# Top of mind (Updated 4 Feb 2024) The intention of this page is to serve the function of [a /now page](http://nownownow.com/about) - shamelessly stealing the idea of a notes-based now page from the indomitable Andy Matuschak. Most of my time is spent running Speculative Technologies — an industrial lab for public goods that runs programs and FROs to unlock materials and manufacturing technologies that don’t have a home in other institutions. This entails: - Doing a vast array of things for the [Brains Program](https://spec.tech/brains) (helping people start [[Coordinated research program]]s) - Fundraising and advocating for [Spectech’s research programs](https://spec.tech/programs) - Trying to figure out our business model - A lot of other things that don’t fit into neat buckets. 🤦‍♂️ And of course, I can’t help occasionally durdling around with some other ideas: - [[We need better case studies of failures in science and technology]] - [[People overindex on successes in science and technology]] - [[What does it mean for a technology to scale?]] - [[Changes to the research ecosystem are bottlenecked by where the work is done]] - [[Universities have been accumulating roles for hundreds of years]] * [[In Defense of Academia]] * [[Academia has developed a monopoly on pre- and non-commercial research]] * [[Research is not a commodity]] * Recording an occasional [Idea Machines Podcast](ideamachinespodcast.com)as a way to talk to fascinating people and share it with the world. Doing all of this constantly raises new [[Top of Mind Questions]] On the physical front, I’m gunning hard to do v6s consistently. Running and lifting are in maintenance mode; I’m basically trying to maintain speed/strength/distance but not striving to hit any goals.