1. Owning Your Own Country

    The world is in for some radical changes ahead. Hold on tight, we are in for a wild ride. Building islands, selling them as autonomous countries On a recent trip to Dubai, I spoke at the prestigious "Leaders in Dubai" forum along with the likes of Tom Peters, former NY City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, form…Read More

  2. The Opposite of War is Not Peace

    The weirdness of future of wars will make us wish we were dealing with knives and swords again In 1976, President Gerald Ford issued an executive order forbidding the assassination of any foreign head of state. This order was issued when word leaked out that the CIA had made several attempts on Cast…Read More

  3. Messing with the Reality of Reality

    Next Generation Gaming is Not for the Faint of Heart Life is a game. Every day we find ourselves in the middle of the game, involving the work we do, the people we hang out with, and the social structures that surround us. But who exactly created this game? Each day we live our lives as animated pla…Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. The New, New Language Wars

    When the United States was founded, only 40 percent of the people living within its boundaries spoke English as their first language. Today that number is 87%. For most of us, English is like the air we breathe: natural, given, right.  However, language is rarely a given, a fact of which many group…Read More

  7. Some Thoughts on Flying Cars

    Terrafugia - Redefining the flying car What exactly is a flying car? My life is a bit unusual in that I often have conversations with people about the topic of flying cars. Since I was a child I dreamed about the day that we would have flying cars. But, other than the vague notion of the flying car…Read More

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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