1. When Our Data Leaves Us Naked

    Will the convergence of search technology and RFID chips improve our lives or forever put us in a fishbowl for all to see? Findability Vs Spyability Has this ever happened to you? Over the years, my eyes have grown progressively myopic. I don’t mind my fuzzy view of things distant. My short range …Read More

  2. Seven Predictions for the Coming Age of Micronations

    NOTE: The following article is a reprint of the cover article I wrote for the May/June 2009 issue of The Futurist Magazine. On a recent trip to the Middle East, I was granted the opportunity to speak at the Leaders in Dubai Business Forum along with best-selling writer Tom Peters, former New York Ci…Read More

  3. Future Libraries: Once a Refuge, Now They Mean Business

    Establishing new relevancy standards amid a sea change of technology options and budget constraints Traditionally a quiet place for lovers of books to unwind, libraries are a place for serious students to escape to, a treasure trove for aspiring writers - and even a great hiding place from bullies w…Read More

  4. Creating the Ultimate Small Storage Particle

    Creating the Ultimate Small Storage Particle When will we reach an endpoint? The answer (after the jump) will surprise you “When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images.” - Niels Bohr, reci…Read More

  5. Watching the Income Tax System Implode

    When it comes to our tax systems, we are living in caveman times In the movie The Day After Tomorrow, survivors stranded in a library are easily persuaded to burn the multi-volume IRS Tax Code to stay warm. In this fictional scenario, the question one might ask before securing a match: Why did we wa…Read More

  6. The Future of Agriculture

    Radical transformations are brewing in the world’s oldest industry Can better food create better people? Will a better food supply lead to healthier, stronger, better thinking people? This is exactly the premise that is driving many of the advances in farming today. To understand agribusiness in t…Read More

  7. When Systems Collapse

    Rethinking our current systems and how to make them functional once again The panic that we hear coming from Wall Street and the halls of Washington, DC is not the typical panic associated with a recession. Instead, it is the seldom heard sounds of national systems imploding, collapsing around us. C…Read More

  8. Future Libraries: Nerve Center of the Community

    Ever since the people of ancient Nineveh began storing and classifying their books nearly 3,000 years ago, libraries have been hallowed and largely unchanging bastions of learning. But in the information age, libraries have been caste with a new identity, and the future is evolving into a very diffe…Read More

  9. Ten-X Stimulus Projects

    Separating the wheat from the chaff as we invest in our future As we begin the process of thinking through the places where we can insert the electrodes and shock new life into the global economy, I would propose a new way of reviewing proposals, allowing the best of the best to rise to the top. I p…Read More

  10. Fourteen Future Trends for Business in 2009 and Beyond

    Global shifts will cause a new social order to emerge As I started pulling my notes together for 2009 trends, I instantly became overwhelmed by the sheer volume of changes currently in the works. The number of moving parts seems to exceed the number of stationary parts. All of our markets, systems, …Read More