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Wanted: More Dragon-Slayers

Posted in Business as Unusual, Education, Future, Future Proof, Futurist

On many early maps, there was often a Latin phrase, HC Svnt Dracones. It translates into ‘Here are dragons.” In reality, the slogan was little more than the cartographers attempt to conceal their ignorance. Of course, with time and better technology, our maps got better and the dragons disappeared. This metaphor is worth keeping in…

Harvard’s Plan to Dominate Higher Education

Posted in Education, Future, Futurist, Higher Education

The faint whisper of the air leaking from the higher education “bubble” turned into an audible hiss earlier this month when the American Council of Education (ACE) announced it was certifying five free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). As this accreditation trend grows, the hiss will become a gale force wind that will leave only…

The Higher Education Bubble is Bursting

Posted in Disruptive Technology, Education, Future, Futurist, Higher Education

The air leaking out of the higher education bubble has just increased from a faint whisper to an audible hiss. Yesterday, the American Council of Education announced it will begin offering college credit for five different MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). This is significant because what makes MOOCs so unique is that they are offered…

10 Quotations on the Future of Education

Posted in Education, Future, Futurist, Higher Education, Quotes

1. “There’s a tsunami coming.” Stanford President, John Hennessey discussing the future of online education. 2. “We are reinventing education. This will change the world.” Anant Agarwal, Head of edX, discussing the new consortium in this article. (Agarwal also called edX “the biggest change in education since the invention of the printing press” is this…

Ten Trends Transforming Government Today

Posted in Education, Future, Futurist, Government, Higher Education

Given all the talk about “fiscal cliffs,” budget ceilings, deficits, crumbling bridges, struggling schools and gridlock—both traffic and political, the list of issues confronting government leaders can appear daunting and the future bleak. It isn’t. Here are ten trends transforming government that promise a brighter tomorrow: 1. The Internet of Things. For the past year,…

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…

Nina Meet Siri

Posted in Aging Services, Business, Business Model, Change, Education, Future, Futurist, Health Care, Higher Education, Retail/Marketing

As computers become ever more powerful, it’s difficult for some people to comprehend what will soon be possible. For example, after IBM’s Watson supercomputer defeated Jeopardy’s top two human champions, it might not have been obvious how the same technology would soon be helping doctors make better, faster, more affordable and more accurate cancer diagnosis….

Speaking of Jobs: A World of Possibilities

Posted in Business, Business Model, Creativity, Education, Future, Futurist, Innovation

Yesterday, I shared how Google’s new “Project Glass” might soon allow users to receive real-time voice translations of foreign conversations and, thus, render the need to learn a second language unnecessary. Many people–especially pessimists–immediately grasp how the technology might cause some foreign language instructors to lose their jobs. This is overly simplistic. I’d also encourage…

Will Learning a Foreign Language Be Unnecessary in the Future?

Posted in Business, Disruptive Technology, Education, Future, Futurist, General, Innovation, Internet/Information Tech, Predictions

Last week, I shared with you 10 ways Google’s new “Project Glass” might change the world around us. Smithsonian is now reporting that some clever innovators are already experimenting with the technology to deliver real-time foreign voice translation. The video below is a little slow and the wearer’s googles look quite unappealing but I encourage…

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…


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