Are we entering a technological revolution of futurist forecasting aided by artificial intelligence, and an abundance of information, which will better help us make decisions? Not long ago, someone mentioned to me the incredible exhilaration of innovation in the transportation sector and the personal tech sector. Whereas, I do see an incredible amount of forward thinking in the personal tech sector with the iPhone, new tablets, touchpads, e-book readers, 4G wireless smart phones, and human kinetic interfaces, I don't see the revolution of innovation in the transportation sector.
Perhaps, this is because the consumer is overwhelmingly enthralled with the new personal tech devices available, and since the devices don't cost that much, everyone is getting one, or perhaps even several, and it's not just the first adopters, it has totally entered the mainstream now. You don't have to be a transportation field editor to see that there is some innovation in the transportation sector. And yes the personal tech sector with GPS devices and computer interfaces with hybrid vehicles is interesting. But it's not really a revolution.
We've had bio diesel vehicles since old man Diesel first used peanut oil to run his first vehicle. We've had electric cars since the 1900s. And fuel-cell technology dates back to pre-1970. So, I'd say that the transportation sector revolution that some of these Futurists speak of, is slow in coming. And I think America is ready for now. What's the holdup?
Now then, I've read all the research articles and prepared studies, the books, articles, audiovisual presentations, and even listened to speeches at top-notch colleges, online, and I've probably scanned over more power point presentations than I care to admit. And yes there are lots of other products and far too many futurists, consultants, and innovative experts offering their services to help with patents, designs, and graphic renderings so that inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs can reach their potential clients, organizations, and government procurement departments.
Still, I say to you this isn't good enough yet. And talk is cheap.
It is important for an idea to have a spokesperson and someone that can relate to the general public and help them envision such innovations which may create alternative futures for their products, or services but it's really more than that, and I'd say about now the revolution in transportation is needed. We need to bring these new materials to make over the road trucks, cars, and even military vehicles lighter so they use less fuel, and are safer. We have most of the technology we need now, but folks say it is a matter of cost, even though these new materials are cheaper to make.
The real issue is one with tooling, and supply chain. It takes a lot of time and cost to retool, and then you need a return on your investment. It seems we have too many people running around pretending to be professionals, and belonging to far too many professional organizations to be of any real use in innovation. What we need is to get the regulations out of the way of entrepreneurs and allow them to do what they do best; inventing and innovating. Sometimes I feel as if the innovation consultants act more like gatekeepers, and barriers to the very technological revolution they claim to be one with. Please consider all this.