1. Creating the Ultimate Information Experience

    Planning Our Next Generation Libraries Literacy is a learned skill involving an ability to transform characters on paper into mental concepts and images. Listening to an audio book requires a slightly different skill, but requires the ability to transform audio sounds into mental concepts and images. The trend in the information world is to make the interface between information and our brains as …Read More

  2. Capturing Real Human Intelligence

    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 online world has given us insight into …Read More

  3. Death to the Gatekeepers

    A new generation of freedom-loving entrepreneurs have made it their mission to circumvent gatekeepers By Thomas Frey, Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute Recently a decision was made to allow people in 12 South American nations to travel from country to country without visas. Much like the efficiencies gained from a similar decision in the European Union, these countrie…Read More

  4. The Future of Automobile Transportation

    Industry challenges, global demands, and consumer trends ahead will define automobile transportation in the years In November I found myself on a panel discussion in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and one of the people in the audience asked me to give my impression of the future of the automobile industry. I have to admit that I did a rather poor job of answering the question, and it really deserved more…Read More

  5. Findability Vs Spyability

    Will the convergence of search technology and RFID chips improve our lives or forever put us in a fishbowl for all to see? A few days ago my glasses disappeared. Over the years my long range eyesight has grown progressively worse and while I need the glasses for seeing things in the distance, my short range vision is still nearly perfect. For this reason I never wear glasses while working on the c…Read More

  6. Driving Forces

    Emerging New Trends that will Affect the Way We Live, Think, and Act in 2006 and Beyond 2005 was defined by Google, iPods, the "World is Flat", natural disasters, blogs, podcasting, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and a dramatic influx of new technologies designed to give us freedom and control of our lives. (more…)…Read More

  7. The Future of Libraries

    Beginning the Great Transformation In 1519 Leonardo da Vinci died and left behind one of the world's largest collections of art comprised of well over 5,000 drawings, sketches, and paintings, the vast majority of which the general public would not become aware of until over 400 years later. The largest portion of this collection was left in the hands of Francesco Melzi, a trusted assistant and fav…Read More

  8. Approaching Maximum Freud

    Technology Markets Will Disappear As They Approach "Maximum Freud" In 1972, I was young engineering student at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. One of the first courses I was required to take was a short-course on slide rules. For those of you who don't know what a slide rule is - first came the abacus, then came the slide rule, and then came the calculator. This was a time when the…Read More

  9. The Buzz Chronicles

    Creating a Small Blip on the Radar Screen of Humanity Somewhere around 5:30 am each morning I roll out of bed and roll up to my computer. Blurry eyed, before I brew up my first cup of tea, I grab the mouse and check Google, searching the phrase "taste & smell patents", recording the results. On October 12th the number is 5,070. Five days earlier, the same search produced only 2 results. The on…Read More

  10. Intellectual Property’s Next Big Wave Taste & Smell Patents

    Roughly ten years ago I was involved in a conversation with some patent attorneys over the question of whether someone could patent a smell. The conclusion they reached was yes, as long as there was some system in place for defining smells.Enter the October 4, 2004 announcement that two Americans were awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering how people can recognize and remember an esti…Read More