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Futurist Jack Uldrich’s Predictions for 2017

Posted in Future, Futurist, Predictions

(Editor’s note: These predictions are offered in the spirit of light-hearted fun and are not intended to be taken literally. Each merely reflects a broader trend that readers can expect to see, experience or read about in the coming year. For a more realistic perspective on each trend, click on the embedded links. Enjoy!) Amazon’s…


Futurist Jack Uldrich’s Predictions for 2016

Posted in Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Predictions

(Editor’s note: These predictions are offered in the spirit of light-hearted fun and are not intended to be taken literally. Each merely reflects a broader trend that readers can expect to see, experience or read about in the coming year. For a more realistic perspective on each trend, click on the embedded links. Enjoy!) Christian…


Global Futurist Jack Uldrich’s 2014 Predictions

Posted in Future, Futurist, Predictions

(Editorial note: An exaggerated level of specificity—and, in some cases, humor—has been added to each prediction for the reader’s enjoyment. The trend or technology behind each “prediction” is real but are not intended to be taken literally. Rather, each is merely demonstrative of a broader trend that will continue to shape society in the coming…


Futurist Jack Uldrich's 2013 Predictions

Posted in Aging Services, Business, Cancer, Education, Future, Futurist, General, Health Care, Healthcare Futurist, Jobs, Manufacturing, Nanotechnology, Predictions, Transportation

#1. First Heart A-Hack Victim. In January, an Arizona socialite will be charged with murder after it was uncovered she hired a former disgruntled employee of a leading medical device firm to hack into her cheating husband’s pacemaker and deliver a lethal shock to his heart. Shares of the company’s stock will plummet on the…


Vuja De: A Futurist Looks Back at His Own Predictions

Posted in Future, Futurist, Predictions

I recently traveled to Vancouver to deliver a keynote presentation to an internationally recognized engineering and construction firm. The title of my talk was “Vuja De: Using the Past to Create the Future.” (In case you’re wondering, vuja de is loosely defined as “that feeling of entering a situation you’ve been in a thousand times,…


Optimistic About Dementia: Am I Demented?

Posted in Aging Services, Futurist, Health Care, Healthcare Futurist, Predictions

“I have observed that not the man who hopes when others despair, but the man who despairs when others hope, is admired by a large class of persons as a sage.” –John Stuart Mill I recently finished reading Matt Ridley’s excellent book, The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves. The timing couldn’t have been better because…


Beware of Overly Confident Forecasters – And Futurists

Posted in Business, Business as Unusual, Future, Futurist, Predictions

Nate Silver in his new book, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—But Some Don’t, makes a profound point: Certainty is actually correlated with making worse forecasts. Let me repeat that: Certainty is actually correlated with making worse forecasts. In other words, the more certain you are of your forecast or prediction,…


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…


Moderating the Future Via Twitter

Posted in Advertising, Business, Data Mining, Future, Futurist, Politics, Predictions, Retail/Marketing

Late last year, I released my annual list of predictions for 2012. In Trend #3 on “Augmented Political Reality” I wrote: “a new wave of social media political consultants will monitor live Twitter streams and use the feedback to adjust candidates’ teleprompter speeches in real time.” To this end, this article (Why Viewers Could Soon…


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