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Space. The Final Frontier. Inspiring me forever. While initially the domain of countries, space travel is now also becoming home to private companies. The article below on NASA’s proposed budget cuts to me signals that countries, the initial powers that made things happen, might withdraw even more, which is a shame really.
”And that budget keeps NASA's astrophysics funding so low over the coming years that the agency won't be able to develop another ambitious, big-ticket "flagship" observatory for the foreseeable future, experts say.” - Era of Big NASA Space Telescopes May Be Ending
Some thoughts on the article:
- While exploration and going to other planets has an attractive proposition for private companies, mapping out and looking at the universe has a less concrete profit looming. The countries that explored our earth, claimed territory and pillaged the riches from their ‘new found lands’ gathered quite a fortune from that. Entities making similar claims to the territories out there in space, could be driven by a similar motive which propels their business.
- Large scale telescopes and related technology can greatly increase our understanding of the universe and help us get our bearings out there. A profitable business model around that could be the ‘Google Maps for Space’, but since actual use by large masses is still far off, I doubt any private entity is willing to make such a long-term investment yet.
- The article provides some details from a US perspective and how in the past they ‘lost’ the race for ‘their’ SSC to the EU LHC. While I appreciate this perspective to be still present, ultimately we as a species would benefit more by working more together. I know, looking at how the UN or the EU sometimes work/function, we as a species are far from that utopian point. For space we managed to work together with so many countries, I think because the stakes and investments are so high, but also because we can achieve so much more working together than working apart, something that I see being pitched in the Gateway concept.
I really hope NASA is getting the proper funding it aims to secure, as it would also be a shame if so much experience and knowledge would go to waste.
With any Digital domain, it is easy to focus solely on the new technologies and what they can offer. It takes restraint to take a step back, out of that ‘kid in the candy store’-mode, and start with the end-game in mind. What is the ultimate goal you or your organisation is trying to achieve? This also provides room to implement the human perspective in such a digital transformation, something that is too often overlooked and leads to project failures.
“Fundamentally, it’s because most digital technologies provide possibilities for efficiency gains and customer intimacy. But if people lack the right mindset to change and the current organizational practices are flawed, DT will simply magnify those flaws.” - HBR - Digital Transformation Is Not About Technology
If you develop innovations for machines or robots, go ahead and skip the human part. If the success of your project depends on humans using it, consider their role and ask for their feedback early and often.
Last week I had the pleasure of presenting at Solar Plaza’s Blockchain 2 Energy conference! It was an event focussed at applying blockchain technology in the energy business, just my cup of tea! The presentations of that day updated the industry on what has happened over the past year and a number of cool actual cases from the #BUIDL category.
It was fun to show the attendees what kind of prototype we have developed at Eneco and share our lessons. I like helping others tune their innovation strategy for when they want to start a blockchain project and we had a nice discussion afterwards.
Interested to hear more on this or discuss a contribution to your event? Please do get in touch.