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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…


3D Manufacturing's Accelerating Future

Posted in Construction, Future, Futurist, Manufacturing

Yesterday, it was reported that two students at the University of Virginia had created a 3D-manufactured airplane capable of cruising at a speed of 45 miles per hour. More impressive was the fact that the students created the 6.5 foot airplane in four months at a cost of $4,000. To appreciate the significance of this…


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…


Nanotechnology in Action: "Solid Smoke"

Posted in Construction, Manufacturing, Nanotechnology

I speak frequently to officials in the building and construction trades and I’ve telling them about aerogels and “frozen smoke” (or “solid smoke”) for some time. Alas, it’s true that a picture (or in this case a video) is worth a thousand words. Please observe the scene with the blow torch. It’s impressive stuff. In…


3D Printings Looming Legal Problem

Posted in Future, Law, Manufacturing

I’m extremely bullish on the future of 3D printing. The field is not, however, without its problems. One of the lesser considered issues is the looming problem of digital rights. Earlier this year, it was reported that Capitols Records is suing ReDigi to prevent the company from allowing owners to resell their digital songs. The…




The Shape of Things to Come: 3D Printing

Posted in Future, Futurist, Manufacturing, Trends

(Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, 20/20 Foresight: A Futurist Looks Ahead to the Year 2020, that I am writing with the able assistance of fellow futurist Simon Anderson, host ofwww.futur1st.com. This chapter covers trends in the emerging field of 3D manufacturing.) In a non-descript lab in the mechanical engineering department…


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…


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…


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