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Will Google Insure the Future?

Posted in Business as Unusual, Business Model, Future, Futurist, Google, Insurance

Yesterday, I addressed the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Society (CPCU) on the future of insurance industry. Given the advances in data analytics, the “Internet of Things,” robotics and collaborative consumption, I told them—perhaps not unsurprisingly—to expect big changes, including the possibility of new competitors. One of the more unconventional competitors on the horizon is Google….


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…


3D Manufacturing is Out of This World–Literally

Posted in Change, Manufacturing

Early Sunday morning, the first 3D printer was launched into space. This news is yet another sign that the field of 3D manufacturing is maturing. The zero-gravity 3D printer will possess the ability to use thermoplastics capable of withstanding high temperatures. Longer term, it is hoped that future versions will utilize more  advanced materials, including aluminum…


10 Surprising Ways Nanotechnology is Climbing into Your Life

Posted in Future, Futurist, Nanotechnology

Ascending a 25-foot sheet of glass using nothing more than a pair of hand-held, gecko-inspired paddles might not appear the most impressive use of nanotechnology but this real-world advance aptly demonstrates how quickly the field of nanotechnology is climbing into our lives. Below are ten additional examples of how nanotechnology is already transforming the world…


The Aerial Vehicle of the Future: Pilot Optional

Posted in Future, Future Proof, Futurist

Today, we refer to drones as “unmanned aerial vehicles.” In the future, the term “unmanned” will disapear and the majority of aerial vehicles will simply be assumed to be to unmanned. To understand why, read how the U.S. Army has turned its iconic helicopter, the Black Hawk, into a pilotless vehicle. Interested in learning of…


Nanotechnology is About to Clean Up

Posted in Automobile/Aerospace, Manufacturing, Nanotechnology

It’s been a decade since I wrote, The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business, but the field is really coming into its own. A few months ago, I shared a video of Samsung’s self-healing smartphone which uses advanced nanomaterials to eliminate scratches. Now, I’d like to…


Another Way to Think of the Internet of Things: Drop the "Things"

Posted in Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Internet/Information Tech

One of my many strategies for thinking about the future includes the dropping of words. This old post explains the concept but an example of the idea can be found in the term “color TV.” When most television sets were black-and-white it was necessary to add the word “color” as a necessary descriptor for new…


Why the Future Will Kick Your Ass … in a Single Graph

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

Related Posts The Future is Here and it is Poised to Kick Your Ass Why the Future Demands Unlearning in a Single Graph


The Internet of Things & The Jetson’s

Posted in Analogy, Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Internet/Information Tech

Did you know the cartoon series The Jetson’s was originally released in September of 1963? Also, the program wasn’t a commercial success and only 26 episodes were ever produced. The program’s relative failure may, perhaps, surprise you—especially if, like me, you grew up watching countless re-runs of the program. The reason the program didn’t meet…


What Will the Internet of the Future Look Like?

Posted in Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Internet/Information Tech

Over the coming months, I’m scheduled to deliver a series of 12 keynote presentations across the United States for Verizon Wireless on “How the Internet of Things Will Transform Business.” I have written a little about the “Internet of Things” here but it’d be presumptuous for me or anyone to claim that they will know…


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