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The "Intangible World" - consisting of all things pertaining to information technology, online, wireless and/or digital communications, circuitry and electronic controls enjoys access to almost limitless financial capital and intellectual capital. Venture capitalists, intellectuals, policy makers and students everywhere are devoting untold hours to developing new and exciting ideas in everything from gaming to phones to artificial intelligence (AI). Last week's Consumer Electronics Show fielded over 4,000 exhibitors, all of whom were somehow able to obtain enough funding for their electronic dreams to be put on display to almost 200,000 visitors at the show.

At the same time, the "Tangible World" - consisting of all things physical, tangible, and/or subject to atrophy/entropy suffers starvation from capital - both financial and intellectual. Venture capitalists, intellectuals, policy makers and students everywhere eschew the old-fashioned and well-established science and technology of physical infrastructure, inanimate objects and friction-prone or stress-vulnerable physical parts. Despite literally $$$ Trillions of dollars of idle cash sitting on the balance sheets of private equity firms, banks, and individual investors, a lack of investment in the Tangible World, durable construction, public works, basic structural and civil engineering produces headlines such as the following:

Balcony at Jakarta Stock Exchange Collapses, Injuring 70

One of [D.C.] Metro’s newest trains derails near Farragut North

[Britain's Carillon] Construction firm with 43,000 employees collapses

It's as if the entire human race is dedicated to sitting at a computer screen in a cocoon or a virtual environment without any concern for the real environment - except to the extent that the real environment interrupts the free flow of electronic communications and information.

Buildings, bridges, balconies, roads, sidewalks, trains, planes, and automobiles all depend upon money, mental acuity, attention, monitoring, maintenance, renovation, and due diligence to ensure that the public is safe everywhere - not just in the bedroom or den where one's TV, smart phone, or computer interface resides.

The physical objects around us subject to the Second Law of Thermodynamics demand due diligence, regular maintenance, periodic replacement and/or engineering redundancy in order for human beings to survive from moment-to-moment in the Tangible World.

Even monitoring (with the utilization of ever-more-sophisticated electronic wireless sensors) is inadequate to protect us if we are not prepared to take physical action in response to whatever warning our sensors might provide.

Where were the electronic sensors and electronic monitors in Jakarta and the D.C. Metro today?

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