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The Coming Era of Mega Systems, Part 1 – Transportation

December 19th, 2014 at 11:46 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey – Let me begin with a couple questions. Question #1: The U.S. has two countries that touch its borders – Canada and Mexico. But what is its third closest neighbor? While most would probably look at the island nations in the Caribbean, the third closest is actually Russia, a scant 2.4 miles away, […]



Astronaut aboard the ISS needs a wrench and NASA successfully ‘emails’ him one

December 19th, 2014 at 10:47 pm » Comments Off

Astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore poses with the 3D-printed socket wrench emailed Anthony Domanico - We’re finally starting to see the benefits of having a 3D printer aboard the International Space Station, as NASA and Made in Space basically emailed a ratcheting socket wrench to astronaut Barry Wilmore.



How solar powered drones are about to transform your life

December 17th, 2014 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

 George Bye at the DaVinci Institute’s “Night with a Futurist” talking about the future of solar powered UAVs George Bye is the founder of Bye Aerospace, a Colorado company involved in the design of a unique solar-electric powered aircraft that use solar electric energy, stored in batteries, to drive a propeller to both fly and stay […]



Iowa is Creating the Digital Drivers License for Smart Phones

December 16th, 2014 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

Iowa residents may become the first in the U.S. to use a smartphone mobile app as their driver’s license. The Iowa Department of Transportation wants to let drivers keep an electronic version of a license on an app, in addition (or in lieu of) the traditional plastic one you’d keep in a wallet.



Sneak Peek: George Lucas’ Future Museum

December 14th, 2014 at 7:41 pm » Comments Off

Isolated, the words all sound so cliché. Organic. Flowing. Curvy. But set to the backdrop of Chicago’s blocky skyline, they assemble a brash thesis on the city’s future: The new George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is a low-slung knoll inside a landscape of towering Lego, an Egyptian pyramid reimagined for the year 2020.



Spray-On Solar

December 13th, 2014 at 7:16 am » Comments Off

Toronto’s Illan Kramer, Inventor of Spray-on Solar Illan Kramer, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, and IBM Canada’s Research and Development Center has invented a new way to spray solar cells onto flexible surfaces using minuscule light-sensitive materials known as colloidal quantum dots (CQDs)—a major step toward making spray-on solar cells easy and cheap to […]



Our Newest Unit of Measure – 1 Human Intelligence Unit – and Why it will Never Happen

December 10th, 2014 at 5:44 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: I’ve been closely watching the debate on artificial intelligence with people like Rodney Brooks saying it’s only a tool, and others like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking giving bone chilling warnings of how it could lead to the destruction of all humanity.



The technology-driven future will bring upheaval and opportunity

December 4th, 2014 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey Thomas Frey, executive director and senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute estimates that billions of jobs will disappear in the next 15 years due to the Internet of Things (IoT) and many associated technological advances, but these extreme and accelerating changes will also create many new industries and countless new jobs to […]



Evacuated Tube Transport Technology (ET3) is 50 times more efficient than rail

November 24th, 2014 at 2:17 pm » Comments Off

Evacuated Tube Transport Technology Evacuated Tube Transport Technology is magnetically levitated capsules in vacuum tubes.  Propulsion energy required is 100,000 times less than required by a car. ET3 will achieve 50 times more transportation per kWh (or ton of CO2) than electric cars or trains.  The cost is ten times less. They calculate they can […]



What Industries will produce the First Trillionaires?

November 24th, 2014 at 2:05 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: A few weeks ago I got into a discussion with some friends centered around this question. “What, in your mind, will be the most powerful entity in the world 100 years from now?”    



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