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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…


The Future Has Officially Arrived: Drone Delivered Beer

Posted in Agriculture, Business as Unusual, Crime, Defense, Future, Futurist, General, Humor, Robots

With summer just around the corner many of us will quench our thirst on hot days with an ice-cold beer. Now, thanks to some creative and innovative entrepreneurs in South Africa, you may soon be able to have that ice-cold beer delivered to you via a miniature drone. (See the 45-second video below). While obviously…


China's Future Forecast: Freezing with an Excellent Chance of Severe Labor Unrest

Posted in Business, China, Economy, Government, Robots

As a professional futurist and forecaster, I prefer to read the newspaper from back to front because I often find the most interesting items are buried on the back pages. To this end, this past week I stumbled upon this Wall Street Journal article explaining that Foxconn–the massive Chinese manufacturing company that employs thousands of…


See the Future, Today!

Posted in Energy, Future, Futurist, Higher Education, Robots

As a professional futurist and business forecaster one of my main responsibilities is to prepare people and organizations for the future. To do this, I try to heighten their awareness. There are a number of ways to accomplish this goal but the best and most powerful method is to simply be on the alert for…


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…


Driving into the Future

Posted in Aging Services, Automobile/Aerospace, Robots

An amazing three-minute video of a blind man using Google’s self-driving robotic car: With tens of millions of Baby-Boomers approaching their senior years, there is little doubt in my mind that self-driving cars will become big business by decade’s end.



Take One Robot and Call Me in the Morning

Posted in Health Care, Healthcare Futurist, Robots

Children’s Hospital in Boston is now experimenting with robots and allowing some patients to take the devices home with them to help with post-operative care and consultation. (It’s a wonderful example of my I listed robotics as Trend #2 in my annual list of Top Ten Trends in Healthcare for 2012.) For a better understanding…




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