1. Entering the Era of Super Scalability – The Billion-Benchmark Club

    It was a monumental event that no one noticed. Just before 1800 the number of people on earth had climbed to what was then believed to be an astronomically large number – 1 billion. While this was indeed a landmark event, the occasion passed without fanfare. The combination of too few demographers…Read More

  2. How Long Before a Robot Chef Beats an Iron Chef?

    Will humans soon be battling for their survival against robots? Even though this has become a favorite Hollywood theme, the likelihood of that happening is nearly zero. Yes, we will have many clashes with human-controlled robots doing battle with other humans or human-controlled robots, but not with…Read More

  3. Does Social Media have a Polarization Problem?

    Wael Ghonim was a young computer engineer working for Google in Egypt when he became a central figure in the events leading up to the Arab Spring in 2011. In early 2011, Wael created a Facebook page titled, "A Revolution against Corruption, Injustice and Dictatorship," and the number of followers qu…Read More

  4. The 1,000-Revenue Stream Lifestyle

    In his famous poem, William Shakespeare begins with the lines, “All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” But what if that were true in more than just an allegorical sense? No, I’m not talking about the philosophical underpinnings of divine intervention or manifest …Read More

  5. The Future of Ignorance

    In 1901, Dr. Duncan MacDougall set out to discover if the human soul weighed anything. Working in the local old age home, he conducted a series of experiments where he weighed six patients on a precision scale both before and after they breathed their last breath. Comparing variations in the patient…Read More

  6. Twelve Critical Skills for the Future

    In the early 1990s, psychologist Robin Dunbar studied the social connections within groups of monkeys and apes. He theorized that the maximum size of their overall social group was limited by the size of their neocortex. Based on our neocortex size, Dunbar calculated that humans should be able to ma…Read More

  7. Top 10 Columns for 2015

    2015 saw 42 new unicorn companies ($1B+ valuation) take center stage, the most ever, and a clear indication that the scalability of Internet will redefine the business landscape for generations to come. For this reason, no industries are safe, nor should they be. Many are anxiously awaiting drone de…Read More

  8. The Trillion-Sensor Movement

    When was the last time you called a repairman to work on the mattress for your bed? At a recent hotel stay I found myself sleeping on a Sleep Number bed that seemed to adjust itself in the middle of the night. At times I’d wake up on a totally deflated bed and others it would be rock hard. Rather …Read More

  9. Why no industries are safe… nor should they be

    The first Internet gold rush ended poorly. In 2000 we entered the new millennium waiting to see if Y2K would destroy the world, but instead it was our over valued Internet stocks that caused markets to crash. The second Internet gold rush was just getting started when, in 2007, we watched our global…Read More

  10. Reaching 1 Billion Drones by 2030

    I was recently honored to be a guest speaker at a conference hosted by Mark Wilkins, Kevin Kelly, and the good people at Stampede on the “future of the drone industry” in Buffalo, NY. While most businesses are taking a wait and see attitude with flying drones, Stampede has not only embraced them…Read More