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Top Ten Healthcare Trends by Futurist Jack Uldrich

Posted in Future, Futurist, Genomics, Health Care, Healthcare Futurist, Keynote Speaking, Life Science/Pharmaceutical, Nanotechnology, Robots, TED Talks

1. Genes That Fit—Finally! (Genomics): The price of sequencing a gene has plummeted 100 million-fold since 1998 and, amid continued exponential progress in sequencing technology, the field shows no sign of abating. This suggests that the cost of sequencing the 3 billion genes in an individual’s genome will drop from $10,000 today to less than…


Here Comes Alpha Dog!

Posted in Defense, Robots

A few weeks ago, my colleague Simon Anderson speculated that in the near future the number of robotic soldiers would exceed the number of human soldiers in this edition of The Tomorrow Times. To understand why this vision is coming to fruition faster than many people expect, I invite you to watch the latest video…



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…


Robots to Cause Political and Economic Tension in China

Posted in China, Economy, Politics, Robots

Foxconn, a large manufacturer of computer and electronic components in China, announced recently it intends to increase the number of robots it employs from 10,000 to 1 million–in the next three years! This is nothing short of astounding and offers yet another example of the power of exponential growth. Beyond its immediate impact for Foxconn as…


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…


Here Come the Robots

Posted in Robots

Yesterday, I suggested robots will soon do a lot more than fetch robots. In this spirit, I invite you watch this amazing two-minute video of a new ABB robot in action.


Rolling into the Future (with Robotics & Smartphones)

Posted in Robots

At the CES show one of the big hits is a robotic ball, created by Sphero, that can be controlled with a smartphone. Currently, the emphasis is on innovative games but I’d encourage you to think deeper and broader about the potential applications. For example, when the robotic device is also hooked with a low…


Navigating the Future with Robots

Posted in Robots

Another impressive video demonstrating how advanced robotics are becoming. It won’t be long before these little buggers are replacing both toys and pets in people’s houses.


Sliding into the Future

Posted in Robots

On this day in 1947, the sleek Italian racing car named for its developer, Enzo Ferrari, made its racing debut. Since that time, Ferrari’s have continued to improve and get better. With this little history lesson in mind, I encourage you to watch this video of a robotic car executing a nearly flawless “sliding park”…


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