NineSigma has now responded with an interesting note sent to Marshall that, due perhaps to Marshall's accomplishments, it must have been assumed that he is a PhD - he is refered to as "Dr." below:
Dear Dr. Barnes,
This is the NineSigma Helpdesk contacting you on behalf of the Project Manager.
Your notes were very informative and they are sure to serve as a useful reference.
Marshall never presents himself as a Dr. or PhD, although that is a common mistake that people make on their own because of his wealth of knowledge and the forceful way that he pursues answers to issues in the fields that he works in that PhDs most commonly gloss over.
"I think it's interesting that the felt they needed to repsond to my original email", Marshall stated as he laid out plans for attending a major innovation event put on by a group of innovation firms led in part by Innovation Excellence. He has been selected to be one of a number of innovation experts who will be featured at the event to be held at the IBM Innovation Center. "All I sent them was a thank you for the heads up but I'm not going to help these companies, whoever they are, I'm going to compete with them and I mean it."
Marshall has spent the time since, in part, revisting and updating plans that he had toward the end of the last decade, to launch a company that would be akin to Massive Dynamic, the large innovation and technology R&D firm featured in the now canceled Fox TV, Fringe. (see http://monroetalks.com/
"What I'm going to do is create a wide variety of exclusive, never before experiences that will be available across all platforms - products, services, the web, TV, books, mobile, home video and radio. The advantage that I have against other companies is that I've been preparing for this for over thirty years and no one, and I mean no one has yet impressed me with the fact that they are prepared or were even aware of what the potentials were. And so while they may have more resources or money than I do, coming out of the gate I will already have products ready to go and more on the way. Many of them already exist and are just waiting to be launched. That's why I will become dominate in the space tourism field. Once we prove STDTS™ warp drive in space, and prove that it's safe, the only firm that people will want to use for space toursim will be mine because they'll all want to experience warp drive. We've already done focus groups on that one and it was hands down, 100%. Often people looked at each other like, 'Are you kidding? That's a no brainer - the warp drive trip".
More can be learned about Marshall by visiting his profile page at http://about.me/