1. Dr. Seuss, the Grandfather of Nanotechnology

    Long before the physics of nanotechnology, a dreamer's dream sparked the world's imagination   Known to most by his pen name, Dr. Seuss, Theodore Geisel lived a life in a magical world populated by unusual characters – characters who are not so refined that a dinner invitation he would decline, he once said with a wink, I think. Like so many of us, I was raised with the bedtime stories of cats …Read More

  2. Seven Predictions for the Coming Age of Micronations

    NOTE: The following article is a reprint of the cover article I wrote for the May/June 2009 issue of The Futurist Magazine. On a recent trip to the Middle East, I was granted the opportunity to speak at the Leaders in Dubai Business Forum along with best-selling writer Tom Peters, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former World Bank President James Wolfensohn, and former McKinsey CEO Rajat …Read More

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Watching the Income Tax System Implode

    When it comes to our tax systems, we are living in caveman times   In the movie The Day After Tomorrow, survivors stranded in a library are easily persuaded to burn the multi-volume IRS Tax Code to stay warm. In this fictional scenario, the question one might ask before securing a match: Why did we wait until the end of the world? In 2003, I wrote a paper titled “The Coming Collapse of Income T…Read More

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. When Systems Collapse

    Rethinking our current systems and how to make them functional once again The panic that we hear coming from Wall Street and the halls of Washington, DC is not the typical panic associated with a recession. Instead, it is the seldom heard sounds of national systems imploding, collapsing around us. Conversation has turned to what was the unthinkable. The talk gathered momentum and now nervous whisp…Read More

  9. 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

  10. Carnage for Dubai’s Creative Class

    When policies and systems devastate innovation Cars are being abandoned in record numbers at Dubai International Airport. The dust-covered Mercedes and BMW's at the Dubai International Airport is a tell-tale reminder of what is happening there. The number of deserted cars crested the 3,000 mark in recent months, according to a Times Online article. What is happening is the over-extended are makin…Read More