Jeffrey’s Notebook

Welcome to Jeffrey’s notebook. I have decided to start a blog to share some of the insights and interesting trends that we are following in the world of technology and new trends in business. I might also throw in the occasional recipe or commentary on a new product to keep things interesting. I have always had a natural curiosity for technology and have generally been an early adopter.

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A trip to the Silicon Valley Maker Faire… and what on earth is a ‘Maker Faire’?

Published by Mackie Wealth on Jun 13, 2017

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A trip to the Silicon Valley Maker Faire… and what on earth is a ‘Maker Faire'?    A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to visit the San Francisco Bay area on the weekend of the annual ‘Bay Area Maker Faire’ (I don’t know why they choose to spell Fair...... Continue reading

Would you step in front of a self-driving car… knowing that it was programmed to avoid hitting you?

Published by Jeffrey Mackie on Mar 30, 2017

The introduction of self-driving or autonomous cars has many broad implications to employment, insurance, where people live and how they get around major cities.  The vision that is portrayed by Waymo, Tesla, Uber and other companies at the forefront...... Continue reading

“Hey Siri…” “Ok Google…” “Alexa…” Thoughts on Artificial intelligence as it infiltrates our lives

Published by Mackie Wealth on Feb 09, 2017

Apple recently pushed an update to the software for the iPhone that allows users to simply say ‘Hey Siri” to activate the iPhone’s built in virtual assistant ‘Siri’.  The implication of this new ‘feature’ is that the phone’s microphone is always on and...... Continue reading

2016 in Review - Themes and Trends For 2017

Published by Jeffrey Mackie on Jan 04, 2017

As I look back at the blogs that I wrote in 2016 and reflect on the trends that made headlines throughout the year, it is a thought-provoking exercise to predict which trends will continue and which will be the false starts or ‘head-fakes’ that are all...... Continue reading

Pipelines, carbon taxes and other things that people get worked up about

Published by Jeffrey Mackie on Nov 28, 2016

In Canada we see protests over the construction of new pipelines on nearly a weekly basis.  Whether it is Keystone XL, Northern Gateway or even the reversal or expansion of existing pipelines, it seems that all major pipeline projects are met with strong...... Continue reading

Germany bans the internal combustion engine? … by the year 2030

Published by Jeffrey Mackie on Oct 27, 2016

I must admit that I did a double take when I read the headline last week stating that Germany, the country that was home to much of the initial development of the internal combustion engine, has taken steps to phase out and eventually stop the sale of...... Continue reading

Developments in renewable electricity – Alberta’s 30% by 2030 promise… does it make sense?

Published by Jeffrey Mackie on Sep 30, 2016

On a recent flight back to Calgary I watched a movie called ‘Into the Heart of the Sea’ which is a film adaptation of the true story of the sinking of the American whaling ship ‘Essex’ and the plight of its crew that drifts in the lifeboats at sea for...... Continue reading

Self Driving cars and the future of transportation

Published by Jeffrey Mackie on Aug 30, 2016

Self driving taxis, Tesla’s masterplan and other science fiction ideas that may be just around the corner. The first fatal crash of a Tesla vehicle in self-driving or ‘Autopilot’ mode made headlines last month.  While the headlines were nothing short...... Continue reading

Inevitable Technologies

Published by Jeffrey Mackie on Jun 29, 2016

I recently finished reading a new book called ‘Inevitable’ by Kevin Kelly.  Mr. Kelly is one of the founding editors of Wired Magazine and a well-known author and commentator in the area of technology.  Inevitable was a fascinating read and fit well ...... Continue reading

Disruptable vs Undisruptable

Published by Jeffrey Mackie on May 31, 2016

We are living in a world where rapid technological change is disrupting even the most established businesses.  Looking at the world from an investment perspective, the phenomenon of rapid change and disruption adds an additional layer of complexity to...... Continue reading

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