1. Fractal Transactions

    Launching a New Era in the Future of Money Imagine yourself sometime in the future sitting in front of a television, watching your favorite show, and a pizza commercial comes on. This is one of those commercials that hits you at exactly the right time and you instantly start craving pizza. For the n…Read More

  2. 2050 and the Future of Transportation

    Frictionless vehicles and binary power will define transportation in the world ahead Transportation technology is progressing at a much slower pace than some of the other sciences such as information technology, biotech, and nanotechnology. As an example, the world's human speed record was set in 19…Read More

  3. Nano-Weaponry: Entree to a Twisted Reality

    Invisible to the human eye, nano diameter needles will be shot like clusters of bullets from great distances to “pin” people to a wall or freeze their physical movement. Nano needles, because of their incredibly tiny diameter, will be the ultimate non-lethal weapon, leaving no visible wounds and…Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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 th…Read More

  6. 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 …Read More

  7. 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 du…Read More

  8. 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 vi…Read More

  9. 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

  10. 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.…Read More