1. Introducing the Maslow Self-Actualization House

    For the past several months I’ve become enamored with the idea of creating a self sufficient, connectionless home. Not only is the home off-grid, creating it’s own power, heat, and air-conditioning, but also it’s own water supply, compost, and sewage system in a smart home environment. I’ve even imagined how a house like this could be constructed with a form of 3D printing called contour c…Read More

  2. What Industries will produce the First Trillionaires?

      A few weeks ago I got into a discussion with some friends centered around this question. “What, in your mind, will be the most powerful entity in the world 100 years from now?” As we look around us today, it’s easy to point to a single nation as being the most powerful. But will that still be true 100 years from now? The most powerful entities in the future could be large multi-national c…Read More

  3. 101 Endangered Jobs by 2030

    Business owners today are actively deciding whether their next hire should be a person or a machine. After all, machines can work in the dark and don’t come with decades of HR case law requiring time off for holidays, personal illness, excessive overtime, chronic stress or anxiety. If you’ve not heard the phrase “technological unemployment,” brace yourself; you’ll be hearing it a lot ove…Read More

  4. Extreme Graphene and the Coming Super Materials Gold Rush

    In 2004, scientists Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov from the University of Manchester, used adhesive tape to lift a thin layer of carbon from a block of graphite, and placed it on a silicone wafer. Graphite is the stuff commonly found in pencil lead. As simple as this sounds, what these two scientists had created was a 2-dimensional form of carbon known as graphene, and in 2010 they received the N…Read More

  5. Disrupting Healthcare – When Devices Replace Medicine

    Doctors today are constantly selling. No, it didn’t start out that way, but a system has evolved that richly rewards members of the physician's food chain if sales continue. These sales include the selling of tests, pills, therapy, referrals, or simply selling the patient on their competency as a doctor. Over the coming years, much of the selling will be replaced by data. Expert opinions get rep…Read More

  6. Computing’s Next Big Transformation – Semantic Intelligence

    I had great difficulty completing this column. This is partly due to the complex nature of the technology and partly because its implications may indeed be so far reaching that I’ll sound over-reaching in describing it. Several companies may find what I’m describing to be rather disturbing. It’ll be disturbing because this technology is on the verge of undermining most, if not all, of their …Read More

  7. Should Robots Have Their Own Bank Accounts?

    Typical house-bot shopping on a budget The year is 2027 and Winston, a newly born house-bot charged with doing a number of domestic chores including cleaning, meal prep, laundry, and building maintenance, has been programmed to not only perform the work, but also restock supplies once they reach a certain level. Owners have wide latitude in the amount of autonomy they can grant their bots when it …Read More

  8. Seven Reasons Why the Value of Human Life is Increasing Exponentially

    What’s the value of a human life? For some of you this is a very disconcerting question because it attempts to put a dollar value on a person, something we value in far different ways. But that is exactly what governments and businesses find themselves doing on a daily basis. Every time an insurance company calculates their premiums, militaries plan their budget, or juries calculate an award in …Read More

  9. 192 Future Uses for Flying Drones

    The thought occurred to me that mounting a video projector to a flying drone could give it unusual capabilities. My first idea was to use it for special effects at a concert or major indoor event. But a device like this could also be used for spot advertising - creating momentary images on the sidewalk or parking lot; subliminal advertising - suggesting a variety of products or services inside gra…Read More

  10. Establishing the Central Bank of Bitcoin

    The year is 2024. It seemed like a piece of nostalgia to open a new bank account and get a free toaster, but this wasn’t any ordinary toaster, and it certainly wasn’t any ordinary bank. The new Internet of Things Toaster was one of the coolest gadgets of all times, and the Global Bank of Bitcoin was a charter member of Bitcoin’s new Central Bank based in Luxembourg. Having launched as a Kick…Read More