1. 100,000 new micro industries to be created over the next two decades

    Every major industry today was started as a micro industry. Everything from steel, to photography, oil, airlines, electricity, automobiles, pharmaceuticals, and search engines all worked their way into existence from a tiny starting point. Many of the oldest ones like steel, automotive, and pharmaceuticals took centuries to grow into the massive global industries they are today. But those created …Read More

  2. 12 mind-blowing AI advances and 12 critical takeaways to put AI in perspective

    It was rare to find a tech columnist last year that didn’t make some reference to artificial intelligence. But it was also rare to find a writer who could clearly differentiate between the hype and true relevance of these accomplishments. Keep in mind, even after decades of tech progress, we still get lost with our GPS, our digitally translated documents are often unreadable, and our smartphones…Read More

  3. Five tipping points that show why our current banking system is doomed

    When is the last time you set foot into a bank? While many of us have a love-hate relationship with our bank, where we love the people but hate the fees, we still tend to go there. According to a recent survey by Fiserv of 3,000 bank users, over the past 30 days, more than 80% said they logged into their bank’s website an average of 11 times. But 61% said they had also visited their bank during …Read More

  4. A peek into the scandalous future world of hyper-influence marketing

    Television producers have never been more in demand. With both Facebook and Apple recently announcing their own $1 billion budgets for creating original television content, the entertainment industry is about to enter a whole new era, with premium content creating the latest high stakes battlefield. The amount of money being directed toward the production of original content is now reaching epic p…Read More

  5. 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

  6. Weaponized A.I. – 36 Early Examples

    Of all the topics I've written about, this one scares me the most. Yes, artificial intelligence, one of humanity’s greatest achievements, can also unleash the seeds of our own destruction. Weaponized A.I. will range from relatively minor weapons designed to change a specific action to nation-vs-nation full-blown A.I. wars. Artificial intelligence, while still in its infancy, is growing up fast. …Read More

  7. Peak electricity and 17 seismic forces of change that will make you want to shift careers

    It happened in 2007. Ten years ago the trajectory for electrical use in America peaked and started down a different course, declining for reasons we don’t fully understand yet. No, this wasn’t a one-time drop but a clear shift, moving in a new downward direction that continues to this day. There should have been celebrations and parades, even dancing in the streets, but no one noticed. In much…Read More

  8. 60 future crimes that don’t exist today

    Most of our heroes were rule breakers. Yes, virtually everyone that holds a prominent place in our history books was a rebel, rule breaker, and occasional criminal. No, I’m not saying these people should have been arrested, but I think it’s safe to assume that others may have been imprisoned and perhaps even killed for committing similar crimes. But crimes in the future will require even great…Read More

  9. 21 startling ways the future of retail will shift in the self-driving mobile business era

    We first started discussing this topic when I posed the question, “Will there still be RVs after we shift over to driverless technologies?” The answer came quickly, “Sure, why not?” But as we removed the driver from the equation it opened the door to a vast array of new types of businesses that separate themselves from a permanent location. The number one challenge of traditional retail ha…Read More

  10. The Coming Meat Wars – 17 Mind-Blowing Predictions

    In November of 2015, I was asked to speak on the future of agriculture in Auckland, NZ along with some of the leading authorities on food innovation. One of the other speakers was Dr. Mark Post, founder of Mosa Meats in Maastricht, Netherlands, who created the first lab-grown hamburger. We had several conversations over the two days we spent together, but I remember Mark saying that his goal was t…Read More