1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Creating the self-delivering package

    A couple years ago I was asked to keynote the 8th annual Turkish Postal Symposium in Antalya, Turkey on the future of the postal industry. This was a fascinating event where thought leaders from around the world gathered to discuss next-generation postal systems. I focused my talk around a central…Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 78 Skills that will be Difficult to Automate

    Recently my wife Deb and I were eating at a local sushi restaurant, watching the itamae (sushi chefs) carefully preparing each meal. In Japan, becoming an itamae of sushi requires years of on-the-job training and apprenticeship. For this reason, I asked Deb if she would prefer eating sushi that was…Read More

  7. 14 Fallacies of the Coming Robot Apocalypse

    Over the past few weeks I’ve come across a growing number of tirades warning us of the dangers of robots. If you were concerned about A.I. in the past, once it’s tied to a robot, the warnings seem to escalate to imminent peril. Each of these writers seems to reach the same conclusion, that super…Read More