1. Modern Day Grandstanding and the Future of Getting Noticed

    On a recent trip to Amsterdam, I had a conversation with Axel Rüger, Director of the renowned Van Gogh Museum about what it was that made Van Gogh so famous. Was it his talent, the fact that he cut off his own ear, or a combination of both? As we continued the discussion, perhaps an even bigger que…Read More

  2. Extreme Graphene and the Coming Super Materials Gold Rush

    In 2004, scientists Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov from the University of Manchester, used adhesive tape to lift a thin layer of carbon from a block of graphite, and placed it on a silicone wafer. Graphite is the stuff commonly found in pencil lead. As simple as this sounds, what these two scientis…Read More

  3. Disrupting Healthcare – When Devices Replace Medicine

    Doctors today are constantly selling. No, it didn’t start out that way, but a system has evolved that richly rewards members of the physician's food chain if sales continue. These sales include the selling of tests, pills, therapy, referrals, or simply selling the patient on their competency as a …Read More

  4. When it comes to jobs, why is this time different?

    In 1964, and open letter was drafted and sent to President Johnson, warning him of the coming Triple Revolution. The letter was composed and signed by 35 members of the “Ad Hoc Committee on the Triple Revolution,” which include luminaries like Nobel Chemist, Linus Pauling; civil rights activist,…Read More

  5. 2050 and the Future of Infrastructure

    Much of the world around us has been formed around key pieces of infrastructure. Most see this as a testament to who we are as a society, and part of the cultural moorings we need to guide us into the future. In general, infrastructure represents a long-term societal investment that will move us alo…Read More

  6. The Laws of Exponential Capabilities

    When people like Google CEO, Larry Page, Virgin’s Richard Branson, and X-Prize Foundation CEO, Peter Diamandis, talk about us entering into a period of abundance, there has been a natural tendency to assume we’ll be entering into a life of leisure. People won’t have to work as hard and we will…Read More

  7. Launching the Whole Earth Genealogy Project

    Some of us get bitten by the genealogical bug early in life, others a bit later. But there are few of us who haven’t been haunted by the question - where did I come from? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. So when University of Southern California researchers invented something called t…Read More