We started off the week with a piece from guest contributor Brian Solis. We also spent the day reorganizing the site, giving our guest voices a more prominent place so they are easier to find over time. So check it out...
"One of the obstacles to solving this problem is that students are simply not interested in or excited by STEM subjects. With the notable exception of Iron Man’s alter ego Tony Stark, our popular culture doesn’t often celebrate engineers, scientists, or mathematicians." - David Steel
"Could the Transit of Venus serve as a metaphor for how we view innovation — away from pure science and mathematics, and towards more emphasis on sharing, collaboration and emotional connection?" - Dominic Basulto
We started the day with a guest voice, MIT's Dr. Umar Saif on how the tech scene is too much like Dickens's "A Tale of Two Cities"...
"There is an entrepreneurial divide between “the best of times” – the glamorous, VC-funded Silicon Valley startups catering to those equipped with the latest smartphones — and “the worst of times” — the unglamorous, underfunded, never-heard-of ventures slugging it out for those in the developing world." - Umar Saif
Then, of course, it was also one of the most historic days for at least the next 105 years, assuming you're really into astrophysics and space in general (who isn't?). The Post's Dominic Basulto makes the case that, ladies, men are from Venus, too...
"I know of no force of nature as great as what happens when people look up and imagine what’s out there and recognize that the science and technology that enables the solar system to become our backyard can actually transform the world in which we live — not only intellectually and culturally and emotionally and spiritually, but it will also pump our economy in ways that I don’t know any other force can accomplish. Because it will stimulate innovations in science and technology and engineering and math...innovations that are the drivers of 21st century economies." - Neil deGrasse Tyson
On Wednesday, I spent the morning at The Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. listening to some interesting discussion about the past, present and future of Silicon Valley. But it was my conversation with Intel CTO Justin Rattner, afterwards, that got me thinking -- specifically this quote:
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