Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
“I believe that we are facing magic many of us have never encountered or imagined.” So says Remus Lupin in The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.
You can say the same about our economy and the technology that impacts it. Today I read about researchers at Tokyo University developing a hologram you can touch, or at least, have the sensation of touching. The number of variables in technology has created an exponential curve of change to which we’ve become accustomed. (iPads, iPhones, Facebook reaches 500 million users,etc.).
Let me make sure you note University of Texas professor James Scott’s research at the Mays School of Business on how to handle the vast number of variables now commonplace in the age of computing. “Multiplicity adjustment,” as it’s known in the field, refers to the ability to account for the false positives and false negatives that will almost surely appear in very large datasets.What’s random, and what’s connected?Scott’s research brings us a step closer to being able to analyze patterns and trends in almost everything.
Yet what will we do with this technology?While my iPhone contains computing abilities via its hardware and the net that NASA only dreamed of in the 1960s, NASA put a man on the moon in the age of vacuum tubes.Yet we wrestle still with the unknown factors that technology still can’t pierce.The Gulf of Mexico economy reels from a major screw-up at only one, yes that’s one, oil well.
Despite hits, technological change and the economy that builds on it moves on still an increasing pace. Cirrus Logic saw revenues double from sales of logic chips. Samsung holds a job fair for its planned $3.6 billion expansion of its semiconductor plant. Dell Computer grabs Ocarina, a three-year-old startup. Rackspace and NASA launch open-source cloud computing. Austin’s e-MDs jumps into electronic health records., which Dell teams with Microsoft to expand Microsoft’s cloud computing software. Advanced Micro Devices reported record second-quarter revnew and plans to introduce chips which combine graphics processor and a computer processor on the same piece of silicon.TI snaps up Japanese chip factories, and Raytheon gets read to build $41.9 million of jamming systems for the U.S. Department of Defense. This is only a tiny fraction of the technology news this week in Texas.
Lupin is right. I believe that we are facing magic many of us have never encountered or imagined.
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