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Five Future Trends for the Utility Industry

Posted in Energy, Future, Futurist, Utility

In the coming weeks I’ll be addressing a number of utility-related organizations, including delivering keynote presentations at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s 2012 Touchstone Emerging Technology Conference in Fort Myers; the Minnesota Rural Electric Cooperative’s Annual Conference in St. Paul; and the Western Energy Institutes 2012 Spring Energy Symposium in Las Vegas. I’ll be…

Shifting Power: The Future of Electricity

Posted in Energy, Environmentalism, Future, Futurist, Utility

(Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from our forthcoming book, 20/20 Foresight: A Futurist Looks Ahead to the Ten Trends That Will Shape the World of 2020, which I am writing with the able assistance of fellow futurist Simon Anderson. This chapter takes a look at the future of electricity.) In the spring of 2014, the…

Is a New Vision of the Future Blowing in the Wind?

Posted in Energy, Utility

MIT Technology Review has an interesting video on a new wind turbine currently undergoing development. I have no idea if it’ll work but, as the picture suggests, the one thing I do know is that the future of energy will look different than we expect. Related posts by futurist Jack Uldrich: Unlearning May Be Blowing…

The Future of Biofuels

Posted in Agriculture, Biofuels, Energy, Genomics

“The scope of what you can do is expanding as the cost of sequencing is dropping like a rock.” The above quotation is from Andrew Paterson who led the sorghum sequencing project. Sorghum might not sound all that exciting but it is the number two biofuel crop in America after corn. If sorghum can be genetically manipulated…

The Future of Energy: Technology Changing Technology

Posted in Change, Energy, Future, Innovation, Nanotechnology, Oil, Solar, Technology

“In recent years, advances in computer processing power have allowed geologists to make sense of seismic data 15,000 feet or more below the ocean floor. Three-dimensional imaging and seismic mapping are now possible even below thick layers of salt, which used to blur views of untapped reservoirs. Superstrong alloys allow drill bits to go into…

Sustainability & the Future

Posted in Agriculture, Energy

I’m in Winnipeg, Manitoba today to deliver the opening keynote at BioFibe 2011. One of the more significant trends I’ll be discussing is synthetic biology. To better appreciate the field’s vast potential, consider this recent quote from the October 17, 2011 Wall Street Journal article, A Faster Path to Biofuels: “The technology has the exciting…

Driving Faster into the Future with Supercomputers

Posted in Business, Computer/Semiconductor, Energy, Exponential Executive, Future, Futurist, Health Care, Healthcare Futurist, Trends

“Titan will be used for a variety of important research projects, including the development of more commercially viable biofuels, cleaner burning engines, safer nuclear energy, and more efficient solar power.” So states a recent press release from Cray announcing the creation of a new supercomputer capable of between 10 and 20 quadrillion calculations per second….

The State of the Future: 13 Years From Now

Posted in Energy, Future, Futurist, Health Care, Impossible, Life Science/Pharmaceutical

The think tank known as The Millenium Project has recently published a new report, “The State of the World 2011.” One particular paragraph caught my attention because it reinforces a concept (accelerating change) I’ve been espousing for some time: “The coming biological revolution may change civilization more profoundly than did the industrial or information revolutions.”…


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