1. Computing’s Next Big Transformation – Semantic Intelligence

    I had great difficulty completing this column. This is partly due to the complex nature of the technology and partly because its implications may indeed be so far reaching that I’ll sound over-reaching in describing it. Several companies may find what I’m describing to be rather disturbing. It’ll be disturbing because this technology is on the verge of undermining most, if not all, of their …Read More

  2. Should Robots Have Their Own Bank Accounts?

    Typical house-bot shopping on a budget The year is 2027 and Winston, a newly born house-bot charged with doing a number of domestic chores including cleaning, meal prep, laundry, and building maintenance, has been programmed to not only perform the work, but also restock supplies once they reach a certain level. Owners have wide latitude in the amount of autonomy they can grant their bots when it …Read More

  3. Seven Reasons Why the Value of Human Life is Increasing Exponentially

    What’s the value of a human life? For some of you this is a very disconcerting question because it attempts to put a dollar value on a person, something we value in far different ways. But that is exactly what governments and businesses find themselves doing on a daily basis. Every time an insurance company calculates their premiums, militaries plan their budget, or juries calculate an award in …Read More

  4. 192 Future Uses for Flying Drones

    The thought occurred to me that mounting a video projector to a flying drone could give it unusual capabilities. My first idea was to use it for special effects at a concert or major indoor event. But a device like this could also be used for spot advertising - creating momentary images on the sidewalk or parking lot; subliminal advertising - suggesting a variety of products or services inside gra…Read More

  5. When it comes to jobs, why is this time different?

    In 1964, and open letter was drafted and sent to President Johnson, warning him of the coming Triple Revolution. The letter was composed and signed by 35 members of the “Ad Hoc Committee on the Triple Revolution,” which include luminaries like Nobel Chemist, Linus Pauling; civil rights activist, Tom Hayden; and Swedish Nobel Economist, Gunnar Myrdal. The letter focused on three revolutions tak…Read More

  6. Establishing the Central Bank of Bitcoin

    The year is 2024. It seemed like a piece of nostalgia to open a new bank account and get a free toaster, but this wasn’t any ordinary toaster, and it certainly wasn’t any ordinary bank. The new Internet of Things Toaster was one of the coolest gadgets of all times, and the Global Bank of Bitcoin was a charter member of Bitcoin’s new Central Bank based in Luxembourg. Having launched as a Kick…Read More

  7. The Future Library – A Liquid Network for Ideas

    At a recent conference on the “Future of Libraries” put together by the American Library Association at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, I proposed a rather unusual mission for libraries, that of becoming “liquid networks” for our ideas. Unlike our not-so-distant-past, the world’s most important information is no longer solely in books. Whenever a great idea forms in our head, w…Read More

  8. 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

  9. When Everyone Becomes Blackmailable

    On a recent driving trip, my wife and I became immersed in the audio version of one of Tom Clancy’s last novels titled, “Threat Vector.” Without giving away too much of the plot, a Chinese super-geek villain has hatched a plan to hack into our most secure networks and blackmail people with their darkest secrets to subversively cause chaos and disruption for the American government. While mos…Read More

  10. 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