Diversified Digest: May 30

May 30th, 2017 | posted in: Uncategorized

by: R. Samuel Fraundorf

Diversified Trust’s investment team brings you headlines of note for the week.  Click on the links to access the articles. 

The rapid changes we are experiencing in technology continue to be a key area of concerns and questions.  There is no doubt the world will be very different over the next 10 years, as Bill Gates told Harvard grads.  But the actual path and its many potential outcomes is much more complex, and probably less scary, than we might believe it to be.

The White House’s budget created a stir when it was released last week, in part for its $2 trillion error in math, but also for its optimistic assumptions around growth.  It helps to see it in interactive terms against past presidents.

Who knows if methane hydrate could actually become a viable energy source (or if we would want it to – it’s a greenhouse gas).  But U.S. Department of Energy has estimated the world’s total amount of methane hydrate could exceed the combined energy content of all other fossil fuels.

Finally, to help exercise your mind in a direction that might not feel all that comfortable, Daniel Robinson (a fellow of philosophy at Oxford University) wrote an interesting piece on the limits of information.