1. Three Great Machine Learning Paradoxes

    I installed my Nest Thermostat a little over a year ago. This “learning” machine was billed as being able to study the habits of people and adjust the settings to optimize both temperature and energy usage. But ever since then I’ve found myself in a constant battle with my thermostat. It’s cooling things down when I need heat, warming things up when I’d rather be cool, and the amount of …Read More

  2. Going Beyond Micro-Payments to Nano-Payments

    If a billion people each gave you a tenth of a cent, you would have $1 million. Over the past few weeks I’ve become enamored with the power of financial friction. This could involve everything from adding a tenth or hundredth of a cent charge to every email sent, social media “likes,” video downloads, views of copyrighted photos, and much more. Even though it may not seem significant, there …Read More

  3. Four Rules for Game Testing Our Way to a Better Future

    At a recent video game tournament in Denver called ClutchCon, I was moderating a panel discussion on the future of video games, and we got into the topic of leveraging the time and energy spent playing video games into a “wisdom of crowds” approach for solving the world’s problems. Video games have a way of immersing players into an epic challenge that consumes them physically, intellectuall…Read More

  4. 37 Critical Problems that need to be Solved for Drone Delivery to become Viable

    It all started when Toni, one of our staffers working on our flying drone workshop, asked me a simple question. She asked, “Since I live in an apartment complex, if I order something to be delivered by drone, where would they leave the package?” This naturally led to a longer conversation and we instantly ticked off around a dozen other problems that will need to be overcome before we can expe…Read More

  5. 12 Emerging Trends that Everyone Missed at CES

    Every year that I attend CES in Las Vegas I reach a point of sensory overload. It’s not just from all the people, lights, noise, and smells, but an overload of product strategies and emerging trends for the coming year. With everything from R2D2 showing up outside the convention center, to meeting celebrities on the showroom floor, or coming face-to-face with a Paul Bunyan-sized electronic game-…Read More

  6. What Comes after the Nation State? – Fractal Governance

    In the beginning life was simple, just land and people. No borders, no restrictions, and no governments breathing down everyone’s neck. Over time, cultures formed around a common language and geography determined many aspects of lifestyle. As an example, people who lived next to the sea oriented much of their life around fishing, while those further inland spent more time hunting and farming. Tr…Read More

  7. Top 10 Most Influential Columns in 2014

      Over the past year we’ve delved into a variety of different topics on FuturistSpeaker.com and naturally some have been more popular than others. Sometimes it’s the headlines, other times the graphics, but in the end it’s the subject matter and content that will determine which ones rise to the top. Overall, we’re still finding a pervasive fear over jobs, privacy, and the economy, and a …Read More

  8. My Conversation Last Night with Adolph Hitler

    No, it wasn’t exactly what I had planned. The year is 2026, and what began as a simple quiet evening at my local library, culminated with me coming face to face with one of the most reviled men in all history. As I entered the library, I caught a glimpse of a new room they had just completed with a labeling above the door that read, “Conversations Room.” Naturally curious, I asked one of the…Read More

  9. The Coming Era of Mega Systems, Part 1 – Transportation

    Let me begin with a couple questions. Question #1: The U.S. has two countries that touch its borders – Canada and Mexico. But what is its third closest neighbor? While most would probably look at the island nations in the Caribbean, the third closest is actually Russia, a scant 2.4 miles away, the distance between Alaska’s Little Diomede Island and it’s sister Big Diomede Island on the Russi…Read More

  10. Our Newest Unit of Measure – 1 Human Intelligence Unit

    I’ve been closely watching the debate on artificial intelligence with people like Rodney Brooks saying it’s only a tool, and others like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking giving bone chilling warnings of how it could lead to the destruction of all humanity. As I was pondering these differing points of view, it occurred to me that we currently don’t have any real way of measuring the potency of A…Read More