1. A peek into the scandalous future world of hyper-influence marketing

    Television producers have never been more in demand. With both Facebook and Apple recently announcing their own $1 billion budgets for creating original television content, the entertainment industry is about to enter a whole new era, with premium content creating the latest high stakes battlefield. The amount of money being directed toward the production of original content is now reaching epic p…Read More

  2. Our Newest Unit of Measure – 1 Human Intelligence Unit

    I’ve been closely watching the debate on artificial intelligence with people like Rodney Brooks saying it’s only a tool, and others like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking giving bone chilling warnings of how it could lead to the destruction of all humanity. As I was pondering these differing points of view, it occurred to me that we currently don’t have any real way of measuring the potency of A…Read More

  3. Peak electricity and 17 seismic forces of change that will make you want to shift careers

    It happened in 2007. Ten years ago the trajectory for electrical use in America peaked and started down a different course, declining for reasons we don’t fully understand yet. No, this wasn’t a one-time drop but a clear shift, moving in a new downward direction that continues to this day. There should have been celebrations and parades, even dancing in the streets, but no one noticed. In much…Read More

  4. Freelancer College :: Blueprint for Disruption

    Parents often ask me what their kids should be studying in college. The answer, however, is never as straightforward as they’d like because college is not always a good solution. If a parent’s primary objective is for their kids to find a job, they should drop out today. Colleges aren’t about getting jobs, well, at least not directly. There are many ways to learn job skills but traditional c…Read More

  5. The Coming Meat Wars – 17 Mind-Blowing Predictions

    In November of 2015, I was asked to speak on the future of agriculture in Auckland, NZ along with some of the leading authorities on food innovation. One of the other speakers was Dr. Mark Post, founder of Mosa Meats in Maastricht, Netherlands, who created the first lab-grown hamburger. We had several conversations over the two days we spent together, but I remember Mark saying that his goal was t…Read More

  6. 78 Skills that will be Difficult to Automate

    Recently my wife Deb and I were eating at a local sushi restaurant, watching the itamae (sushi chefs) carefully preparing each meal. In Japan, becoming an itamae of sushi requires years of on-the-job training and apprenticeship. For this reason, I asked Deb if she would prefer eating sushi that was prepared by humans or the same kind of meals prepared by machines. After thinking about it for a bi…Read More

  7. 14 Fallacies of the Coming Robot Apocalypse

    Over the past few weeks I’ve come across a growing number of tirades warning us of the dangers of robots. If you were concerned about A.I. in the past, once it’s tied to a robot, the warnings seem to escalate to imminent peril. Each of these writers seems to reach the same conclusion, that super smart robots will soon be taking all of our jobs, and humanity is doomed. The biggest misconception…Read More

  8. 25 Shocking Predictions about the Coming Driverless Car Era in the U.S.

    The night before my talk for the Texas Transportation forum in Austin, Texas, my wife and I were involved in a car accident. Since Uber and Lyft no longer operate in Austin, we were riding in the back of a Ride Austin vehicle. With an oncoming car that erroneously turned in front of us at an intersection, and a few panic-filled seconds of stomping on brakes and bracing for impact, we ended up in a…Read More

  9. Inside the Mind of a Futurist – April 10-14, 2017

    A little over two years ago I mentioned a new anticipatory thinking tool I’ve developed called “situational futuring.” It helps me gain better insight into the world ahead. Until now I hadn’t given too many details about how it worked, but I recently decided to reveal the entire process and how to apply it. While I’ve been very protective about the crazy brain games I use for develo…Read More

  10. Building the World’s First Graphene Superconductor Power Grid

    In 2002 when Dr. Bor Jang, a little know researcher in Akron, Ohio filed his patent for graphene, few people had a clue as to how revolutionary it would be. Certainly not the people at the Nobel Foundation who forgot to check the patent registry and instead awarded the Nobel Prize for graphene to scientists Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov from the University of Manchester. As the poster child for …Read More