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LeBron Sees (and Drives) the Future

Posted in Automobile/Aerospace, Futurist, Transportation

When LeBron James starts advertising self-driving cars, I think it’s safe to assume that the technology is better than most people realize and that the future may arrive sooner than they think. Thoughts? Other posts by transportation futurist Jack Uldrich Pace of Trucking Industry About to Hit Warp Speed


Long Road to Self-Driven Cars May Be Short

Posted in Automobile/Aerospace, Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Traffic, Transportation

The Financial Times recently released an informative and well-balanced 12-minute video discussing the long road to self-driving cars. (The full video is posted below). Early in the video, the host declares “it is no longer a question of if but when” self-driven cars will become a reality. I agree wholeheartedly with the assessment but I…


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…


In the Near Future, Time Will "Self-Heal" Many Small Problems

Posted in Automobile/Aerospace, Construction, Disruptive Technology, Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Innovation, Nanotechnology

In 2003, I authored a book on nanotechnology, The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business. In it, I speculated that self-healing materials would soon become commonplace and, to be honest, I was a overly optimistic in the timing of my projections. Nevertheless, LG has just released…


Does Elon Musk Literally Have His Hand on the Future of Manufacturing?

Posted in Automobile/Aerospace, Business as Unusual, Disruptive Technology, Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Manufacturing, Robots

The word literally is often misused but I don’t believe I’m engaged in hyperbole when I say Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, may literally have his hand on the future of manufacturing–and I don’t believe you will either after watching these two videos. The first shows Musk demonstrating how new Leap Motion…


James, Take Me to the Future!

Posted in Automobile/Aerospace, Disruptive Technology, Future, Futurist

Wouldn’t it be cool if you had your very own chauffeur? Sounds unlikely, right? Well, don’t be so sure. As I’ve written before (here and here), the future may be more affordable than you suspect. Scientists at Oxford University have recently developed a system which can be fitted onto your existing automobile and will convert…


Look, Ma! No Hands! (Or Driver!)

Posted in Automobile/Aerospace, Business as Unusual, Future, Futurist, Transportation

Last month, I published my annual list of predictions for 2013 and although we are only three days into the new year my prediction that a leading retailer would begin to experiment with driverless vehicles appears close to happening. In this case, Navia, the creator of a driverless electric shuttle, has designed a vehicle capable…


5 Unexpected Surprises From Self Driven Automobiles

Posted in Automobile/Aerospace, Future, Futurist

Ford Motor Company has publicly predicted self-driving automobiles may be a possibility as early as 2017 and the Wall Street Journal has proclaimed such vehicles are “inevitable.” At the turn of the 20th Century, the original automobile heralded a new age of personal freedom and lead to “drive-thru” restaurants, motels, express delivery businesses, the creation…


A Sign of Things to Come

Posted in Aging Services, Automobile/Aerospace, Future

The state of Nevada has issued its first driver’s license for a self-driven robotic vehicle to Google. The license plate is red and has a distinctive “infinity” symbol. It’ll take some time but the plates will start becoming more common.


Driving into the Future

Posted in Aging Services, Automobile/Aerospace, Robots

An amazing three-minute video of a blind man using Google’s self-driving robotic car: With tens of millions of Baby-Boomers approaching their senior years, there is little doubt in my mind that self-driving cars will become big business by decade’s end.


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