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Tricking Your Taste Buds into the Future

Posted in Agriculture, Food, Future, Futurist, Innovation, Retail/Marketing

What if we could end childhood diabetes, fight world poverty and engage in a more sustainable form of agriculture just by tricking our taste buds? Sounds farfetched–if not impossible–doesn’t it? After watching this insightful TEDx talk by Homaru Canto and Ben Roche, two innovative chefs from Chicago, I think you might have a more open…


Unlearning & the Future of Food

Posted in Agriculture, Ask a New Question, Blog, Change, Creativity, Food, Health Care, Innovation, Perspective, Retail, Senses, TED

What if we could end childhood diabetes, fight world poverty and engage in a more sustainable form of agriculture just by tricking our taste buds? Sounds farfetched–if not impossible–doesn’t it? After watching this insightful TEDx talk by Homaru Canto and Ben Roche, two innovative chefs from Chicago, I think you might have a more open…


Futurist Jack Uldrich's Predictions for 2012

Posted in Agriculture, Cancer, Futurist, General, Health Care, Healthcare Futurist, Higher Education, Mobile, Predictions, Retail/Marketing, Social Media, Transportation

#1: In an attempt to appease consumer unease over the growing use of facial-recognition technology, a handful of retailers will admit prior to “Black Friday” that they have deployed the technology during the 2012 Holiday season but will claim they are using it only as a “safety tool” to monitor crowds and prevent unruly shopper…


A Perennial Idea About the Future of Farming

Posted in Agriculture, Future, Futurist

I’m in Guelph, Ontario today to deliver a keynote on innovation to the Agricultural Adaptation Council. One of the ideas I intend to put on their radar screen is that of perennial crops. Before the invention of agriculture all crops were perennial. With the advent of modern farming, annual crops become the norm. The transition…


Farming the Future for Insights

Posted in Agriculture, History

As I was preparing my keynote presentation for the AgGateway 2011 Annual Conference (which I’ll deliver tomorrow in Las Vegas), it occurred to me that 100 years ago (when the population of the United States was roughly 160 million), 50 percent of all Americans were involved with agriculture–meaning 80 million people. Today, there are an…


The Future of Biofuels

Posted in Agriculture, Biofuels, Energy, Genomics

“The scope of what you can do is expanding as the cost of sequencing is dropping like a rock.” The above quotation is from Andrew Paterson who led the sorghum sequencing project. Sorghum might not sound all that exciting but it is the number two biofuel crop in America after corn. If sorghum can be genetically manipulated…


Sustainability & the Future

Posted in Agriculture, Energy

I’m in Winnipeg, Manitoba today to deliver the opening keynote at BioFibe 2011. One of the more significant trends I’ll be discussing is synthetic biology. To better appreciate the field’s vast potential, consider this recent quote from the October 17, 2011 Wall Street Journal article, A Faster Path to Biofuels: “The technology has the exciting…



Shedding Some Light on the Coming Genomic Revolution

Posted in Aging Services, Agriculture, Cancer, Disruptive Technology, Exponential Executive, Future, Futurist, Genomics, Health Care, History, Impossible, TED Talks

Twenty-two hundred years ago, you needed to work 50 hours to buy an hour of light from a sesame oil lantern. Today, to purchase an hour of an even cleaner and brighter light, it takes the average person about half a second. Such is the nature of technological progress. Yet, I think we can all…


Opportunity in Suburbia

Posted in Agriculture, Government

I’m in Newport, Rhode Island today to deliver the closing keynote address at the Farm Credit Corporations 2011 National Directors Conference. The title of my presentation is “Preparing for the Future: A Steep Unlearning Curve.” As I wrote on my other website today, change is the only constant. It is a message I intend to…


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