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. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 78 Skills that will be Difficult to Automate

    Recently my wife Deb and I were eating at a local sushi restaurant, watching the itamae (sushi chefs) carefully preparing each meal. In Japan, becoming an itamae of sushi requires years of on-the-job training and apprenticeship. For this reason, I asked Deb if she would prefer eating sushi that was prepared by humans or the same kind of meals prepared by machines. After thinking about it for a bi…Read More

  10. 14 Fallacies of the Coming Robot Apocalypse

    Over the past few weeks I’ve come across a growing number of tirades warning us of the dangers of robots. If you were concerned about A.I. in the past, once it’s tied to a robot, the warnings seem to escalate to imminent peril. Each of these writers seems to reach the same conclusion, that super smart robots will soon be taking all of our jobs, and humanity is doomed. The biggest misconception…Read More