There Would Be a Lot More Good News if Government Would Get Out of the Way
There’s so much negative news these days. I was glad to see that a new podcast, American Optimist, features good things that are coming.
It’s hosted by Palantir founder and venture capitalist Joe Lonsdale. He interviews entrepreneurs like Sal Churi, who funds companies like Icon, which found a way to 3D print homes in just one day.
The process is cool to watch. You can see it in my new video.
Fast home-building is such a good thing for poor people who want an affordable house! Unfortunately, Churi has to struggle to get past the government’s rigid zoning and safety regulations.
“It’s actually impossible to do 3D printing of homes with modern technology because government regulation is making it impossible,” says Lonsdale.
“That infuriates me,” I tell him. “I keep seeing these wonderful new things we can’t have…because of regulations that don’t matter.”
“We’d probably have twice as big of an economy if we didn’t have bad regulations,” he replies.
If innovators finally do get past the regulators, we’ll get lots of cool things.
People predicted flying cars for years. Now it may actually happen because Lonsdale’s friend Paul Sciarra (Pinterest’s co-founder) invested in Joby Aviation, which built a small helicopter that looks like a flying car. He hopes it will be used as an air taxi.
“It’s about 100 times quieter than a helicopter,” says Lonsdale. “Goes about 200 miles on a charge—safer, much quieter. The idea is to use this as a c
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