1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. All those Damn Laws! Over 18 Million Laws in the U.S… and climbing!

    How many laws are affecting you as you’re reading this today? If you think you know the answer, I will tell you you’re lying, and there is a law against lying about how many laws there are. I really don’t know that there is, but then again, you really don’t know that there isn’t. So we could both be in trouble. However, I do know that ignorance of the law is no defense. This is something…Read More

  6. Living the Life of Bubble People and Unlocking the Next Phase of Human Existence

    Having been born and raised on a small rural farm in South Dakota, I grew up with a very narrow perspective of the rest of the world. With only two TV channels and three radio stations to pick from, our news options were very limited. As a teenager, watching the nightly newscasts on television, I was thoroughly amazed at all of the things happening around the world, and yet none of them were happe…Read More

  7. Blueprint for a Makers District

    The demise of local retail stores has been painful to watch. Empty storefronts and weed-infested parking lots are gut-wrenching symbols of community decay. So if I told you there was an immediate way to turn this around, would that catch your attention? This whole transformation in thinking started with a short visit on Saturday to “The Source,” an artisan food market inside a former 1880‘s …Read More

  8. The Great Cow Epiphany and the Six Immutable Laws of Information

    Recent comments by Vint Cerf, vice president of Google and one of the founding fathers of the Internet, about the long-term viability of our data has many wondering what will happen to our digital information over the next 100, 200, or even 1,000 years. At the heart of the problem is something he refers to as “bit-rot,” decaying levels of information that can be found in our digital storage sy…Read More

  9. Three Great Machine Learning Paradoxes

    I installed my Nest Thermostat a little over a year ago. This “learning” machine was billed as being able to study the habits of people and adjust the settings to optimize both temperature and energy usage. But ever since then I’ve found myself in a constant battle with my thermostat. It’s cooling things down when I need heat, warming things up when I’d rather be cool, and the amount of …Read More

  10. Going Beyond Micro-Payments to Nano-Payments

    If a billion people each gave you a tenth of a cent, you would have $1 million. Over the past few weeks I’ve become enamored with the power of financial friction. This could involve everything from adding a tenth or hundredth of a cent charge to every email sent, social media “likes,” video downloads, views of copyrighted photos, and much more. Even though it may not seem significant, there …Read More