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America’s unhealthy obsession with productivity is driving its biggest new reading trend

April 22nd, 2017 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

“I probably started reading ultra hardcore about seven or eight years ago,” says Tom Bilyeu, an entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. “Ultra hardcore” means that Bilyeu reads everywhere: While he brushes his teeth, while he gets dressed, in the 30 seconds it takes to cross rooms in his house, he’s reading. “My big secret is,” […]



BARCLAYS: Amazon is probably going to be one of the first ‘trillion-dollar’ companies (AMZN)

April 19th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

Amazon’s stock price has been on a tear over the last year, gaining 46%. A Barclays equity research team led by Ross Sandler thinks that the party may just be getting started, initiating coverage of the stock with $1120 price target, or 29% upside. In a flurry of notes released from their Internet & Media desk on March 29, […]



Domino’s has already outperformed every tech stock, now robots will deliver its pizzas

April 18th, 2017 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

Over the last decade, the stock price of Domino’s Pizza has crushed that of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook mainly because it stopped making pizza that tasted like cardboard. Now it’s innovating on the labor front with plans to test robots as substitutes for your friendly pizza delivery guy. “With our growth plans over the […]



How the Internet of Things is transforming industries you never imagined

April 15th, 2017 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

Growing up, computers were mainly tools for automating secretarial tasks, not for professional work. Economist Robert Solow observed around that time, “You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics.” But in the late 1990′s information technology became truly transformative. Combined with the commercial Internet and email, they became conduits to a […]



The retail apocalypse has officially descended on America

April 6th, 2017 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

Getty Images Thousands of mall-based stores are shutting down in what’s fast becoming one of the biggest waves of retail closures in decades. More than 3,500 stores are expected to close in the next couple of months. Department stores like JCPenney, Macy’s, Sears, and Kmart are among the companies shutting down stores, along with middle-of-the-mall […]



Wikipedia bots act more like humans than expected

March 12th, 2017 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

‘Benevolent bots’ or software robots designed to improve articles on Wikipedia sometimes have online ‘fights’ over content that can continue for years, say scientists who warn that artificial intelligence systems may behave more like humans than expected. Editing bots on Wikipedia undo vandalism, enforce bans, check spelling, create links and import content automatically, whereas other […]



Dash Passes Litecoin and Monero to Claim Number 4 Cryptocurrency Status

March 7th, 2017 at 1:52 pm » Comments Off

In a major price surge, Dash has nearly doubled market cap over the last month, overtaking Litecoin and Monero to become the fourth most valued cryptocurrency. This week one year ago, Dash was the #7 ranked cryptocurrency with a market cap of about $23 mln. This number grew steadily over the course of the year, finishing out the year with […]



The Data-Driven Transformation of Intelligence

February 28th, 2017 at 6:23 pm » Comments Off

When “little green men” invaded Crimea in early 2014, they left a data trail that went largely unnoticed by the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC).  Distracted by a large Russian exercise to the west, the IC did not connect the digital dots that indicated the impending invasion.  In the Information Age, the “dots” are more plentiful […]



Which 5 jobs will robots take first?

February 27th, 2017 at 9:32 am » Comments Off

In 2012, Futurist Thomas Frey predicted that 2 billion jobs would disappear by 2030, roughly half of all jobs that exist today. Oxford University researchers reinforced this with their estimates that 47 percent of U.S. jobs could be automated within the next two decades. But which ones will robots take first? First, we should define […]



Inside the Mind of a Futurist – April 10-14, 2017

February 25th, 2017 at 12:19 pm » Comments Off

A little over two years ago I mentioned a new anticipatory thinking tool I’ve developed called “situational futuring.” It helps me gain better insight into the world ahead. Until now I hadn’t given too many details about how it worked, but I recently decided to reveal the entire process and how to apply it. While I’ve been very […]



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