1. 2050 and the Future of Infrastructure

    Much of the world around us has been formed around key pieces of infrastructure. Most see this as a testament to who we are as a society, and part of the cultural moorings we need to guide us into the future. In general, infrastructure represents a long-term societal investment that will move us along the path of building a more efficient, better functioning, society. And usually it does … for a…Read More

  2. The Laws of Exponential Capabilities

    When people like Google CEO, Larry Page, Virgin’s Richard Branson, and X-Prize Foundation CEO, Peter Diamandis, talk about us entering into a period of abundance, there has been a natural tendency to assume we’ll be entering into a life of leisure. People won’t have to work as hard and we will all have more time for travel, vacations, and play. Yes, we are entering into a world where driverl…Read More

  3. Disrupting Government – Why Countries Will Soon Have to Compete for their Citizens

    In 2002, Roger Ver was honing his entrepreneurial skills by selling products on eBay. It was in the aftermath of the Twin Towers disaster when one of his products called “Pest Control Report 2000” hit the radar of Homeland Security and he was charged and convicted of selling 14 pounds of explosives without a license. He dismisses the product as little more than a “firecracker to scare birds …Read More

  4. Artificial Intelligence will be Crashing the Stock Market in 3, 2, 1…

    A few weeks ago, Stephen Hawking opened the world’s eyes to the dangers of Artificial Intelligence (AI), warning that it has the potential of outsmarting humans in the financial markets. But few people realize that we are already in imminent danger of this happening. The stock market is a system for assigning value to companies through the buying and selling of stock. It’s a human-based system…Read More

  5. Launching the Whole Earth Genealogy Project

    Some of us get bitten by the genealogical bug early in life, others a bit later. But there are few of us who haven’t been haunted by the question - where did I come from? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. So when University of Southern California researchers invented something called the Geographic Population Structure (GPS) test, which works by scanning a person’s DNA for parts th…Read More

  6. The Singularity and Our Collision Path with the Future

    Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, has predicted that we will reach a technological singularity by 2045, and science fiction writer Vernor Vinge is betting on 2029, a date that is ironically on the hundredth anniversary of the greatest stock market collapse in human history. But where the 1929 crash catapulted us backwards into a more primitive form of human chaos, the singularity p…Read More

  7. Which Requires More Faith, Science or Religion?

    For the past several months I’ve been wrestling with this topic, and how to discuss it from a centrist viewpoint. In an era where the science vs. religion debate has become an increasingly polarizing issue, we see both sides using their own brand of logic as the weapon of choice to gain what they assume will be the higher moral ground. There are no “separation of church and state” policies b…Read More

  8. The Great Barrier Backlash

    My wife Deb and I just returned from a weeklong trip to South Korea where much of our travel inside the country involved riding on the high-speed KTX Train (Korean Transit eXpress) from city to city. The train is designed for speeds up to 350 km/h (217 mph), but currently tops out at 190 mph. Our final trip from Changwon City in the southern tip of Korea to Seoul in the far north took just 3 hours…Read More

  9. The Next Bold Step in Transportation: Personal Rapid Transit Systems

    Throughout history, speed has been synonymous with greatness. In sports, those who ran the fastest were heroes. In times of war, those with the fastest chariots, ships, planes, and weapons had a significant advantage. In the business world, a company’s competitive edge has typically been formed around speed – quickest delivery, fastest transaction times, or speed of information. With the aid o…Read More

  10. Passing the Fortune Cookie Test

    Yesterday my wife Deb and I had lunch at one of our favorite Chinese restaurants, and afterwards we’re given the typical fortune cookies that come with the bill. Jokingly I broke open the first one and asked, “I wonder if it’d be possible to create a real fortune sometime in the future and put it into these cookies?” Naturally Deb gave me the standard “not again” look that I often get …Read More