1. The Simplification Mandate

    Even a little ding can cause the dominoes to fall Ever have one of those days? Run a day late on a credit card payment, you’re dinged a $39 late fee. Miss a traffic sign on our way across town – right in front of a cop – and get dinged another $150. There are ways to compound your grief, too. Park under the red no parking sign for that lesson. Let’s not even go to a conversation about the …Read More

  2. The Coming Wave of Entrepreneurship

    "The economy’s greatest hope may be in its aspiring entrepreneurs" Traditionally it could be predicted that for every 100 people who join the ranks of the jobless, seven will attempt to start a business. Some find business niches, others invent and still others find a better way to do something markets are craving. Ingenuity and daring often are the catalyst for setting business and commerce in …Read More

  3. Declaring War on Human Death

    No person should ever die… EVER! Is that our goal? Is that the direction we are headed in? Futurist and author Ray Kurzweil is convinced an end to disease and possibly death by trauma may be here in a matter of decades. He’s taking vitamins like they are candy on a personal quest for the ultimate prize, immortality. Kurzweil and others have been talking about the possibilities of vastly extend…Read More

  4. The Future of the Avatar

    Next generation gaming is not for the faint of heart Life is a game. Every day we find ourselves in the middle of the game, involving the work we do, the people we hang out with, and the social structures that surround us. But who exactly created this game? Each day we live our lives as animated playing pieces, playing by rules that others created. Conformity is a constant force, imposing a lifest…Read More

  5. Capturing Real Human Intelligence

      Next Generation Thinking Machines   Artificial intelligence in the past has been a top-down exercise of simulating the actions and behaviors of people. Given the wide range of decision-making processes that the average person uses in their day to day activities, the problem-sets that needed to be solved in order to replicate all of the possibilities became staggeringly impossible. However, the…Read More

  6. Future Libraries: Once a Refuge, Now They Mean Business

    Establishing new relevancy standards amid a sea change of technology options and budget constraints Traditionally a quiet place for lovers of books to unwind, libraries are a place for serious students to escape to, a treasure trove for aspiring writers - and even a great hiding place from bullies where a kid can find cover among a labyrinth of shelves. They always have been a refuge. These days l…Read More

  7. Creating the Ultimate Small Storage Particle

    Creating the Ultimate Small Storage Particle When will we reach an endpoint? The answer (after the jump) will surprise you “When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images.” - Niels Bohr, recipient of the 1922 Nobel Prize in Physics I’ve had this ongoing notion that researchers will soon r…Read More

  8. The Last Bastion of Scarcity

    When laws of supply and demand are replaced with scarcity and abundance Science fiction has long dreamed of a post-scarcity society, and it's become quite common to hear discussions about transitioning from a world of scarcity to a world of abundance. But, for all the good intentions and creative thinking, our limitations, both human and material, will be an ever-present force in society and a ver…Read More

  9. The Future of Agriculture

    Radical transformations are brewing in the world’s oldest industry Can better food create better people? Will a better food supply lead to healthier, stronger, better thinking people? This is exactly the premise that is driving many of the advances in farming today. To understand agribusiness in the future, consider a model that conveniently exists right now – in the human-food interface. Meta…Read More

  10. Future Libraries: Nerve Center of the Community

    Ever since the people of ancient Nineveh began storing and classifying their books nearly 3,000 years ago, libraries have been hallowed and largely unchanging bastions of learning. But in the information age, libraries have been caste with a new identity, and the future is evolving into a very different place. Ten years ago, as the Internet began to take off, many in the tech elite were predicting…Read More