1. The Hornet Nest Theory

      An atypical test for spotting financial system failure In nature, the Asian Giant Hornet is a predator that feeds off bees with the goal of obtaining the honey bee larvae. One of these hornets can kill as many as 40 honey bees per minute. It takes only a small amount of these hornets a scant few hours to exterminate the entire population of a 30,000-member hive, leaving a trail of severed insec…Read More

  2. When Smart Grid Meets Smart Home

      Way back when guys were sporting white leisure suits and “mod” hair styles, I enrolled in my first programming class. In 1973, programmers were introduced to the far less glamorous world of FORTRAN working with machines that churned out punch cards. Like electricity, computer power was a precious commodity that was closely metered. As a more mature industry, electric power had become a stap…Read More

  3. Future Trends Report :: 8 Key Trends Affecting Our Future

    If you are feeling left behind by all of the changes happening around us, you're not alone. In this week's Future Trend Report we are finding that there are currently nearly 90,000 local governmental entities that have sprung to life in the US. This includes counties, municipalities, and townships as well as single- purpose governments such as school districts and special districts. We have also i…Read More

  4. The Museum of the Future

    Establishing a new standard for cultural relevance Just mention the word museum and a myriad of images come to mind. Folks line up for blocks for a King Tut exhibit. Visitors swarm extravagant nanotechnology and human anatomy displays. Static displays have been the bread and butter for years. That is changing. Museums these days seem to cater more and more to the fun-science junkie in us. There is…Read More

  5. Top 8 Future Trend Report

    According to Wikipedia, "futurology is the philosophy, science, art and practice of postulating possible, probable, and preferable futures and the worldviews and myths that underlie them. Futurist studies seek to understand what is likely to continue, what is likely to change, and what is novel." Because of our unusually fast changing society it become more important than ever to keep our ears to …Read More

  6. Empty Playgrounds: Global Populations in Decline

    Many countries are asking, "Where have all the children gone?" In the next sixty seconds 245 babies will be born worldwide. India and China alone will add 36 and 29 respectively. When numbers such as these are reported by the news media they paint a very gloomy picture of the world to come. This portrayal is seriously misleading. The population bomb is a misfire. Notions that a massive wave of hum…Read More

  7. The Future of Influence

      The changing nature of super influencers and their evolving impact on the world around you Clergymen, columnists and teachers have it. Even butchers at grocery stores have it. What they do is hold your attention better than most and engender trust. That’s influence. We are social creatures who shape our lives, lifestyles, consumer habits and beliefs according to the influences and influencer…Read More

  8. The Simplification Mandate

    Even a little ding can cause the dominoes to fall Ever have one of those days? Run a day late on a credit card payment, you’re dinged a $39 late fee. Miss a traffic sign on our way across town – right in front of a cop – and get dinged another $150. There are ways to compound your grief, too. Park under the red no parking sign for that lesson. Let’s not even go to a conversation about the …Read More

  9. The Coming Wave of Entrepreneurship

    "The economy’s greatest hope may be in its aspiring entrepreneurs" Traditionally it could be predicted that for every 100 people who join the ranks of the jobless, seven will attempt to start a business. Some find business niches, others invent and still others find a better way to do something markets are craving. Ingenuity and daring often are the catalyst for setting business and commerce in …Read More

  10. The Future of the Avatar

    Next generation gaming is not for the faint of heart Life is a game. Every day we find ourselves in the middle of the game, involving the work we do, the people we hang out with, and the social structures that surround us. But who exactly created this game? Each day we live our lives as animated playing pieces, playing by rules that others created. Conformity is a constant force, imposing a lifest…Read More