A tropical sunrise on Isla Perdita, my lost island, nine degrees north of the equator. I loved writing in the morning sunshine, my mind clear as the azure sky, ideas swirling on cool breezes. Half above the horizon, the electric-red sun skimmed low across the glassy surface of the black Pacific, a shimmering highway beckoning me to embark on a journey to past and future alike. A hundred meters out, dolphins jumped, playing at catching their breakfast. Their splashing mingled with the cawing of gulls circling above and the soft lapping of the waves around my feet.
Environmentalists are becoming increasingly aware that efforts to increase efficiency actually cause overall energy use to rise, a phenomenon known as Jevon’s Paradox. However, the paradox can be understood as the healthy behavior of energy-using products. For information products – cell phones, smart phones and the Internet, abundant, inexpensive supplies of energy are essential to raise our global wealth and enable people everywhere to create their own wealth.
Dominance is the ability of one entity to cause change in another. Flow and channel are in constant tension over which will dominate. This is a key feature of the Constructal Law, which defines the characteristics of all information systems.
Deep in the mountainous rainforest, the natives looking on in amusement, we began our journey by pushing our humble dugout canoe…
I’m looking at my gold wedding band.
Its gold was created in a supernova explosion billions of years ago.
How did it get to my finger?
How could a professor of engineering from Duke University and a cartoonist independently predict the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election correctly, without knowledge of political strategy, access to pundits, supercomputers or funding – while all the so-called experts got it wrong?
Although the designs of nature might seem random, they are not.
The very first successful video game, Pong, pointed the way to the use and value of interactive information – to infonomics
How does a product go from bright idea in a single mind to wildly successful global product? This short essay…