Posted by macengr on January 13, 2011
Been working much overtime at the moment, but here’s what I’ll be posting on as the year goes by…
I’ve always had an eclectic range of interests. I’m trained and have worked as a mechanical engineer, but also have an MBA and read widely in many fields. Lately, I’ve been consulting with the Matthew Ridgway Center for International Security Studies on tracking nuclear weapons smuggling.
So, some things I’ve been into in the past year:
1.) Mathematics. I’ve gone deeper into algebra, geometry and calculus. I’ve touched on abstract algebra and topology. I’ve even done some reading in chaos theory.
2.) Complexity theory – this applies across a wide range of disciplines such as social networks and physics. It may be applicable to terrorist networks.
3.) The future of work – outsourcing, of course, but also globalization, economics, and telecommuting.
4.) the future, period. Bob Kaplan’s gated communities, Richard Florida’s creative class and Great Reset.
5.) Economics and the stock market – are we really in a recovery or just still sliding into Great Depression 2?
6.) Terrorists and nuclear smuggling – as part of my gig at Pitt.
7.) How do many of the above subjects tie into the future of Pittsburgh (which is where I live)? How does the concept of city states apply, and is it a viable model for the future for the region?
These are all subjects I hope to keep exploring, and I hope to write more about them here on my blog.