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The Right Side of (Game) Change

Posted in Business as Unusual, Change, Disruptive Technology, Future, Future Proof, Futurist

If you want to stay on the right side of the future, the first thing to do is to acknowledge that the future will be different–perhaps radically different–than the present. With this in mind, here are ten game-changing technologies and trends it would behoove you to begin familiarizing yourself with today. Super Quantum Computers: Nvidia…


Here Comes the Future: 10 Game-Changers That Will Transform the World in 2016

Posted in Change, Disruptive Technology, Future, Future Proof, Futurist

  “The future is here. It just isn’t evenly distributed.” In 1983, the science-fiction author, William Gibson penned those prophetic words. They remain apropos for 2016 because ten existing technologies (listed below) are poised to change the game in virtually every business sector in the coming year. Blockchain: Double-entry bookkeeping and limited liability partnerships don’t…


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…


10 Unexpected Ways the Internet Of Things Will Open Up a Future of Opportunity

Posted in Disruptive Technology, Future, Future Proof, Internet/Information Tech

A common and popular vision of the Internet of Things—which I loosely define as the connection of billions of physical objects to the Internet through the use of low-cost sensors—is the example of an alarm clock smart enough to read your daily schedule, review the latest traffic and weather reports and then communicate this information…


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…


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…


39 Things That Should Keep Up Every Utility Executive At Night

Posted in Disruptive Technology, Energy, Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Nanotechnology, Solar, Utility

From the outside, the utility industry may appear to slow, cumbersome and resistant to change. These characterizations may or may not be fair, but I do know the industry is poised for extraordinary change in the years ahead and that what has served the industry well in the past won’t be sufficient for remaining competitive…


The Future’s Next Avalanche

Posted in Business, Business as Unusual, Change, Disruptive Technology, Future, Futurist

It has been said that you could study a grain of sand for a million years and never anticipate how a single grain might trigger an avalanche. With this metaphor in mind, I’d like you to contemplate a single sensor. By itself, it doesn’t amount to much. What happens, however, when 50 billion sensors are…


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