1. Future of Work: The New Age of Employment

    For the past century, the work of every car designer has focused on one central activity – driving! The art of creating the perfect driving experience has been extremely complicated, with humans coming in a variety of shapes and sizes and the car itself evolving into far more than just a machine. …Read More

  2. Seven ways digital twins will affect your life in 2028 and beyond

    Recently I was given a behind-the-scenes tour of Siemens Robotics Lab in Princeton, NJ where they demonstrated digital twin technology on a self-organizing manufacturing process. For those of you new to the concept, a digital twin is a virtual representation of a real-life physical product, building…Read More

  3. 52 Future Degrees Colleges Are Not Offering Yet

    I was thoroughly intrigued when I found out the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado was offering a degree in asteroid mining. Yes, the idea of extracting water, oxygen, minerals, and metals from an asteroid sounds like science fiction to most people, but it’s not that far away.  In fac…Read More

  4. 11 critical skills for the future that aren’t taught in school

    A few weeks ago a person who I hadn’t met before asked me what my superpower was. As an icebreaker at a networking event, this is a great question to get to know someone. However, since I had never been asked this question before, I must admit, I was caught a bit flatfooted. Your superpower is the…Read More

  5. Mini Airports: Coming to a city near you

    As a futurist, I often get questions about flying cars. Well, the bad news is that we will never actually get to the flying car era that many have imagined, but flying drone taxis are similar and will prove to be far better. And the best part is they’re right around the corner. When flying drones …Read More

  6. 20 common jobs in 2040

    German industrial giant, Siemens, recently hosted an Innovation Day that I participated in at their Chicago design center to give thought leaders in the U.S. a first look at many of the cutting edge technologies they’re working on. The topics they covered ranged from autonomous vehicles, to drone …Read More

  7. Pushing the Envelope of Human Existence 

    Having been born and raised on a small rural farm in South Dakota, I grew up with a very narrow perspective of the rest of the world. With only two TV channels and three radio stations to pick from, our news options were very limited. As a teenager, watching the nightly newscasts on television, I wa…Read More

  8. Giving the future a ‘hole’ new perspective

    I often get asked the question, “How did you become a futurist?” When I get this question, I know that the person asking is secretly thinking that being a futurist is one of the coolest professions of all times, which it is. And they want some concrete process for becoming a futurist, which ther…Read More

  9. Turbulent times ahead for cities: 63 looming issues

    Cities are in trouble. Never before have we seen such a massive convergence of technologies affecting cities as profoundly as we see today. Very few have looked at tech adoption rates as something to monitor. The current retail apocalypse is just the tip of the iceberg as many cities in the U.S. ar…Read More