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Do You Need a Reverse Mentor?

Posted in Business as Unusual, Future Proof, Mentor, The Way We See the Problem

Below is a math question from an admissions test for an elementary school in Hong Kong. The question was part of an admissions test for first-graders. They had 20 seconds to answer. Can you solve it? If not, you might want to consider getting a reverse mentor.

Half of the Predictions About the Future Are Wrong

Posted in Ambiguity, Future Proof, Futurist, Humility, Uncategorized

Advertising pioneer John Wanamaker once quipped, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” As a futurist, I’d like to put my own spin on this quotation and modify it by saying, “Half of the predictions I hear about the future are wrong; the trouble is I don’t know…

What Does a Good Futurist Look Like?

Posted in Future, Future Proof, Futurist

Contrary to popular belief, futurists can’t see into the future–and, should you happen to run into one that claims to have this unique skill, my best advice is to run away as fast as you can because they are flat-out lying. If a good futurist can’t “see into the future” you might ask, “What do they…

Futurist Jack Uldrich’s Predictions for 2015

Posted in Future, Future Proof

(Editorial note: The “predictions” are not to be taken literally. Rather, each is reflective of a broader technological trend that will impact and influence the year ahead). The New Tesla “Bug.” In January, Tesla’s stock will plunge 23 percent on news that an undisclosed number of its new SUV’s were hacked during rush hour. The…

Seeing What You Can’t See

Posted in Future Proof

The more time I spend as a futurist, the more humble I become. As a visual learner, I’ve become fond of analogies or metaphors that help keep me humble–often, by reminding me of my ignorance. The New York Times recently published this piece, What North Dakota Would Look Like If Its Oil Lines Were Above Ground, and…

Kiss the Future

Posted in Future, Future Proof, Futurist

I’m in New York City this Thanksgiving, and yesterday I went to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. One of the stranger sights was seeing “Kiss”–the Rock Band from the late 1970’s–perform. To me, it was a tangible reminder of how things once considered “fringe” have a curious way of becoming mainstream over time. As…

10 “Game Changing” Technologies Poised to Transform the World in 2015

Posted in Future, Future Proof

The past year has witnessed a series of startling advances. In March, researchers at Harvard used a 3D printer to construct a blood vessel. It is an advance could prove critical in printing fully functioning kidneys. In May, scientists at The Scripps Research Institute revealed they had created a new life form by adding DNA…

Extra, Extra, Read All About It: 700 Universities to Close!

Posted in Education, Future, Future Proof, Higher Education

The above headline isn’t real but it soon could be if technological advances and shifting consumer habits disrupt higher educational institutions at the same rate as the Internet affected the newspaper industry. In fact, if students turn away from today’s expensive universities and colleges at a rate comparable to that which readers and advertisers fled…

The Aerial Vehicle of the Future: Pilot Optional

Posted in Future, Future Proof, Futurist

Today, we refer to drones as “unmanned aerial vehicles.” In the future, the term “unmanned” will disapear and the majority of aerial vehicles will simply be assumed to be to unmanned. To understand why, read how the U.S. Army has turned its iconic helicopter, the Black Hawk, into a pilotless vehicle. Interested in learning of…

Another Way to Think of the Internet of Things: Drop the "Things"

Posted in Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Internet/Information Tech

One of my many strategies for thinking about the future includes the dropping of words. This old post explains the concept but an example of the idea can be found in the term “color TV.” When most television sets were black-and-white it was necessary to add the word “color” as a necessary descriptor for new…


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