Site Network: Home |

Recommended Reading

When considering the future of a high-tech company like Microvision, it's worthwhile to take some time to consider the future of society, and mankind, itself. Microvision's scanned beam technology will allow the worlds of people and machines to integrate more closely than ever. To get a better idea about where technology is inexorably leading us, I recommend the following books:



The Age of Spiritual Machines by Ray Kurzweil.

The futurist's bible. Specifically mentions Microvision in the chapters '2009' and '2019'.

"Computer displays built into eyeglasses are also used. These specialized glasses allow users to see the normal visual environment, while creating a virtual image that appears to hover in front of the viewer. The virtual images are created by a tiny laser built into the glasses that projects the images directly onto the retina."



Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us by Rodney Brooks.

This fascinating book by the MIT AI Lab director posits that humans are more like machines than we are willing to admit -- and we are rapidly merging with our intelligent technology. The chairman of iRobot Corporation, Dr. Brooks' insights into robotics and its parallels with human physiology are most intriguing.



Mind Children: The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence by Hans Moravec.

Roboticist and futurist genius Moravec brings us headlong into a world of nanotech robots and 'postbiological' thought. Early on the way there, he discusses the need for 'magic glasses' ('imagic' glasses?):

"The key item of apparel is a pair of magic glasses...Worn on the nose like conventional specs, these contain the following impressive array of instrumentation:

High-resolution color displays, one for each eye, with optics that cover the entire field and make the image the computer presesnts appear to be focused at a comfortable distance. The glasses may have the ability to switch to a transparent mode."



The Spike: How Our Lives Are Being Transformed by Rapidly Advancing Technologies by Damien Broderick.

Broderick assembles the ideas of Kurzweil, Moravec, Arthur C. Clarke, and nanotechnology pioneer Eric Drexler into a single theme: nanotechnology, robotics, biotechnology, AI and communications technologies are accelerating their advances to the point where progress is going vertical and time itself is collapsing. The power of our technologies has taken on a life of its own and is reaching a point in time ('the Spike') where it will simply be beyond our ability to comprehend.



How To Make Money In Stocks by William J. O'Neil.

Apart from being the best book on investing that I've come across, I value this book for the following advice:

"The best results are achieved through concentration: putting all your eggs in just a few baskets that you know a great deal about and continuing to watch those baskets very carefully...The winning investor's objective should be to have one or two big winners rather than dozens of very small profits."



===



It's great to have the thoughts of the world's foremost thinkers in technology and investing available to us as everyday investors. It's clear to me from considering these works of genius that the rapidly approaching hyper-tech driven future will be very favorable to Microvision investors.

0 comments:

Post a Comment


This website does not recommend the purchase or sale of any stocks, options, bonds or any investment of any kind. This website does not provide investment advice. Disclaimer and Notices: Disclaimer: This website may contain "forward-looking" information including statements concerning the company's outlook for the future, as well as other statements of beliefs, future plans and strategies or anticipated events, and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. The forward-looking information and statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the statements. The information on this website includes forward looking statements, including statements regarding projections of future operations, product applications, development and production, future benefits of contractual arrangements, growth in demand, as well as statements containing words like believe, estimate, expect, anticipate, target, plan, will, could, would, and other similar expressions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results could differ materially from the results implied or expressed in the forward looking statement. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward looking statements are included in MVIS most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the heading 'Risk factors related to the company's business,' and our other reports filed with the Comission from time to time. Except as expressly required by Federal securities laws, MVIS Blog undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in circumstances, or other reasons. Legal Notice: Although considerable care has been taken in preparing and maintaining the information and material contained on this website, MVIS Blog makes no representation nor gives any warranty as to the currency, completeness, accuracy or correctness of any of the elements contained herein. Facts and information contained in the website are believed to be accurate at the time of posting. However, information may be superseded by subsequent disclosure, and changes may be made at any time without prior notice. MVIS Blog shall not be responsible for, or liable in respect of, any damage, direct or indirect, or of any nature whatsoever, resulting from the use of the information contained herein. While the information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, its accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed. MVIS Blog has not independently verified the facts, assumptions, and estimates contained on this website. Accordingly, no representation or warranty, express or implied, is made as to, and no reliance should be placed on the fairness, accuracy, or completeness of the information and opinions contained on this website. Consequently, MVIS Blog assumes no liability for the accompanying information, which is being provided to you solely for evaluation and general information. This website does not contain inside information, proprietary or confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements or otherwise.