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The Future is Closer Than You Think

Posted in Behavior, Education, Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Government, Health Care, Retail/Marketing, Transportation, Trends

Yesterday, I released my annual predictions for 2014, and a few weeks ago I shared with you 10 Game-Changing Technological Trends That Will Transform Tomorrow. In the sprit that more is better, and a different perspective is always welcome, I’d like to share with you IBM’s annual “5 in 5” series–5 predictions for the next…


Is FitBit the "Pager" of the Future?

Posted in Future, Futurist, Trends, Wearable Technology

I really enjoy my FitBit but as I continue to watch the progress being made in the field of wearable computing, I can’t help but think the FitBit (and FuelBand) will soon become this generation’s equivalent of the pager–simple, elegant and practical devices doomed to be replaced by ever more elegant, multi-functional wearable devices. Your…


Touch, Taste, See, Hear and Smell the Future

Posted in Future, Futurist, Health Care, Trends

In its annual “5 in 5” prediction, IBM says that by 2017, we will see the rise of cognitive computers — machines that can experience the world in a manner comparable to five senses. The video at the bottom of this post provides a brief description of “the rise of cognitive computing” but here are…


Give the Green-Light to Taxi Apps

Posted in Future, Futurist, Government, Social Media, Transportation, Trends

Last December, I published my annual list of predictions for the coming year. Number 9 on the list was “Networked Traffic” and I wrote: The labor union representing Munich taxi drivers will seek an injunction against the social networks claiming they enable individual drivers to act as taxi companies and should therefore be subject to…


Listen Up Carefully: You Can Hear the Future of Manufacturing

Posted in Business as Unusual, Disruptive Technology, Future, Futurist, Manufacturing, Music, Trends

In my latest book, Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow, I devote an entire chapter to how 3D printing will transform not only the manufacturing sector but everyday life. To understand how rapidly 3D printing is advancing, consider just these three unrelated developments from the world of music: 1. Bloomberg News is…


Fast Tracking Economic Development

Posted in Economy, Education, Future, Futurist, Trends

Yesterday, I was in Indianapolis speaking to economic development officials at the National Rural Economic Development Association’s (NREDA) annual meeting. One of the many growing trends I encouraged them to consider was the possibility of an exponentially more powerful Internet. Next week, Google will be unveiling “Google Fiber” in Kansas City. It promises Internet 100…


10 Ways Google's "Project Glass" Might Change Things

Posted in Future, Futurist, General, Health Care, Healthcare Futurist, Innovation, Internet/Information Tech, Retail/Marketing, Telecommunications, Trends

As I wrote in an earlier post, Google is only 13 years old; Facebook is a mere 8 years old; and the iPhone just turned five. Each has impacted the world in some surprising and unexpected ways. From my perspective as a futurist, Google’s “Project Glass” (which offers enhanced augmented reality as well as the…


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…


Look Past the Front Page to See the Future

Posted in Future, Futurist, Trends

You can see the future … if you know where to look. One good place to look is on the inside of the newspaper. For example, here are just four articles from the inside of today’s newspaper: Article #1 discusses the driverless car. Article #2 talks about the “officeless office.” Article #3 notes that for…


Growing Up Everywhere: The Future of Farming

Posted in Agriculture, Food, Future, Futurist, Trends

(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. This chapter takes a look at the future of agriculture.) On a 7,000 acre farm in…


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