1. All those Damn Laws! Over 18 Million Laws in the U.S… and climbing!

    How many laws are affecting you as you’re reading this today? If you think you know the answer, I will tell you you’re lying, and there is a law against lying about how many laws there are. I really don’t know that there is, but then again, you really don’t know that there isn’t. So we cou…Read More

  2. Blueprint for a Makers District

    The demise of local retail stores has been painful to watch. Empty storefronts and weed-infested parking lots are gut-wrenching symbols of community decay. So if I told you there was an immediate way to turn this around, would that catch your attention? This whole transformation in thinking started …Read More

  3. The Great Cow Epiphany and the Six Immutable Laws of Information

    Recent comments by Vint Cerf, vice president of Google and one of the founding fathers of the Internet, about the long-term viability of our data has many wondering what will happen to our digital information over the next 100, 200, or even 1,000 years. At the heart of the problem is something he re…Read More

  4. Three Great Machine Learning Paradoxes

    I installed my Nest Thermostat a little over a year ago. This “learning” machine was billed as being able to study the habits of people and adjust the settings to optimize both temperature and energy usage. But ever since then I’ve found myself in a constant battle with my thermostat. It’s c…Read More

  5. Going Beyond Micro-Payments to Nano-Payments

    If a billion people each gave you a tenth of a cent, you would have $1 million. Over the past few weeks I’ve become enamored with the power of financial friction. This could involve everything from adding a tenth or hundredth of a cent charge to every email sent, social media “likes,” video do…Read More

  6. Four Rules for Game Testing Our Way to a Better Future

    At a recent video game tournament in Denver called ClutchCon, I was moderating a panel discussion on the future of video games, and we got into the topic of leveraging the time and energy spent playing video games into a “wisdom of crowds” approach for solving the world’s problems. Video games…Read More

  7. Technological Unemployment and our Need for Micro Colleges

    Business owners today are actively deciding whether their next hire should be a person or a machine. After all, machines can work in the dark and don’t come with decades of HR case law requiring time off for holidays, personal illness, excessive overtime, chronic stress or anxiety. If you’ve not…Read More

  8. 12 Emerging Trends that Everyone Missed at CES

    Every year that I attend CES in Las Vegas I reach a point of sensory overload. It’s not just from all the people, lights, noise, and smells, but an overload of product strategies and emerging trends for the coming year. With everything from R2D2 showing up outside the convention center, to meeting…Read More