1. The Coming Era of AI-Enhanced Superhumans

    How many times have you wished a smarter person was leaning over your shoulder whispering the right answer in your ear? As I think about some of my own situations, a better response would have meant the difference between success and failure, whether its landing a job, going on a date, pitching an i…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. Using Drones to Eliminate Future Forest Fires

    In 2013, I proposed using drones to extinguish future forest fires. Admittedly, both the idea and the technology were crude, and proposing an idea like this is not the same as implementing a solution. During the first few minutes, between the time when a fire first starts and when it reaches a point…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. The Mannequin Vs. Model Showdown is Coming

    "If it weren’t for their glowing eyes, I would have sworn they were live fashion models dancing in the store window." Moving smoothly to match the music playing in the background, each of the seven perfectly proportioned mannequins swayed to a carefully choreographed set of moves designed to draw …Read More

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Should we gamify citizenship?

    We live in a world filled with status symbols. Every well-written resume is chocked full of symbols of distinction ranging from academic accomplishments, job titles, published works, personal endorsements, memberships, patents, awards, and more. However, most of these achievements go unnoticed. For …Read More

  10. Life begins at a billion moments

    When does artificial intelligence become real intelligence? And how do we define real intelligence? This is a question that AI experts and people in the tech community have been wrestling with for some time, a question that has led to “the billion moment theory.” The theory goes something like t…Read More