Kurt is the founder and CEO of Semantical, LLC, a consulting company focusing on enterprise data hubs, metadata management, semantics, and NoSQL systems. He has developed large scale information and data governance strategies for Fortune 500 companies in the health care/insurance sector, media and entertainment, publishing, financial services and logistics arenas, as well as for government agencies in the defense and insurance sector (including the Affordable Care Act). Kurt holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
During the day, I spend a lot of time researching online. I may be looking for coding tips on articles I'm writing for my programming columns. I may see something on Facebook or LinkedIn that I'd like to reference for articles on futurist issues, or politics, or industry trends. I may come across a reference image or detailed information about a place for the novels that I write. Anyone who writes regularly likely also spends a significant amount of time finding and compiling such resources.
An interesting pattern emerges when you throw a potentially controversial idea out, as I did recently with the article below. I had written that I think that we need to strengthen our "local" networks - energy and information both - by utilizing more of a mesh approach, precisely because the existing (largely centralized) networks are too vulnerable to storms, earthquakes and cascading power failures.
I can just remember a time when airlines only had a business class and an economy class. Now, it will often take five minutes for a gate attendant at most airports to rattle through all the permutations of Silver, Gold, Platinum, Double Platinum, Uranium, Plutonium and Mithril flyers to let them know that they can in fact take the left hand lane with the red carpet rather than right hand lane with the plain carpet to get their gears stowed first.
Recently, I've begun seeing signs that I've been expecting for a while, even if I've not been wanting to. There is a tech recession coming. Like Hurricane Harvey, it has been sitting off the coast for a while as a tropical storm, but it has the potential to turn into a category 4 hurricane all too easily.