technology

Americans are poorer today than they were 60 years ago

Not just Americans, actually, but people all throughout the West. You used to be able to afford to pay for a family with 3-5 kids on one income and still be middle class. Now, both parents have to work, and even with only 2 kids they barely end up in the middle class, burdened by debt for their entire lives, living well outside their means until they retire. If they get to retire. In the 1910's, a teenager used to be able to work for 3 months over the summer and pay for an entire year of tuition at a private college. Now, that's a laughable proposition... Read more [...]

Is new technology still improving our lives?

Technology is supposed to make our lives easier. At its most basic level, it's a labor saving device. The wheel, irrigation, plumbing, surgery. All of these things have saved us time and improved our lives. But lately, I'm not really seeing recent technological improvements making things better. Let's look at smartphones, Read more [...]

There’s something wrong about the Elon Musk narrative…

I've been a fan of Elon Musk for some time now. Why not, right? He builds spaceships and wants to colonize Mars, he builds electric cars that are green and great for the Earth, he wants to build a hyperloop, and so on.

If you go on YouTube and look at the comments on Elon Musk videos, or look at social media, or talk Read more [...]

Ultralight Water Filtration and Purification Kit

In my years of backpacking in the wilderness and traveling in countries with questionable water supplies, I've realized that clean water is a top priority. The kit below works as a miniaturized municipal water treatment facility that you can bring with you to developing countries with no infrastructure for clean water, Read more [...]