1. Why Do We Fear the Future?

    Artwork by Patrick Turner   From Futurama to Prey, our view of the world ahead has become tainted with dismal prospects for a positive future By Thomas Frey, Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute Few of the science fiction buffs watching reruns of Matt Groening's now-defunct cartoon classic Futurama have any idea the name of the show was coined half a century earlier for…Read More

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. The Library of the Future Series Part 1 – The Time Capsule Room

      The Community Archive What was your community like in 1950, or for that matter in 1850 or even 1650? What role did your community play during the Civil War? How active was it during the Presidential elections of 1960? What was it's reaction to the bombing of Pearl Harbor? (more…)…Read More

  5. 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

  6. Findability Vs Spyability

    Will the convergence of search technology and RFID chips improve our lives or forever put us in a fishbowl for all to see? A few days ago my glasses disappeared. Over the years my long range eyesight has grown progressively worse and while I need the glasses for seeing things in the distance, my short range vision is still nearly perfect. For this reason I never wear glasses while working on the c…Read More

  7. The Future of Education

    The pace of change is mandating that we produce a faster, smarter, better grade of human being. Current systems are preventing that from happening. Future education system will be unleashed with the advent of a standardized rapid courseware-builder and a single point global distribution system. "Education is now the number one economic priority in today's global economy." - John Naisbitt, Author o…Read More

  8. Driving Forces

    Emerging New Trends that will Affect the Way We Live, Think, and Act in 2006 and Beyond 2005 was defined by Google, iPods, the "World is Flat", natural disasters, blogs, podcasting, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and a dramatic influx of new technologies designed to give us freedom and control of our lives. (more…)…Read More

  9. The Future of Libraries

    Beginning the Great Transformation In 1519 Leonardo da Vinci died and left behind one of the world's largest collections of art comprised of well over 5,000 drawings, sketches, and paintings, the vast majority of which the general public would not become aware of until over 400 years later. The largest portion of this collection was left in the hands of Francesco Melzi, a trusted assistant and fav…Read More

  10. Approaching Maximum Freud

    Technology Markets Will Disappear As They Approach "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 calculator. This was a time when the…Read More