1. Where is My Flying Car?

    First things first. Before we can have flying cars, we will need to go through the era of flying delivery drones Imagine yourself in 2030, 20 years in the future, sitting in your living room watching your favorite show on a 3D holographic display, and you witness a product placement scene where som…Read More

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Next Generation Literacy

    "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who can't read & write, but those who can't learn, unlearn & relearn." - Alvin Toffler So what is literacy? The first time I listened to an audio book I thought I was cheating. As a child, reading for me seemed like a lot of work, and my …Read More

  5. 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

  6. Maximum Freud

    A few thoughts on "Maximum Freud" In 1972, I was young engineering student at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. One of the first courses I was required to take was a short-course on slide rules. For those of you who don’t know what a slide rule is – first came the abacus, then came…Read More

  7. Systems Thinking and the Future of Education

    Short video clip on "Systems Thinking" recorded at the Plan Fort Collins event on March 3, 2010 A recent article in iLibrarian explained it this way. Online education seems set on its course to overtake traditional colleges within the next few decades, especially as our society becomes ever more dep…Read More

  8. 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

  9. 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