1. Introducing the Futurist Hall of Fame

    Over the coming months the DaVinci Institute will be unveiling the world’s first Futurist Hall of Fame. As with other “hall of fame” efforts, this one will be dedicated to drawing attention to those who have contributed the most to our thinking about the future. To be sure, the first iteration of this Hall of Fame will be meager. It will be a hall with photos and videos not sculptures, homeg…Read More

  2. Entering the Era of Super Scalability – The Billion-Benchmark Club

    It was a monumental event that no one noticed. Just before 1800 the number of people on earth had climbed to what was then believed to be an astronomically large number – 1 billion. While this was indeed a landmark event, the occasion passed without fanfare. The combination of too few demographers and disjointed communications between countries caused the entire planet to miss the occasion. Unti…Read More

  3. How Long Before a Robot Chef Beats an Iron Chef?

    Will humans soon be battling for their survival against robots? Even though this has become a favorite Hollywood theme, the likelihood of that happening is nearly zero. Yes, we will have many clashes with human-controlled robots doing battle with other humans or human-controlled robots, but not without people in the background. The age-old idea of man vs. machine is far more nuanced and complicate…Read More

  4. Does Social Media have a Polarization Problem?

    Wael Ghonim was a young computer engineer working for Google in Egypt when he became a central figure in the events leading up to the Arab Spring in 2011. In early 2011, Wael created a Facebook page titled, "A Revolution against Corruption, Injustice and Dictatorship," and the number of followers quickly mushroomed. On Jan 14th he posed a question to the 300,000 followers of the page: "The 25th o…Read More

  5. The 1,000-Revenue Stream Lifestyle

    In his famous poem, William Shakespeare begins with the lines, “All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” But what if that were true in more than just an allegorical sense? No, I’m not talking about the philosophical underpinnings of divine intervention or manifest destiny. Rather, what if we found ourselves caught up inside an actual “game-of-life” game where…Read More

  6. The Future of Ignorance

    In 1901, Dr. Duncan MacDougall set out to discover if the human soul weighed anything. Working in the local old age home, he conducted a series of experiments where he weighed six patients on a precision scale both before and after they breathed their last breath. Comparing variations in the patient’s weight, he declared his findings, that the human soul weighed, on average, 21 grams. To undersc…Read More

  7. Twelve Critical Skills for the Future

    In the early 1990s, psychologist Robin Dunbar studied the social connections within groups of monkeys and apes. He theorized that the maximum size of their overall social group was limited by the size of their neocortex. Based on our neocortex size, Dunbar calculated that humans should be able to maintain relationships of no more than roughly 150 people at a time. He also found that many businesse…Read More

  8. Top 10 Columns for 2015

    2015 saw 42 new unicorn companies ($1B+ valuation) take center stage, the most ever, and a clear indication that the scalability of Internet will redefine the business landscape for generations to come. For this reason, no industries are safe, nor should they be. Many are anxiously awaiting drone delivery from companies like Amazon, but few realize the vast majority of drone delivery will happen o…Read More

  9. The Trillion-Sensor Movement

    When was the last time you called a repairman to work on the mattress for your bed? At a recent hotel stay I found myself sleeping on a Sleep Number bed that seemed to adjust itself in the middle of the night. At times I’d wake up on a totally deflated bed and others it would be rock hard. Rather amusing, but not really very comfortable. Naturally the value of a hi-tech bed is diminished when yo…Read More

  10. Why no industries are safe… nor should they be

    The first Internet gold rush ended poorly. In 2000 we entered the new millennium waiting to see if Y2K would destroy the world, but instead it was our over valued Internet stocks that caused markets to crash. The second Internet gold rush was just getting started when, in 2007, we watched our global financial systems implode and for several years nothing important got funded. Rather than solving w…Read More