2017-04-17 2 min read


If anyone in NYC has ~500SF of assembly/shipping space to sublet, holler! I'm looking for a spot to stretch out on nights/weekends.

Planning & Strategy.

  • Toshiba, the Japanese conglomerate which was once part of the Mitsui zaibatsu, is in danger of being taken down by the perfect storm surrounding their nuclear energy arm, Westinghouse. "Westinghouse filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States last month, and Toshiba took a loss of more than $6 billion as it wrote down the value of the subsidiary, which it acquired in 2006 to further ambitions to become a world-leading nuclear-energy provider. Spiraling costs at American reactor projects, the upheaval caused by the 2011 Fukushima meltdown in Japan and competition from shale oil and gas output have hurt the company." Now their chip business is on the auction block, and rumors are running wild.
  • Saul Griffith, of Otherlab, on the importance of ARPA-e. Trump's draft budget would effectively eliminate the agency.
  • Joe's looking for someone to match his longbet on the future of US fossil fuel consumption. His argument is strong; I'm curious to see if someone else can counter it :)

Making & Manufacturing.

  • An NYU grad student spent six weeks assembling iPhones in a Pegatron factory outside of Shanghai. This interview with him is very thorough, and avoids the hysteria that often comes with Apple exposés.
  • An American software engineer went to the phone malls in Huaqiangbei, Shenzhen and built himself a refurbished iPhone 6s. Pretty clever.
  • Arconic completed construction of its Very Thick Plate Stretcher, which reduces manufacturing stress from *really* big pieces of aluminum.

Distribution & Logistics.

Inspection & Testing.


Thanks as always to our recurring donors for supporting The Prepared. Credit also to Derek, Eric, and Kane for sending links.
War Tubas: Pre-radar instruments for detecting incoming aircraft.

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