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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…


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…


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….


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…


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