1. Weaponized A.I. – 36 Early Examples

    Of all the topics I've written about, this one scares me the most. Yes, artificial intelligence, one of humanity’s greatest achievements, can also unleash the seeds of our own destruction. Weaponized A.I. will range from relatively minor weapons designed to change a specific action to nation-vs-nation full-blown A.I. wars. Artificial intelligence, while still in its infancy, is growing up fast. …Read More

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 60 future crimes that don’t exist today

    Most of our heroes were rule breakers. Yes, virtually everyone that holds a prominent place in our history books was a rebel, rule breaker, and occasional criminal. No, I’m not saying these people should have been arrested, but I think it’s safe to assume that others may have been imprisoned and perhaps even killed for committing similar crimes. But crimes in the future will require even great…Read More

  5. 21 startling ways the future of retail will shift in the self-driving mobile business era

    We first started discussing this topic when I posed the question, “Will there still be RVs after we shift over to driverless technologies?” The answer came quickly, “Sure, why not?” But as we removed the driver from the equation it opened the door to a vast array of new types of businesses that separate themselves from a permanent location. The number one challenge of traditional retail ha…Read More

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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