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Futurist Jack Uldrich’s 2019 Game Changers

Posted in Automobile/Aerospace, Economy, Future, Futurist, Health Care, Internet, Internet/Information Tech, Manufacturing, Plastics, Robotics, Technology

As a professional futurist, I don’t claim to predict the future. However, the two things I’m confident in stating are: 1) Today is the slowest rate of change we will ever experience again; and 2) the greatest change today is the rate of change. The world is accelerating and it’s imperative that business leaders spend…

Another Way to Think of the Internet of Things: Drop the "Things"

Posted in Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Internet/Information Tech

One of my many strategies for thinking about the future includes the dropping of words. This old post explains the concept but an example of the idea can be found in the term “color TV.” When most television sets were black-and-white it was necessary to add the word “color” as a necessary descriptor for new…

The Internet of Things & The Jetson’s

Posted in Analogy, Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Internet/Information Tech

Did you know the cartoon series The Jetson’s was originally released in September of 1963? Also, the program wasn’t a commercial success and only 26 episodes were ever produced. The program’s relative failure may, perhaps, surprise you—especially if, like me, you grew up watching countless re-runs of the program. The reason the program didn’t meet…

What Will the Internet of the Future Look Like?

Posted in Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Internet/Information Tech

Over the coming months, I’m scheduled to deliver a series of 12 keynote presentations across the United States for Verizon Wireless on “How the Internet of Things Will Transform Business.” I have written a little about the “Internet of Things” here but it’d be presumptuous for me or anyone to claim that they will know…

10 Unexpected Ways the Internet Of Things Will Open Up a Future of Opportunity

Posted in Disruptive Technology, Future, Future Proof, Internet/Information Tech

A common and popular vision of the Internet of Things—which I loosely define as the connection of billions of physical objects to the Internet through the use of low-cost sensors—is the example of an alarm clock smart enough to read your daily schedule, review the latest traffic and weather reports and then communicate this information…

10 Game-Changing Technological Trends Transforming Tomorrow

Posted in Business as Unusual, Business Model, Change, Convergence, Disruptive Technology, Education, Energy, Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Health Care, Healthcare Futurist, Higher Education, Innovation, Internet/Information Tech, Regenerative Medicine

We live in amazing times and our world is about to become even more amazing in the near future due to a plethora of game changing technologies. To understand why, it first helps to consider just a few of the technologies and trends that did not make my list: 3D printers, flying drones, low-cost robotics,…

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…

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…

The Hyper-Interactive Experience of the Future

Posted in Business Model, Change, Internet/Information Tech, Social Media

I’m in Dallas today to deliver a keynote presentation to the National Multi-Housing Council. The title of the talk is quite lengthy, “How the Internet is Creating a New Type of Consumer; Why Social Networks are Essential Anchoring Tools; and How Great Storytelling and Extended Relationships Will Enable Businesses to Engage with Customers in New…

The Future is Ironic

Posted in Future, Futurist, Internet/Information Tech, Metaphor

I love irony. It is one reason I enjoy telling the story of how Bethlehem Steel’s once mighty steel plant has been converted into the National Museum of Industrial History by the Smithsonian Institute. In this same spirit, I just stumbled across this nugget on the Mim’s Bits Blog. It seems the massive 1.4 million…


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