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Nanotechnology in Action: "Solid Smoke"

Posted in Construction, Manufacturing, Nanotechnology

I speak frequently to officials in the building and construction trades and I’ve telling them about aerogels and “frozen smoke” (or “solid smoke”) for some time. Alas, it’s true that a picture (or in this case a video) is worth a thousand words. Please observe the scene with the blow torch. It’s impressive stuff. In…


3D Printings Looming Legal Problem

Posted in Future, Law, Manufacturing

I’m extremely bullish on the future of 3D printing. The field is not, however, without its problems. One of the lesser considered issues is the looming problem of digital rights. Earlier this year, it was reported that Capitols Records is suing ReDigi to prevent the company from allowing owners to resell their digital songs. The…




The Shape of Things to Come: 3D Printing

Posted in Future, Futurist, Manufacturing, Trends

(Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, 20/20 Foresight: A Futurist Looks Ahead to the Year 2020, that I am writing with the able assistance of fellow futurist Simon Anderson, host ofwww.futur1st.com. This chapter covers trends in the emerging field of 3D manufacturing.) In a non-descript lab in the mechanical engineering department…


A Futurist Foresees 1000-Fold Increase in Robotics

Posted in Agriculture, Business, Exponential Executive, Futurist, Health Care, Manufacturing, Robots

This past spring, I discussed (in the video below) how the field of robotics could grow 1000-fold in the coming decade. In practical terms, I said this meant that certain industries use of robotics would increase “from thousands of robots to millions.” At the time, my prediction was met with skepticism by some in the…


Future Scenario: Robotics

Posted in Business, Future, Futurist, Health Care, Manufacturing, Robots

(Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, 20/20 Foresight: A Futurist Looks Ahead to the Ten Trends That Will Shape the World of 2020, that I am writing with the able assistance of fellow futurist Simon Anderson, host ofwww.futur1st.com. This chapter covers advances in the field of robotics.) In the spring of…


Sensing a Revolution

Posted in Agriculture, Business, Future, Health Care, Manufacturing, Retail/Marketing

A diaper that tells a parent when it needs to be changed; slippers that can tell if Grandma needs to visit the doctor; or an implantable antenna that can tell a farmer when “Bessy the cow” is in heat. Such applications are just the beginning of the sensor revolution. By the end of the decade, the…


Unlearn … Just in Case

Posted in Business, General, Management, Manufacturing, New Cards, Retail, Supply Chain

The global supply chain is an impressive feat of modern management. The problem is that in its quest to squeeze out ever greater efficiencies with its "just-in-time" system of inventory it has left itself extremely vulnerable to large, rare and unpredictable events such as the recent Japanese earthquake-tsunami. Such events are, of course, unpredictable but…


Unlearning the Grid

Posted in Construction, Energy, General, Manufacturing, Speaking, Transportation, Wind Power

I'm in Eugene, Oregon today to give the keynote presentation at the conference celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Eugene Water and Electricity Board. The gist of my message is that as impressive as progress has been in the past century it will pale in comparison to what is coming in the next two decades….


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