1. The Empire of One

    "The fundamental unit of the new economy is not the corporation, but the individual." - Thomas Malone & Robert Laubacher Running a solo business in the past meant that you had a one-person practice, most often offering a professional service, well suited for lawyers, accountants, and doctors.  However, a new breed of solo business has emerged that allows people to leverage the power of the In…Read More

  2. Fractal Transactions

    Launching a New Era in the Future of Money Imagine yourself sometime in the future sitting in front of a television, watching your favorite show, and a pizza commercial comes on. This is one of those commercials that hits you at exactly the right time and you instantly start craving pizza. For the next few seconds you stare at the screen and your mind thinks of nothing other than pizza. Finally yo…Read More

  3. Creating the Ultimate Information Experience

    Planning Our Next Generation Libraries Literacy is a learned skill involving an ability to transform characters on paper into mental concepts and images. Listening to an audio book requires a slightly different skill, but requires the ability to transform audio sounds into mental concepts and images. The trend in the information world is to make the interface between information and our brains as …Read More

  4. Some Thoughts on Flying Cars

    Terrafugia - Redefining the flying car What exactly is a flying car? My life is a bit unusual in that I often have conversations with people about the topic of flying cars. Since I was a child I dreamed about the day that we would have flying cars. But, other than the vague notion of the flying car that George Jetson drove each day to Spacely Sprockets, we have no real definition of the flying ca…Read More

  5. Radical Transparency

      The Whole Earth Genealogy Project - Where will it lead? Starting with a concept for creating the genealogy for the entire earth, here is a fascinating journey into the topic of radical transparency. (more…)…Read More

  6. Capturing Real Human Intelligence

    Artificial intelligence in the past has been a top-down exercise of simulating the actions and behaviors of people. Given the wide range of decision-making processes that the average person uses in their day to day activities, the problem-sets that needed to be solved in order to replicate all of the possibilities became staggeringly impossible. However, the online world has given us insight into …Read More

  7. The Complexity Disease

    Complexity is a Very-Real, Very-Destructive Disease that Destroys Human-Based Systems By Thomas Frey, Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute Often time we hear about some new disease that sounds kind of phony and quickly discard it because it sounds like some made-up name for a common personality quirk. So, when I talk about the “complexity disease”, your first inclina…Read More

  8. Reinventing Property Rights on the Nano Scale

    Will people in the future sell real estate “information rights” as a separate property right? October 2007 By Thomas Frey, Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute “Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.” - George Bernard Shaw The concept of smart dust has been around for several years now. Smartdust is a hypothetical network of tiny wireless micro…Read More

  9. Death to the Gatekeepers

    A new generation of freedom-loving entrepreneurs have made it their mission to circumvent gatekeepers By Thomas Frey, Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute Recently a decision was made to allow people in 12 South American nations to travel from country to country without visas. Much like the efficiencies gained from a similar decision in the European Union, these countrie…Read More

  10. The Future of Automobile Transportation

    Industry challenges, global demands, and consumer trends ahead will define automobile transportation in the years In November I found myself on a panel discussion in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and one of the people in the audience asked me to give my impression of the future of the automobile industry. I have to admit that I did a rather poor job of answering the question, and it really deserved more…Read More