1. 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

  2. The Library of the Future Series: Part 3 – The Electronic Outpost

    As a public entity, libraries have been evolving. No longer are they the book-centric institutions of the mid 1900s. But the changes we’ve seen to date are only a tiny fraction of the changes we will see in the coming decades. There are no road maps that give us a clear picture of where we are headed, only fuzzy ideas. For this reason we will begin to see more and more experimentation in the are…Read More

  3. Libraries of the Future

    Where great ideas happen, and people have the tools to act on them Ten years ago, many in the tech elite were predicting the demise of the public library. Little did they understand that libraries are living, breathing organisms. Much like plants that flourish with good dirt, water and sunshine, libraries have begun to thrive in our information-rich environment. Libraries are going through an age …Read More

  4. Nanotech and the Precautionary Principal

    The Precautionary Principal and the shifting onus of responsibility The future will be neither as good as some would lead us to believe, or as bad as other would have us think. But it is the onus of responsibility that becomes the industry's "hot potato", with innovators squaring off against product safety experts and consumer advocates over who should bear the ultimate cost and responsibility of …Read More

  5. The Future of Retail

    The coming demise of the retail storefront Last week my wife Deb and I were relaxing at a new shopping center in the Denver area. Along the sidewalks a series of speakers cast a rather pleasant musical backdrop to the shopping experience. At one point an interesting song began playing. I reached for my iPhone, and used a program called Shazam to "listen" to the music, revealing the name of the son…Read More

  6. Living Forever

    Cryonics and our ongoing effort to build the ultimate life-extension toolbox   No person should ever die.... EVER! Is that the direction we're headed? There are many reasons why people die, yet these reasons may all disappear as we develop fixes and cures for everything that ails us. (more…)…Read More

  7. The Future of Gaming

    Future games will become the ultimate playground for our minds In 1977 when famed mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot uttered the phrase, “as a language, mathematics may be used not only to inform but also to seduce,” little did he know that his brainchild, fractal geometry, would become seductive to the point of being addictive. Over the past decade, fractal geometry, the science that reduces the…Read More

  8. Messing with the Reality of Reality

    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

  9. The Future of Nanotechnology – My Upcoming Book

    Nanotechnology is a science riddled with paradoxes Over the past year I have been eating, sleeping, and breathing nanotechnology, but feel like I have only scratched a little behind the ears of this enormous science. I had been following the industry, keeping up on the science for some time, but writing a book required total immersion. The terminology is the toughest part. As I listen to the scien…Read More

  10. Fractal Transactions

    Launching a New Era in the Future of Money Imagine yourself sometime in the future sitting in front of a television, watching your favorite show, and a pizza commercial comes on. This is one of those commercials that hits you at exactly the right time and you instantly start craving pizza. For the next few seconds you stare at the screen and your mind thinks of nothing other than pizza. Finally yo…Read More