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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…


Beware of the Invisible Gun of the Near Future

Posted in Convergence, Crime, Disruptive Technology, Future, Futurist, Manufacturing, Police, Risk

Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed delivered a real “shot heard around the world” last week when he demonstrated an operational 3D printed gun. As profound as this event is, the future is about to become even stranger–and more frightening. This is because researchers at Duke University have just created a simple invisibility cloak using a…


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…


The Higher Education Bubble is Bursting

Posted in Disruptive Technology, Education, Future, Futurist, Higher Education

The air leaking out of the higher education bubble has just increased from a faint whisper to an audible hiss. Yesterday, the American Council of Education announced it will begin offering college credit for five different MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). This is significant because what makes MOOCs so unique is that they are offered…


Listen Up Carefully: You Can Hear the Future of Manufacturing

Posted in Business as Unusual, Disruptive Technology, Future, Futurist, Manufacturing, Music, Trends

In my latest book, Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow, I devote an entire chapter to how 3D printing will transform not only the manufacturing sector but everyday life. To understand how rapidly 3D printing is advancing, consider just these three unrelated developments from the world of music: 1. Bloomberg News is…


Will Learning a Foreign Language Be Unnecessary in the Future?

Posted in Business, Disruptive Technology, Education, Future, Futurist, General, Innovation, Internet/Information Tech, Predictions

Last week, I shared with you 10 ways Google’s new “Project Glass” might change the world around us. Smithsonian is now reporting that some clever innovators are already experimenting with the technology to deliver real-time foreign voice translation. The video below is a little slow and the wearer’s googles look quite unappealing but I encourage…


See the Future in Yesterday's Past

Posted in Disruptive Technology, Education, Future, Futurist, Gaming, Higher Education, Predictions, Retail/Marketing, Technology, Trends

The accelerating pace of change is often difficult for the average person to comprehend. As a futurist, business forecaster and frequent conference speaker, I have often use recent history to remind people of how much we’ve lived through in the past few years. For example, Google is only 13 years-old–a mere teenager. Facebook is just…


Handing Over the Future to Robots

Posted in Disruptive Technology, Future, Futurist, Health Care, Healthcare Futurist, Robots

This might seem like a trivial thing but I’d like to suggest otherwise: Researchers in Japan have developed a robot that beats a person in the game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” 100 percent of the time. 100 percent! The robot does this by using technology to recognize its competitors gesture a single millisecond after the…


The Future of the eBook

Posted in Change, Disruptive Technology, Do the Impossible, Education, Higher Education

I’m in Princeton, New Jersey today to deliver a keynote presentation on the future of the eBook. Many people want to know if “the book is dead?” That’s the wrong question to ask. The correct question is this: Has the book ever been more alive?


The Future's New Rules of the Road

Posted in Change, Creativity, Disruptive Technology, Future, Higher Education, Innovation, Unlearning

“It’s sad that we never get trained to leave assumptions behind.” “We should question all the rules–we should break all the rules.” “I like to put myself in the most uncomfortable position.” These three wonderful quotes (found in this article: What’s Next for Silicon Valley) come from Sebastian Thurn, the iconoclastic thinker and doer behind…


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