1. Pushing the Envelope of Human Existence 

    Having been born and raised on a small rural farm in South Dakota, I grew up with a very narrow perspective of the rest of the world. With only two TV channels and three radio stations to pick from, our news options were very limited. As a teenager, watching the nightly newscasts on television, I was thoroughly amazed at all of the things happening around the world, and yet none of them were happe…Read More

  2. Should we gamify citizenship?

    We live in a world filled with status symbols. Every well-written resume is chocked full of symbols of distinction ranging from academic accomplishments, job titles, published works, personal endorsements, memberships, patents, awards, and more. However, most of these achievements go unnoticed. For example, the financial world will pay attention to a persons FICO score, but little else. The employ…Read More

  3. Life begins at a billion moments

    When does artificial intelligence become real intelligence? And how do we define real intelligence? This is a question that AI experts and people in the tech community have been wrestling with for some time, a question that has led to “the billion moment theory.” The theory goes something like this. Life-changing moments are happening every second of every day. That means every minute another …Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 59 things you’ll be able to do on the cruise ship of the future that you can’t do today

    I always think that when I’m on a cruise I’ll be able to catch up on all the writing projects that I‘m behind on. But somehow that never happens. Every ship is full of distractions and unusual forms of entertainment designed to keep the crowds coming back. And so far it has been working very well on me. With 27.2 million passengers projected for 2018 and only 20% of US citizens having ever t…Read More

  7. 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

  8. Turbulent times ahead for cities: 63 looming issues

    Cities are in trouble. Never before have we seen such a massive convergence of technologies affecting cities as profoundly as we see today. Very few have looked at tech adoption rates as something to monitor. The current retail apocalypse is just the tip of the iceberg as many cities in the U.S. are set to lose over 50% of their current revenue streams over the next couple decades. At the heart o…Read More

  9. Haptic Clothing: When our technologies become truly wearable

    The fashion industry is only now waking up to the potential of haptic clothing that offers wearers a form of kinesthetic interaction between their bodies and their clothes. The amount of communication that can happen through our sense of touch has long been overlooked because we didn’t have the micro technologies for both producing and testing the subtle tactile feedback loops needed to make it …Read More

  10. 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