My column is in the KC Star, tomorrow. Faith section, back of FYI. Thanks!
A Starry Night in the Valley of the Roses
29 minutes ago
What's next [for Apple]?...here's my guess: the iCar is next. Imagine an Apple-manufactured car stereo that seamlessly connected to your iCloud, ran iTunes, and bluetoothed into your iPhone seamlessly. Imagine you can mount screens in the back seat of the car that are multi-touch capable just like an iPad (1080p!). Imagine the whole system runs flawlessly on iOS. All of a sudden your car is an iPhone/iPad heaven-zone. Frankly the technology wouldn't be hard at all to develop. And by connecting to your iPhone the user could take/send phone calls without a separate phone data plan. The car stereo could handle GPS/navigation, could have Siri connectivity, could run apps, and could play movies.
But for Evans, it’s clearly just the first step. Already, he’s set his sights on bigger targets. Next on his to-do list is to equip the hulls of ocean tankers, a major source of global pollution, with pods. Already he’s been told it can’t be done. The design of hulls, he was informed, can’t be improved. Naturally it was an engineer, he said, who told him.Naturally. What do engineers know, anyway? The portrayal of engineers as a class of technocrats trying to marginalize the lone inventor is a trope I could do with a lot less of. If Evans had asked an engineer whether his "vortex stabilizers" worked, they might have responded "you mean like the ones that come on the 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo and have been extensively reported/tested before? Or the ones that have been on airplances since World War II?"