1. Radical Transparency

      The Whole Earth Genealogy Project - Where will it lead? Starting with a concept for creating the genealogy for the entire earth, here is a fascinating journey into the topic of radical transparency. (more…)…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. The Complexity Disease

    Complexity is a Very-Real, Very-Destructive Disease that Destroys Human-Based Systems By Thomas Frey, Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute Often time we hear about some new disease that sounds kind of phony and quickly discard it because it sounds like some made-up name for a common personality quirk. So, when I talk about the “complexity disease”, your first inclina…Read More

  4. Lessons from the Ancient World

    Roman Numerals were a Numbering System that Prevented an Entire Civilization from Doing Any Higher Math By Thomas Frey, Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute During the time of the ancient Greek civilization several mathematicians became famous for their work. People like Archimedes, Pythagoras, Euclid, Hipparchus, Posidonius and Ptolemy all brought new elements of thinki…Read More

  5. Why Do We Fear the Future?

    Artwork by Patrick Turner   From Futurama to Prey, our view of the world ahead has become tainted with dismal prospects for a positive future By Thomas Frey, Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute Few of the science fiction buffs watching reruns of Matt Groening's now-defunct cartoon classic Futurama have any idea the name of the show was coined half a century earlier for…Read More

  6. Reinventing Property Rights on the Nano Scale

    Will people in the future sell real estate “information rights” as a separate property right? October 2007 By Thomas Frey, Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute “Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.” - George Bernard Shaw The concept of smart dust has been around for several years now. Smartdust is a hypothetical network of tiny wireless micro…Read More

  7. 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

  8. The Library of the Future Series Part 1 – The Time Capsule Room

      The Community Archive What was your community like in 1950, or for that matter in 1850 or even 1650? What role did your community play during the Civil War? How active was it during the Presidential elections of 1960? What was it's reaction to the bombing of Pearl Harbor? (more…)…Read More

  9. 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

  10. 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