not? … as long as they exceed requirements placed on medical devices and whatever other appropriate regulatory oversight matters.

Cleaning and re-using masks? It’s probably been done before. Does it make sense to do it now? Dunno, but someone does.

Point is: There is a crazy batch of BIG ideas being discussed RIGHT NOW. Some of those big ideas (often referred to as those things “that will never happen”) will happen. The least we can do is think about which things might happen and not pretend to be surprised when they happen. The best we can do is decide which ones we want to happen and work to make those happen and discourage the ones we do not want to happen.

A nod to Bernie?

Is the administration’s over-the-top reaction to the economic situation a nod to Bernie? The situation is characterized by:
1. The crash in the equities markets,
2. The drastic reduction of commercial activity, travel, retail, recreation, hospitality, services,
3. The significantly increased risk of sickness and death from previously low risk activities.

Of course these are all related and indeed warrant real action. The point is that many of our political operators are behaving and promoting actions that were previously counter to their values. Specifically the idea of giving all Americans cash in order to keep them afloat. Welfare for all? Basic income? The idea of giving businesses cash to pay employees while they can’t work. Sound like another corporate bailout?

In closing, all this could look like re-distribution of wealth without actually making the structural changes that would result in re-distribution as Bernie and others would have it.

I know some might say “too soon” and that’s fine, but let’s not forget what actually happened after it happens.