Invent the Future

Proactive Versus Reactive Tech

Obenauer said he saw Scoble’s visit with local entrepreneurs as a call for tech companies such as ones in Blacksburg to shift the direction they’re taking with their developments.
“It’s a call to action in the tech community to stop worrying about the next Candy Crush,” Obenauer said, and instead “apply the technology we’re building to help improve society.”

So much of what we see coming out of startups and young companies today is reactive. Today building reactions to a world that existed yesterday.

Yet when Robert Scoble visited Blacksburg and Virginia Tech yesterday, he saw:

VTTI’s research in autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, and the Smart Road.
Aeroprobe’s use of additive manufacturing with metal for UAVs.
ICAT’s research with augmented and virtual reality in the cube.

These folks are working on proactive tech. They are pioneering. They are building things for a world that doesn’t even exist yet; that most of us can’t even fathom.

But these folks are visionaries and futurists: they’ve found real-world applications for tech that most don’t know exists yet for a world that isn’t even ready yet.

It’s the more challenging path, for sure, but it’s that one that births “overnight” success stories that most of us will only find out about after they’ve been grinding away in research for years.


Check out Robert Scoble’s entire visit to Blacksburg and Virginia Tech on his Facebook feed.

We were also honored to be interviewed by Robert regarding Throttle during his visit. Here’s that video:

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