DaVinci Institute – Futurist Speaker

Don't Get Blindsided By The Future


  1. Will we still like who we’re about to become?

    The Immortal Human: Do we truly understand the problem we’re trying to solve?

    Imagine what it will be like attending the Olympics in 2248. Men and women competing in their respective sports will range in age from 16 to 212. The oldest competitor is now in his 38th Olympic competition, and young people have complained for years how hard it is to break into some of the elite sports when old time veterans continued to strengthen their techniques and are addicted to the winner…Read More

  2. 72 Stunning Future Things 1

    72 stunning things in the future that will be common ten years from now that don’t exist today

    How many things do we own, that are common today, that didn’t exist 10 years ago? The list is probably longer than you think. Prior to the iPhone coming out in 2007, we didn’t have smartphones with mobile apps, decent phone cameras for photos/videos, mobile maps, mobile weather, or even mobile shopping. None of the mobile apps we use today existed 10 years ago: Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, I…Read More

  3. Future Healthcare 1


    Every 10 seconds, another 17 people die. In the time it takes me to walk across a typical stage for my talks, another 15-20 people will lose their life. 151,600 is the number of people that die every day in the world. Some die from old age, infectious disease, car accidents, cancer, childbirth, heart attacks, suicide, gunshots, or any of dozens of different causes. The ending of human life is a s…Read More

  4. Evil AI 4

    The Seven Deadly Sins of Machine Intelligence

    The year is 2028 and James Mathews has been summoned to appear in front of Winston III, the famous AI Judge overseeing an electronic courtroom, set up as a pilot project, but many have already dubbed it the justice system of the future. Mathews, the defendant for this test case, has developed an image-forming technology that captures reflections of reflections, and through these obscure light fra…Read More

  5. Neural Lace 1

    Creating the World’s First Neural Lace Network

    Elon Musk recently added a new twist to his vision for tech-related accomplishments by saying he was interested in creating a “neural lace.” For a little background, science fiction author Iain M. Banks first coined the term “neural lace” in The Culture series. In these novels, people living on another planet installed genetically engineered glands in their brains capable of secreting sti…Read More

  6. Megaproject 1

    Megaprojects Set to Explode to 24% of Global GDP Within a Decade

    Gone are the days where people are impressed by projects costing $10-$50 million or even $100 million. We are witnessing an explosion in the number of $1 billion+ projects with some, like the artificial archipelago being built in Azerbaijan, Turkey’s massive Urban Renewal project in Istanbul, and the new construction of Masjid Al Haram in Saudi Arabia each exceeding $100 billion. But even thes…Read More

  7. Nine Tough Questions 1

    Five Tough Questions: The Warsaw School of Economics Interview

    The Warsaw School of Economics is the oldest, most prestigious, and top-ranked business school in Poland. Dr. Piotr Turek received his PhD in Economics there and went on to become a fellow futurist and new media expert in Warsaw where he works as a journalist, lecturer and mobile/web services expert. In early January, Piotr contacted me and asked if he could interview me for a series of publicati…Read More

  8. AI Democracy 2

    Will Artificial Intelligence Improve Democracy or Destroy It?

    There’s a big difference between what a person wants and what they need. On one hand we need healthy food, a good night’s rest, and decent medical care. But a little voice inside our heads has us craving dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s, an overnight stay at the Ritz Carlton, and a spa weekend at the St. Regis in Aspen to fix whatever is wrong. The same is true with countries. There’s a big diff…Read More

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    Fixing our Insanely Broken Sales Tax System

    At a recent visit to our local hairdresser, my wife and I were informed by the enterprising young lady that she was no longer selling her line of retail hair products. Filling out the monthly sales tax reports had simply become too onerous, and the profits too small to justify the time. This was not the first time I’d heard of someone “throwing in the towel” on their plans for selling produ…Read More

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    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, home…Read More

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“Very Inspiring…”

Thanks again for your very inspiring presentation at the meeting in Feldafing last week. Very much enjoyed your thoughts.

Dr. Helmuth Ludwig, Executive Vice President - Siemens


Thanks so much for presenting to the IIABA Trusted Choice Board yesterday.  Wow!  What a fun, scary, enlightening experience! 

Pamela Adams

Pamela Adams