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When the “Things” we buy know more about us than we know about them

April 23rd, 2015 at 4:50 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  What if the things you were thinking about buying already knew you were considering a purchase? Much like going on a date, where the person you were dating wanted to look their best for you, what if the product went through a similar process, primping it’s hair and donning an inviting smile […]

Washington state wants to turn old aircraft carriers into bridges

April 16th, 2015 at 1:04 pm » Comments Off

Washington State recently received federal funds for a study on a new and unique toll bridge concept.  The new bridge would be constructed of decommissioned US Navy Super Carriers.  

The Coming Era of Alternative Credentialing

April 10th, 2015 at 10:47 pm » Comments Off

  Futurist Thomas Frey:  Earlier this week the DaVinci Institute became the first organization in the world to offer Microdegrees® to the graduates of the Institute’s coding school, DaVinci Coders. People who complete courses in Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, Swift/iOS, and Game Development will all be on track to receive this new form of credentialing.  

The future is arriving far faster than expected

February 17th, 2015 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

The Acceleration of Acceleration: How The Future Is Arriving Far Faster Than Expected By:  Steven Kotler, and co-writer Ken Goffman One of the things that happens when you write books about the future is you get to watch your predictions fail. This is nothing new, of course, but what’s different this time around is the direction […]

Liter of Light project helps to illuminate Filipino homes with old plastic bottles

February 17th, 2015 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

Can something as simple as a used plastic bottle filled with water could be the difference between light and darkness for a lot of people?  This almost no-cost solution is raising the quality of life of thousands of families in the Philippines with no access to electricity that mostly use very dangerous kerosene lamps indoors.  

Nicholas Negroponte: Nanobots could be the future of learning

February 5th, 2015 at 1:50 pm » Comments Off

Nicholas Negroponte prefers extrapolations based on research to predictions.  But if pushed he will make a guess about future innovation.  Negroponte imagines a future where information will be delivered directly to the brain by tiny robots in your blood.

Four Rules for Game Testing Our Way to a Better Future

February 4th, 2015 at 3:09 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: At a recent video game tournament in Denver called ClutchCon, I was moderating a panel discussion on the future of video games, and we got into the topic of leveraging the time and energy spent playing video games into a “wisdom of crowds” approach for solving the world’s problems.    

Amazing new metal can make water bounce

January 31st, 2015 at 4:53 pm » Comments Off

University of Rochester scientists have created a metal that is so extremely hydrophobic that the water bounces on it.  They used lasers to etch a nanostructure on the metal itself rather than using chemical coatings.

Creating a bacterial kill switch using genome engineering

January 28th, 2015 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

Researchers announced in 2011 that they had reprogrammed the genome of the bacteria E. coli so that one of DNA’s methods of encoding information went unused.  While a technological breakthrough, the scientists didn’t do anything with the new bit of genetic code.  Now only a few years later, two different groups have taken this technological tour-de-force, and are using […]

Disruptive technology trends for the coming year

January 26th, 2015 at 2:04 pm » Comments Off

Every new year comes with a landslide of predictions and trends to guide us through the year.