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Futurist Jack Uldrich’s Predictions for 2017

Posted in Future, Futurist, Predictions

(Editor’s note: These predictions are offered in the spirit of light-hearted fun and are not intended to be taken literally. Each merely reflects a broader trend that readers can expect to see, experience or read about in the coming year. For a more realistic perspective on each trend, click on the embedded links. Enjoy!) Amazon’s…


Autonomous Vehicles: 10 “Human-Centric” Questions to Consider, Today

Posted in Automobile, Future, Futurist, Transportation

As a futurist, people frequently ask me how driverless automobiles and trucks will affect the future of urban areas. It’s not a bad question, but there’s a better question to ask: How can autonomous vehicles help create a more human-centric city? The focus of the first question assumes autonomous/self-driven cars are inevitable and urban planners…


What’s Next in Farming: Ten Trends Transforming Agriculture in 2017–and Beyond

Posted in Agriculture, Future, Futurist

Feeding the planet’s 7.3 billion people is no easy feat, but farmers all around the world have risen to challenge. Feeding the next three billion people–who are expected to arrive by 2050–will pose an even greater challenge. However, I am confident innovative farmers and agri-businesses will again step up to the plate (no pun intended)….


Failure: It’s How You Move Ahead and Into the Future

Posted in Failure

Alphabet just announced it is killing off the company’s once highly touted Titan drone project which aimed to deliver high-speed Internet all around the world using drones. In retrospect, it might easy to laugh off the program as yet another overly ambitious Google/Alphabet project doomed to failure, but I’d advise against it. Why? Because the…


The Right Side of (Game) Change

Posted in Business as Unusual, Change, Disruptive Technology, Future, Future Proof, Futurist

If you want to stay on the right side of the future, the first thing to do is to acknowledge that the future will be different–perhaps radically different–than the present. With this in mind, here are ten game-changing technologies and trends it would behoove you to begin familiarizing yourself with today. Super Quantum Computers: Nvidia…


Attention University Presidents: A Press Release From the Near Future

Posted in Higher Education

(Editor’s Note: Change is difficult. This is especially true in organizations that have heretofore been immune to the broader forces of disruption–such as institutions of higher learning. To shake presidents, administrators, and faculty out of their stupor I have drafted the following fictional press release. I encourage all university and college presidents and their boards…


The Future of Retail is in Your Hands

Posted in Government, Retail

Amazon just unveiled this compelling video of the store of the future.  (It is also posted below) By combining advances in camera technology, artificial intelligence and “sensor fusion”, the company believes that soon you will be able to just “grab and go.” In other words, in the near future, you’ll be able to walk into…


The Right Side of the Future

Posted in Business as Unusual, Future, Future Proof, Futurist

What does it mean to be on the right side of the future? It’s an excellent future-related question and I don’t claim to possess the complete answer but I do know that it begins with understanding exponential growth. The chart to the right explains. In the beginning, exponential growth can almost appear linear but as…


Rossman & Ross-Machine: The Law Firm of the Future

Posted in Law, Legal

My friend, John Rossman, is an attorney at Moss & Barnett where he is one of the country’s leading bankruptcy attorneys. A few months back, I sent him an article explaining how another law firm specializing in bankruptcy law had just “hired” the world’s first artificially intelligent attorney. Ironically, the machine was named “Ross” and,…


The Five Trends Shaping the Future of Cities

Posted in Education, Energy, Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Government, Health Care, Higher Education, Internet, Politics

The science fiction writer William Gibson once wrote: “The future is here. It just isn’t evenly distributed.” It’s a powerful insight because it implies that savvy business people, farsighted political leaders and even average citizens can discern the future if only they heed today’s emerging trends. Five current trends, in particular, appear poised to transform…


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