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This Week in Libraries interviews Futurist Thomas Frey

April 24th, 2014 at 9:47 am » Comments Off

No Business as usual with libraries, taking control of your destiny by a better understanding of the future and just in case vs. just in time scenarios. Erik Boekesteijn of This Week in Libraries interviews Futurist Thomas Frey on the future of libraries. (Video)    



The Singularity and Our Collision Path with the Future

April 18th, 2014 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, has predicted that we will reach a technological singularity by 2045, and science fiction writer Vernor Vinge is betting on 2029, a date that is ironically on the hundredth anniversary of the greatest stock market collapse in human history.    



Mark Cuban invests in PowerPot, a pot that charges your smartphone by boiling water

April 17th, 2014 at 10:50 am » Comments Off

Mark Cuban invests in PowerPot. The PowerPot is an awesome device that charges your phone by boiling water in a pot. The device has just become the next hot thing, thanks to its appearance on ABC’s hit reality show, “Shark Tank.” (Video)    



New water desalination technology makes ocean water drinkable

April 8th, 2014 at 9:45 am » Comments Off

New method devised using a small electrical field that will remove the salt from seawater. Chemists with the University of Texas and the University of Marburg have devised a method of using a small electrical field that will remove the salt from seawater.  



The Great Barrier Backlash

April 5th, 2014 at 8:53 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: My wife Deb and I just returned from a weeklong trip to South Korea where much of our travel inside the country involved riding on the high-speed KTX Train (Korean Transit eXpress) from city to city.    



162 Future Jobs: Preparing for Jobs that Don’t Yet Exist

March 21st, 2014 at 11:35 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Last week I was speaking at an event in Istanbul. As usual, once I landed at the airport, I made my way to the customs area where I was greeted by no fewer than 1,000 people in line ahead of me.    



The Next Bold Step in Transportation: Personal Rapid Transit Systems

March 13th, 2014 at 12:07 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Throughout history, speed has been synonymous with greatness. In sports, those who ran the fastest were heroes. In times of war, those with the fastest chariots, ships, planes, and weapons had a significant advantage. In the business world, a company’s competitive edge has typically been formed around speed – quickest delivery, fastest […]



Passing the Fortune Cookie Test

March 8th, 2014 at 8:39 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Yesterday my wife Deb and I had lunch at one of our favorite Chinese restaurants, and afterwards we’re given the typical fortune cookies that come with the bill. Jokingly I broke open the first one and asked, “I wonder if it’d be possible to create a real fortune sometime in the future […]



A Journey into the Land of Epiphany

March 2nd, 2014 at 8:03 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: I’ve always loved ideas and I think it stems from the fact that I’ve had so many to choose from. But it wasn’t about the sheer number of ideas I got to play with. Rather it was finding that one truly remarkable gem, the golden epiphany, hiding in amongst the others.   […]



This Gates-funded toilet will change how we think about poop

February 24th, 2014 at 5:23 pm » Comments Off

Yan Qu and Clement Cid spend a lot more time thinking about poop than your average academics. The pair, both at Caltech, are part of a team working on what could be the future of bathrooms: a self-cleaning, solar-powered toilet that turns human waste into hydrogen and fertilizer.    



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