1. The Future of Libraries: Interview with Thomas Frey

    Libraries in the future will come in many different forms NOTE: The following is a reprint of an interview that recently appeared in American Libraries Magazine Without consulting a crystal ball, Thomas Frey, executive director and senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute, writes and speaks about a …Read More

  2. The Coming of the Terabyters

    A new breed of worker, equipped with uber-geek data-capturing tools, are about to usher in a whole new information era Recently I was preparing for a talk on the future of money, a talk I have given many times in the past, and I became absorbed with one singular thought – the relationship between…Read More

  3. A Country of 90,000 Governments

    The total number of governmental bodies in the U.S. is approaching a staggering number - 90,000. During normal economic times there is plenty of money to go around, but now every city, state, county, parish, township, and special taxing district is competing for the same tax dollars that the federal…Read More

  4. Ghost Towns of the Internet

    When today’s data goldmines becomes tomorrow’s data carcasses In 1859 the tiny community of Tin Cup, Colorado got its first taste of gold fever. A tiny amount of gold was all it took for prospectors to start poking around with hopes of striking it rich. Twenty years later they landed their first…Read More

  5. The Day that Google Died

    It was a frenzy of activity as workers scurried from office to office, making their final checks, gathering books, papers, and personal belongings. Many were still stunned over the announcement that Google was closing its doors. The final minutes before the deadline were reserved for tearful hugs an…Read More

  6. The Great Bank & Credit Card Backlash

    The smell of corruption is offending more than few nostrils Recent attempts by Congress and the Federal Reserve Board to curb the excessive fees being charged by credit cards, banks, and finance companies have resulted in a punitive industry response with interest rates and fees climbing in almost e…Read More

  7. 7.) Trends to Watch in 2010 – Colleges Face the Perfect Storm

      After looking at all the signals, there is no other way to describe it. Colleges are under attack. Several legs of the financial stools upon which they are sitting have been kicked out from under them, forcing higher tuition rates on an already cautious base of consumers. But money is only part o…Read More

  8. 6.) Trends to Watch in 2010 – The Turing Test for Avatars

    The recently released James Cameron thriller Avatar has set an entirely new standard for moviemaking, and in the process has given us a visualization of what the evolution of the avatar may lead to. The term “avatar” in the context of a digital computer-self was first coin by Neal Stephenson in …Read More

  9. 5.) Trends to Watch in 2010 – Bookless Libraries

      Many people regarded the September 2009 headline, “Cushing Academy Goes Bookless” as more of a curiosity than a serious trend. The way Cushing Headmaster James Tracy put it, "Instead of a traditional library with 20,000 books, we’re building a virtual library where students will have acces…Read More