1. Technological Unemployment and our Need for Micro Colleges

    Business owners today are actively deciding whether their next hire should be a person or a machine. After all, machines can work in the dark and don’t come with decades of HR case law requiring time off for holidays, personal illness, excessive overtime, chronic stress or anxiety. If you’ve not heard the phrase “technological unemployment,” brace yourself; you’ll be hearing it a lot ove…Read More

  2. 12 Emerging Trends that Everyone Missed at CES

    Every year that I attend CES in Las Vegas I reach a point of sensory overload. It’s not just from all the people, lights, noise, and smells, but an overload of product strategies and emerging trends for the coming year. With everything from R2D2 showing up outside the convention center, to meeting celebrities on the showroom floor, or coming face-to-face with a Paul Bunyan-sized electronic game-…Read More

  3. What Comes after the Nation State? – Fractal Governance

    In the beginning life was simple, just land and people. No borders, no restrictions, and no governments breathing down everyone’s neck. Over time, cultures formed around a common language and geography determined many aspects of lifestyle. As an example, people who lived next to the sea oriented much of their life around fishing, while those further inland spent more time hunting and farming. Tr…Read More

  4. Top 10 Most Influential Columns in 2014

      Over the past year we’ve delved into a variety of different topics on FuturistSpeaker.com and naturally some have been more popular than others. Sometimes it’s the headlines, other times the graphics, but in the end it’s the subject matter and content that will determine which ones rise to the top. Overall, we’re still finding a pervasive fear over jobs, privacy, and the economy, and a …Read More

  5. My Conversation Last Night with Adolph Hitler

    No, it wasn’t exactly what I had planned. The year is 2026, and what began as a simple quiet evening at my local library, culminated with me coming face to face with one of the most reviled men in all history. As I entered the library, I caught a glimpse of a new room they had just completed with a labeling above the door that read, “Conversations Room.” Naturally curious, I asked one of the…Read More

  6. 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

  7. Introducing the Maslow Self-Actualization House

    For the past several months I’ve become enamored with the idea of creating a self sufficient, connectionless home. Not only is the home off-grid, creating it’s own power, heat, and air-conditioning, but also it’s own water supply, compost, and sewage system in a smart home environment. I’ve even imagined how a house like this could be constructed with a form of 3D printing called contour c…Read More

  8. What Industries will produce the First Trillionaires?

      A few weeks ago I got into a discussion with some friends centered around this question. “What, in your mind, will be the most powerful entity in the world 100 years from now?” As we look around us today, it’s easy to point to a single nation as being the most powerful. But will that still be true 100 years from now? The most powerful entities in the future could be large multi-national c…Read More

  9. Modern Day Grandstanding and the Future of Getting Noticed

    On a recent trip to Amsterdam, I had a conversation with Axel Rüger, Director of the renowned Van Gogh Museum about what it was that made Van Gogh so famous. Was it his talent, the fact that he cut off his own ear, or a combination of both? As we continued the discussion, perhaps an even bigger question that we debated was whether Van Gogh and his artwork would be more famous or less famous 100 y…Read More

  10. You will be a different person by the time you reach the end of this article

    Whatever happened to that young child you were not so many years ago? As a baby, life was all about eating, sleeping, and dry diapers. Even though you are learning new things quickly, not much else really mattered. By the time you enter grade school, you have learned to walk, talk, feed yourself, and have fun with your friends. Mom and dad were very important and playtime is a central part of ever…Read More