1. Engineering the Secret Engines of Off-Grid Living

    Having just returned from a trip to Alaska, it occurred to me that most of the 660,000 sq miles of this beautiful state will never be habitable until a more complete off-grid solution is found. In Alaska, they’ve already figured out how to turn every one of their 3 million lakes into a landing strip, so transportation is far less of an issue than power, heat, lights, water, and communications. U…Read More

  2. The Future of South Korea

    When Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, took the stage at Edaily’s 6th World Strategy Forum on June 11th at the famed Shilla Seoul, his keynote about how he became an entrepreneur was very personal. With a comical flare for storytelling, he carefully laid out many of his failed attempts for launching businesses prior to Wikipedia. Entrepreneurship comes in many forms, but startups like Wikipedia ar…Read More

  3. Creating Humanless Distribution Networks

    A couple weeks ago I was asked to speak at the 8th annual Turkish Postal Symposium in Antalya, Turkey on the future of the postal industry. This was a fascinating gathering of thought leaders to discuss next generation postal service. I focused my talk around a central question – “How long will it be before we can mail a package and have it travel to a city on the other side of the world witho…Read More

  4. The Black Hat Robots are Coming

    It’s ironic, this whole effort to work so hard to make working obsolete, or in the case of artificial intelligence, the effort to think so hard to make thinking obsolete. But then it should really come as no mystery. Machines are far superior to people. Every worker brings their own set of baggage to the workplace, and officials have created countless laws to protect these workers, making the hu…Read More

  5. 162 Future Jobs – The Video

    What are the odds that the job you’ll be doing 10 years from now doesn’t exist today? Turns out the odds are pretty high. According to a recent study by TheLadders, online job matching service, the fastest growing jobs are in user experience design, iOS and Android development, and business intelligence—some of which didn’t exist before 2007. Their research, which gathered key word search…Read More

  6. Solving a Billion-Person Problem

    My friend, Peter Diamandis, likes to say, “The best way to become a billionaire is to solve a billion-person problem.” When I first heard this phrase, I had difficulty imagining what a billion-person problem looked like. A problem that affects a billion unique individuals is far different than one affecting a single person one billion times. Hmmm, one person loaded down with a billion problems…Read More

  7. When the “Things” We Buy Know More About Us Than We Know About Them

    What if the things you were thinking about buying already knew you were considering a purchase? Much like going on a date, where the person you were dating wanted to look their best for you, what if the product went through a similar process, primping it’s hair and donning an inviting smile to present itself in the best possible light? Welcome to the Internet of Things, where our intentions alwa…Read More

  8. Three Laws of Exponential Capabilities – Video

    (Click to see video) We are entering into a world where driverless vehicles will eliminate millions of driving positions; robotic systems will work relentlessly day and night eliminating millions of manufacturing, welding, painting, and assembly positions; and things that seemed impossible to automate in the past will have computers and machines replacing people’s jobs. At the same time, the amo…Read More

  9. The Coming Era of Alternative Credentialing

    Earlier this week the DaVinci Institute became the first organization in the world to offer Microdegrees® to the graduates of the Institute’s coding school, DaVinci Coders. People who complete courses in Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, Swift/iOS, and Game Development will all be on track to receive this new form of credentialing. Working as a launch-partner with Atlanta-based Edevate, the Microdegre…Read More

  10. The Massive Opportunity coming for Ground-Based Delivery Drones

    On a recent trip from Montreal to Denver, Air Canada managed to misplace my one piece of luggage. Since I travel extensively around the world, it’s rare that I have my bags checked, but this time they insisted because of the size of the aircraft. I reluctantly agreed, and they proceeded to lose it somewhere between Montreal and my connecting flight in Toronto. None of this is terribly unusual. A…Read More