You are probably familiar with Elon Musk’s plan to build a high-speed train between Los Angeles and San Francisco. First discussed in 2012, the hyper loop was described by Musk as a fifth mode of transportation that would be a cross between a Concorde, a rail gun and an air hockey table. Traveling an average speed of 600mph, passengers on the California hyper loop would make the trip between LA and the Bay Area in 35 minutes. I think we need a hyper loop for cyberspace too.
Kazhakstan is best known for its potassium reserves and the fictitious TV personality Borat Sagdiyev who traveled across the US with his producer Azamat Bagatov interviewing recording interactions with various American personalties. However, soon Kazhakstan may be known as a key hub on a 21st century Silk Road that is being constructed between China and Western Europe.
In my last post, I discussed the history of the Panama Canal, which is undergoing a major expansion project to add a third set of locks. One of the key drivers for the construction project is the inability of the canal to accomodate larger “Post-Panamax” vessels. Panamax is a term in the global ocean freight business to describe vessels whose dimenstions exceeds the height, width or depth of the current canal. Approximately, 37% of the world’s cargo capacity today cannot traverse the canal. These container ships either have 1) depths which exceed the shallowest point, 2) heights which exceeds the maximum clearance for the Bridge of Americas or 3) widths or lengths that exceed the existing lock chambers.