Certainly, there is no future in often-contaminated and very expensive urban dirt. Most of the activists in the urban ag movement have their heads in the clouds dreaming about traditional farming in the city.
The alternative to dirt is not so easy to determine. It ranges from Despommier farmscraper dreaming to portable micro gardens with lots in between. I hope that I live long enough to see progressive ideas and new urban food producing technology emerge. I know that it will.
It is only a question of when the business world will discover the profit making potential. In my view that day is not too far away and I plan to help it arrive in any way I can.
When Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Ben Horowitz took the stage at the Web 2.0 Expo Wednesday in San Francisco, he was expected to tell audience members which technologies they should invest in and which ones they should build.
Horowitz and co-founder Marc Andreessen have been investing since last year from a $650 million fund, so the audience would have loved to hear Horowitz’s opinions. But he didn’t like that idea.
Instead, in just 10 minutes, he gave a history of the great technology shifts that have occurred in the computer industry over the past 50 years and what they mean.
His message? We don’t know what we’re supposed to build or invest in next, but no matter what we do, we’re certain to be surprised.