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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…


Half of the Predictions About the Future Are Wrong

Posted in Ambiguity, Future Proof, Futurist, Humility, Uncategorized

Advertising pioneer John Wanamaker once quipped, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” As a futurist, I’d like to put my own spin on this quotation and modify it by saying, “Half of the predictions I hear about the future are wrong; the trouble is I don’t know…


What Does a Good Futurist Look Like?

Posted in Future, Future Proof, Futurist

Contrary to popular belief, futurists can’t see into the future–and, should you happen to run into one that claims to have this unique skill, my best advice is to run away as fast as you can because they are flat-out lying. If a good futurist can’t “see into the future” you might ask, “What do they…


Create Thy Future, Mr. Futurist

Posted in Future

As a professional futurist, I frequently end my talks with the rather obvious reminder that no one can predict the future. I then twist this fact by flashing Peter Drucker’s famous quotation: “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” I love this idea of creating the future because it is empowering,…


Top 5 Reasons Not to Read “Top 5” Articles

Posted in Unlearning, Unlearning Lesson

#5: They are cynically designed to drive traffic to the poster’s site. Therefore, they are designed for the benefit of the poster/writer—and not you. #4: They waste your time. It is estimated that it takes 25 minutes to refocus your attention on your work once you have been lured into reading an article such as…


Google Glass is Dead, Long Live Google Glass

Posted in Future, Futurist, Wearable Technology

Google anounced yesterday it was discontinuing it’s Glass Explorer program. Many pundits have been quick to declare both the program and the product a failure. To be certain, the technology has fallen short of many people’s expectations–myself included. It is unwise, however, to dismiss the technology altogether. As an analogy consider the world’s first eBook–Cybook Gen…


Top Ten Tech Trends for 2015

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The Future of Banking: Customers Pocket the Change

Posted in Banking, Finance

(Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from an updated version book, 20/20 Foresight: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow. This chapter covers trends in the banking and financial services sectors.) By the end of 2013, peer-to-peer lending services had issued $2.4 billion in loans, and it’s estimated that in 2014 the amount lent will more than double…


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…


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