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10 “Game Changing” Technologies Poised to Transform the World in 2015

Posted in Future, Future Proof

The past year has witnessed a series of startling advances. In March, researchers at Harvard used a 3D printer to construct a blood vessel. It is an advance could prove critical in printing fully functioning kidneys. In May, scientists at The Scripps Research Institute revealed they had created a new life form by adding DNA…


Futurist Jack Uldrich’s Predictions for 2015

Posted in Future, Future Proof

(Editorial note: The “predictions” are not to be taken literally. Rather, each is reflective of a broader technological trend that will impact and influence the year ahead). The New Tesla “Bug.” In January, Tesla’s stock will plunge 23 percent on news that an undisclosed number of its new SUV’s were hacked during rush hour. The…


Seeing What You Can’t See

Posted in Future Proof

The more time I spend as a futurist, the more humble I become. As a visual learner, I’ve become fond of analogies or metaphors that help keep me humble–often, by reminding me of my ignorance. The New York Times recently published this piece, What North Dakota Would Look Like If Its Oil Lines Were Above Ground, and…


Kiss the Future

Posted in Future, Future Proof, Futurist

I’m in New York City this Thanksgiving, and yesterday I went to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. One of the stranger sights was seeing “Kiss”–the Rock Band from the late 1970’s–perform. To me, it was a tangible reminder of how things once considered “fringe” have a curious way of becoming mainstream over time. As…


Futurist Jack Uldrich on the Future of Energy Efficiency

Posted in Energy

This article, Futurist Jack Uldrich Shares 7 Trends Shaping the Future of Energy Efficiency, and the accompanying 3-minute video provide an excellent summary of the keynote talk I recently delivered in Austin, Texas at CLEAResult’s annual summit in Austin, Texas.



How to Embrace Ambiguity With a Shot of Whiskey

Posted in Ambiguity, Unlearning

One of my preferred strategies for thinking about–and dealing with–the future is “to embrace ambiguity.” Not surprisingly, I’m often asked, “How does a person learn to embrace ambiguity?” It’s a great question and I’d argue that it begins by acknowledging the existence of ambiguity. To illustrate this point, I turn to the famous “If by whiskey”…


Awkward Technologies Do Mature

Posted in Futurist

When we first see new technologies, often they are big, fat and awkward. (Think of early versions of the cellphone.) Over time, the technologies mature and morph into sleeker and more elegant objects. Please keep this point in mind when you encounter early versions of virtual reality technologies such as Oculus Rift or Samsung’s “Project…


40 Years of Experience or 1 Year of Experience–40 Times?

Posted in Unlearn Strategy, Unlearning

Hilariously, Dale Irby, a teacher at a Prestonwood Elementary, has had himself photographed in the same outfit for 40 straight years. The series of photographs serve as a kind of visual metaphor that, often, peoples claims of having 25, 30 or even “40 years of experience” is little more than one year of actual experience masquerading itself over…


Extra, Extra, Read All About It: 700 Universities to Close!

Posted in Education, Future, Future Proof, Higher Education

The above headline isn’t real but it soon could be if technological advances and shifting consumer habits disrupt higher educational institutions at the same rate as the Internet affected the newspaper industry. In fact, if students turn away from today’s expensive universities and colleges at a rate comparable to that which readers and advertisers fled…


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