DaVinci Institute – Futurist Speaker

Don't Get Blindsided By The Future


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    “122 Things” you will be able to do in the library of the future that you can’t do today

    It all started with a conversation I had with the National Library of Greece a couple weeks ago. As they shared with me their plans for constructing a massive new National Library, a beautiful facility they hope to open next year, they started asking my thoughts on how to “future proof” their new facility. As I advised them to operate it more as a laboratory for future libraries, where their …Read More

  2. Transformative Tech Playbook

    The Transformative Tech Playbook – Eight Emerging Internet-Sized Opportunities

    When it comes to innovation it’s always hard to point to that exact moment when an invention, contribution, or individual caused the course of history to change. But there’s something about the right combination of ideas, technology, and personalities that creates a new force of nature. Most of it is driven by unsung heroes, slaving over a project or detail that virtually no one will ever kno…Read More

  3. Will we still like who we’re about to become?

    The Immortal Human: Do we truly understand the problem we’re trying to solve?

    Imagine what it will be like attending the Olympics in 2248. Men and women competing in their respective sports will range in age from 16 to 212. The oldest competitor is now in his 38th Olympic competition, and young people have complained for years how hard it is to break into some of the elite sports when old time veterans continued to strengthen their techniques and are addicted to the winner…Read More

  4. 72 Stunning Future Things 1

    72 stunning things in the future that will be common ten years from now that don’t exist today

    How many things do we own, that are common today, that didn’t exist 10 years ago? The list is probably longer than you think. Prior to the iPhone coming out in 2007, we didn’t have smartphones with mobile apps, decent phone cameras for photos/videos, mobile maps, mobile weather, or even mobile shopping. None of the mobile apps we use today existed 10 years ago: Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, I…Read More

  5. Future Healthcare 1


    Every 10 seconds, another 17 people die. In the time it takes me to walk across a typical stage for my talks, another 15-20 people will lose their life. 151,600 is the number of people that die every day in the world. Some die from old age, infectious disease, car accidents, cancer, childbirth, heart attacks, suicide, gunshots, or any of dozens of different causes. The ending of human life is a s…Read More

  6. Evil AI 4

    The Seven Deadly Sins of Machine Intelligence

    The year is 2028 and James Mathews has been summoned to appear in front of Winston III, the famous AI Judge overseeing an electronic courtroom, set up as a pilot project, but many have already dubbed it the justice system of the future. Mathews, the defendant for this test case, has developed an image-forming technology that captures reflections of reflections, and through these obscure light fra…Read More

  7. Spontaneous Warzones 10

    Spontaneous Warzones and the Future Tech Needed to Stop Them

    If you haven’t been paying attention, incidents like the shootout in Paris and the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando are increasing. Yes, we do have more crazed people with weapons, but we are also dealing with some foundational shifts away from existing systems for resolving conflict and witnessing a more distributed form of modern warfare. People who think that wars are only fought with soldiers, gu…Read More

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    Creating the World’s First Neural Lace Network

    Elon Musk recently added a new twist to his vision for tech-related accomplishments by saying he was interested in creating a “neural lace.” For a little background, science fiction author Iain M. Banks first coined the term “neural lace” in The Culture series. In these novels, people living on another planet installed genetically engineered glands in their brains capable of secreting sti…Read More

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    Megaprojects Set to Explode to 24% of Global GDP Within a Decade

    Gone are the days where people are impressed by projects costing $10-$50 million or even $100 million. We are witnessing an explosion in the number of $1 billion+ projects with some, like the artificial archipelago being built in Azerbaijan, Turkey’s massive Urban Renewal project in Istanbul, and the new construction of Masjid Al Haram in Saudi Arabia each exceeding $100 billion. But even thes…Read More

  10. Nine Tough Questions 1

    Five Tough Questions: The Warsaw School of Economics Interview

    The Warsaw School of Economics is the oldest, most prestigious, and top-ranked business school in Poland. Dr. Piotr Turek received his PhD in Economics there and went on to become a fellow futurist and new media expert in Warsaw where he works as a journalist, lecturer and mobile/web services expert. In early January, Piotr contacted me and asked if he could interview me for a series of publicati…Read More

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“Very Inspiring…”

Thanks again for your very inspiring presentation at the meeting in Feldafing last week. Very much enjoyed your thoughts.

Dr. Helmuth Ludwig, Executive Vice President - Siemens


Thanks so much for presenting to the IIABA Trusted Choice Board yesterday.  Wow!  What a fun, scary, enlightening experience! 

Pamela Adams

Pamela Adams