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Business as Unusual: How to Prepare for the Coming Decade

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

What will the coming decade look like? The honest answer is that no one knows. A glimpse, though, can be found in a promising new start-up, Oculus Rift. Eighteen months ago, Palmer Luckey was a teenager with a clever idea for a new business. Foregoing the traditional path of securing a bank loan, Luckey instead…

The Coming "Rift" in the Future of Education

Posted in Business as Unusual, Construction, Disruptive Technology, Education, Future, Health Care, Higher Education, Life Science/Pharmaceutical

Yesterday, I delivered the opening keynote presentation at the American Technical Education Association’s 51st annual meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota. The title of my talk was “The Ten Trends Transforming the Technical Education of Tomorrow.” To demonstrate how fast the world of technical (and higher) education is changing I explained how Oculus Rift–a promising virtual…

Why the Future Demands Unlearning in a Single Graph

Posted in Business as Unusual, Computer/Semiconductor, Future, Future Proof, Unlearning

Related Posts on Unlearning: The Future’s New Rules of the Road Unlearning Lesson #24: Playing it Safe is Risky

The Future in Two Words: Predictably Unpredictable

Posted in Business as Unusual, Future Proof

As a futurist, I am frequently asked, “What will the future look like?” My response, in two words, is: predictably unpredictable. This then begs the question: How does a person prepare for such a paradoxical future? The answer lies in embracing other paradoxes such as learning to unlearn, thinking about the unthinkable, embracing failure as…

A Futurist's Top 10 Futurist Books for 2013

Posted in Books, Business as Unusual, Future, Futurist

As is my annual tradition, below are my top books on the future for the past year. They are not listed in any particular order. 1. Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier. The world is awash in data and it will only…

10 Game-Changing Technological Trends Transforming Tomorrow

Posted in Business as Unusual, Business Model, Change, Convergence, Disruptive Technology, Education, Energy, Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Health Care, Healthcare Futurist, Higher Education, Innovation, Internet/Information Tech, Regenerative Medicine

We live in amazing times and our world is about to become even more amazing in the near future due to a plethora of game changing technologies. To understand why, it first helps to consider just a few of the technologies and trends that did not make my list: 3D printers, flying drones, low-cost robotics,…

Amazon May Have the Future Backwards

Posted in Business as Unusual, Disruptive Technology, Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Retail/Marketing

Jeff Bezoes gave an insightful interview on 60 Minutes last evening. One of the more interesting technologies he unveiled was “PrimeAir”–an innovative unmanned aerial vehicle delivery system. (See the video below). The technology has the potential to play out in a way similar to the video but I believe a more likely scenario is that…

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…

Wanted: More Dragon-Slayers

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

On many early maps, there was often a Latin phrase, HC Svnt Dracones. It translates into ‘Here are dragons.” In reality, the slogan was little more than the cartographers attempt to conceal their ignorance. Of course, with time and better technology, our maps got better and the dragons disappeared. This metaphor is worth keeping in…

Is the Future Weirder Than We Can Suppose?

Posted in Business as Unusual, Do the Impossible, Future, Future Proof, Futurist

“My own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.” The above quotation is from J.B.S. Haldane, a 20th Century British geneticist, and I have always enjoyed it because it elegantly captures the idea that even our imaginations are limited in their ability to “suppose.”…


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