That’s not quite what’s happening with this list of Must-Read IT Journalists I’m on (I, for one, am under 50), but it is 50 names, and more than a few of them are over 50, and still going strong. I just finished re-reading The Soul of a New Machine, and the question gets asked there, what do CPU designers do when they’re over 35? The unspoken answer for many is that they go into management or get displaced. For journalists, the answer traditionally has been, go into PR. Now, of course, we also get displaced. But it’s heartening to see a lot of older people on a Must-Read list.
Archive for November, 2013
It’s difficult to look out 20 years and see what technology will power cell phones, electric vehicles and the smart grid, and then write about it in 900 words or so. The short answer is, lithium ion might still be the technology that matters, but there’s a lot happening in the smart grid that will affect how things play out. See my piece, Where Batteries Are Headed, in the Wall Street Journal’s Future of Energy Report (no registration required for this piece).
I’ve gone on air plenty of times, but I don’t often get quoted in text, which seems somehow more important. Must be my profession that makes me undervalue talking heads. Anyway, I was interviewed for being one of the co-authors of a report on why it’s so hard for companies to get something remotely like transformation out of digital technology. Here’s the link to the FierceCIO piece CEOs lack vision to lead digital transformation. It came out of this report, Embracing Digital Technology, I co-wrote for MIT Sloan Management Review.