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In the Market for a New Idea?

Posted in Business, Innovation, Retail/Marketing

“Necessity is the mother of invention” or so it is said. I believe “necessity is the mother of innovation” and if U.S. and Western European companies wish to remain competitive in the future they’ll need to look to China, India, Brazil and Africa not just for new markets but for new ideas! In the food…

A Commercial Broken

Posted in Business, Business Model, Future, Predictions

We’ve all heard and suffered through “commercial breaks.” Well, the commercial–that annoying staple of modern television–is about to become seriously broken. If you have a DVR you’ve probably been fast-forwarding through commercials for some time. What happens, however, when Apple introduces its Siri (voice recognition) technology to a next generation television set?  (As is widely…

The Future Requires Reverse Mentors

Posted in Business, Change, Creativity, Human Relations, Innovation, Leadership, Unlearning

For some time now, I have been advocating (here and here) the idea of getting a reverse mentor. (In fact, I even have a reverse mentor. His name is Simon Anderson and he is one of the most promising young futurists I know.) Why a reverse mentor? The world is moving so fast that it…

20-Somethings to Drive Future Change

Posted in Automobile/Aerospace, Business, Business Model, Change, Future, Innovation, Insurance

A series of recent articles suggest that future earnings for “20-somethings” may be depressed in the future. That might very well be the case, but economists are historically awful at predicting how future technologies will disrupt old industries and jobs, create entirely new ones as well as change human behavior in some unexpected ways. Regardless…

Driving Faster into the Future with Supercomputers

Posted in Business, Computer/Semiconductor, Energy, Exponential Executive, Future, Futurist, Health Care, Healthcare Futurist, Trends

“Titan will be used for a variety of important research projects, including the development of more commercially viable biofuels, cleaner burning engines, safer nuclear energy, and more efficient solar power.” So states a recent press release from Cray announcing the creation of a new supercomputer capable of between 10 and 20 quadrillion calculations per second….

Coming to a Workplace Near You: Gaming

Posted in Business, Future, Futurist, Gaming, Retail/Marketing

Striving to make everyday business tasks more engaging, a growing number of firms, including International Business Machines Corp. and consulting firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd., are incorporating elements of videogames into the workplace. They’re deploying reward and competitive tactics commonly found in the gaming world to make tasks such as management training, data entry and brainstorming seem…

In the Future, It's All a Game

Posted in Business, Education, Future, Futurist, Gaming, Health Care, Healthcare Futurist, Insurance, Politics, Retail/Marketing

(Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, 20/20 Foresight: 20 Trends Which Will Transform Business in the Coming Decade, which I am writing with the able assistance of fellow futurist Simon Anderson, host of www.futur1st.com. This chapter covers trends in the emerging field of gaming dynamics.) A restroom in a Japanese pub might…

Five Future Trends for the Insurance Industry

Posted in Business, Data Mining, Future, Futurist, Genomics, Health Care, Insurance, Trends

Over the past few months, I have delivered a number of insurance oriented keynotes and, later this week, I’ll be addressing the LOMA Conference on Emerging Technologies for the Insurance Industry. While I cover a wide variety of trends in the information technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology sectors, here are five trends already impacting the insurance…

Extra, Extra, Read All About It: Change is the Only Constant

Posted in Business, Change, Future, Futurist, Health Care, Publishing

“There is nothing permanent except change.” –Hereclitus The pace of change is only accelerating yet, surprisingly, we don’t often see it–even when it is staring us in the face. To wit, yesterday, WellPoint announced it was going to “hire” Watson (IBM’s supercomputer) to help its doctors make better and faster medical diagnosis. One page later…

Directions to Your Customized Future

Posted in Business, Change, Future, Futurist, Government, Retail/Marketing, Transportation

“[We’re] operating with a scale of data that is way beyond what was possible even three years ago,” say Sam Madden, an MIT professor in this article discussing how continued advances in GPS and mobile technology are now able to deliver customized driving directions. The technology is so sophisticated that it will deliver different routes to the…


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