1. Where is My Flying Car?

      First things first. Before we can have flying cars, we will need to go through the era of flying delivery drones Imagine yourself in 2030, 20 years in the future, sitting in your living room watching your favorite show on a 3D holographic display, and you witness a product placement scene where someone is eating one of the best pizzas you’ve ever seen. The depiction is so lifelike and intens…Read More

  2. The Urgency Paradox

    As people live longer, some aspects of life are beginning to slow down Tick, tick, tick. For virtually all working people, there is a clock ticking in the background. Tick, tick, tick. Much like the rhythm of a beating heart, the sound of time creates a rhythm for our lives, a world unfolding in iambic pentameter, pulsing to the tempo of life. Some have turned the clock into a sophisticated market…Read More

  3. The Coming of the Terabyters

      A new breed of worker, equipped with uber-geek data-capturing tools, are about to usher in a whole new information era Recently I was preparing for a talk on the future of money, a talk I have given many times in the past, and I became absorbed with one singular thought – the relationship between information and money. The value of a person, as an example, has traditionally been calculated b…Read More

  4. Next Generation Literacy

    "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who can't read & write, but those who can't learn, unlearn & relearn." - Alvin Toffler So what is literacy? The first time I listened to an audio book I thought I was cheating. As a child, reading for me seemed like a lot of work, and my teachers kept piling on more reading assignments, continually feeding into the notion that reading i…Read More

  5. A Country of 90,000 Governments

      The total number of governmental bodies in the U.S. is approaching a staggering number - 90,000. During normal economic times there is plenty of money to go around, but now every city, state, county, parish, township, and special taxing district is competing for the same tax dollars that the federal government is. Governmental entities are living, breathing organisms, each fighting for survival…Read More

  6. Maximum Freud

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yndJsNTy3E[/youtube] A few thoughts on "Maximum Freud" In 1972, I was young engineering student at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. One of the first courses I was required to take was a short-course on slide rules. For those of you who don’t know what a slide rule is – first came the abacus, then came the slide rule, and then came the cal…Read More

  7. Addressing the Problem of Addresses

    When Hurricane Katrina hit the city of New Orleans the US Post Office was faced with a major dilemma. For countless centuries, the modus operandi for the post office was to deliver mail to a location, and the individuals who lived at that location would stop by and pick up their mail. But following the hurricane, the floods had destroyed all of the "locations". Normally, if a location has been des…Read More

  8. Ghost Towns of the Internet

      When today’s data goldmines becomes tomorrow’s data carcasses In 1859 the tiny community of Tin Cup, Colorado got its first taste of gold fever. A tiny amount of gold was all it took for prospectors to start poking around with hopes of striking it rich. Twenty years later they landed their first major strike and rumors of the find spread across the country. By 1900, the once insignificant m…Read More

  9. The Day that Google Died

    It was a frenzy of activity as workers scurried from office to office, making their final checks, gathering books, papers, and personal belongings. Many were still stunned over the announcement that Google was closing its doors. The final minutes before the deadline were reserved for tearful hugs and remorseful goodbyes, but for the people of the world these brief moments of stunned silence would …Read More

  10. The Great Bank & Credit Card Backlash

      The smell of corruption is offending more than few nostrils Recent attempts by Congress and the Federal Reserve Board to curb the excessive fees being charged by credit cards, banks, and finance companies have resulted in a punitive industry response with interest rates and fees climbing in almost every category. This action has resulted in nothing short of a full-scale revolt by a victimized-f…Read More