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What does Steve Bannon want?

Steve Bannon, right-hand man of Donald, and likely the brains of the outfit, is on the record for stating his goal as: I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment. Everything that has happened in the past few months is completely consistent with this goal. But: what exactly does he…

Stop. Reboot. A New Beginning.

I almost closed this blog today, January 1, 2017. Upon2020.com had been intended as an optimistic outlook into a beautiful, technology-enabled future. Instead, 7 years after I started this blog, we are sliding further and further into a scary, technology-enabled dystopia. How could I continue? Civil liberties are under assault everywhere. Constitutional rights have come…

About Values and this Election

My friend Ben Werdmuller wrote a piece about the values that drive his vote in this election. I don't get to vote (because I'm an alien, a legal one, but just an alien). However, he inspired me to write down my own values. They are quite short: We got to take care of our kids.…

USA: The Next Steps (after the election)

2017 is not going to be pretty, regardless who wins this election. Let's reason it out. There are four basic electoral outcomes (all of which are possible IMHO): Clinton wins in a landslide. Clinton wins narrowly. Trump wins narrowly. Trump wins in a landslide. In the two narrow cases, the next steps are likely litigation…

Let’s Build Indie IoT Systems for our Homes instead!

Join me at the "IoT Tech Expo" at the Santa Clara Convention Center next Thursday, October 20th, at 6:30pm, where I will give the following talk. Registration is free and gives you access to other IoT talks as well. Abstract: According to conventional wisdom, installing an IoT system inevitably means to invite the vendor and…