1. 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

  2. The Happiness Index

    A New Way to Measure the World Around Us What is the value of being happy? Yes, happiness means different things to different people, but even without having a common definition, happiness has become a significant focal point of study and research around the world. And working on the assumption that…Read More

  3. Creating the Ultimate Information Experience

    Planning Our Next Generation Libraries Literacy is a learned skill involving an ability to transform characters on paper into mental concepts and images. Listening to an audio book requires a slightly different skill, but requires the ability to transform audio sounds into mental concepts and images…Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  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. The Complexity Disease

    Complexity is a Very-Real, Very-Destructive Disease that Destroys Human-Based Systems By Thomas Frey, Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute Often time we hear about some new disease that sounds kind of phony and quickly discard it because it sounds like some made-up name fo…Read More

  10. Lessons from the Ancient World

    Roman Numerals were a Numbering System that Prevented an Entire Civilization from Doing Any Higher Math By Thomas Frey, Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute During the time of the ancient Greek civilization several mathematicians became famous for their work. People like A…Read More