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Robots and drones: Coming soon to a construction site near you

March 14th, 2017 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

Advancements in the robotics field are helping to transform a number of industries, construction being one of them. Companies that build things can expect to see a host of new machines that perform a variety of tasks — adding efficiency to construction projects as well as reducing injuries to human workers.



Living On Mars: First City on Red Planet Planned by United Arab Emirates in ‘Mars 2117’ Project

March 8th, 2017 at 4:34 pm » Comments Off

The world has set its sights on Mars — not just to visit, but to stay. Private organizations and governments have made it their mission to get to the Red Planet, and the United Arab Emirates wants to be first. The UAE said it planned to build the first city on Mars in 100 years. […]



What if the internet stopped working for a day?

March 7th, 2017 at 12:19 pm » Comments Off

Jeff Hancock likes to give his Stanford University students weekend assignments that let them experience concepts discussed in class for themselves. Before 2008, he would sometimes challenge his students to stay off the internet for 48 hours and then discuss how it affected them. But when Hancock returned to work in 2009, after a year-long sabbatical, […]



Will My Future Self Be Disappointed in the Decisions I’m Making Today? – Excerpts from “Epiphany Z”

March 3rd, 2017 at 11:22 pm » Comments Off

On January 10, 2017, my new book, “Epiphany Z – Eight Radical Visions for Transforming Your Future“ was officially released in bookstores all around the world. Here are a few excerpts from the book where I discuss the concept of “future self.” Being a Futurist is far more than just making predictions. It involves digging deep […]



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 […]



Robots will replace over 250,000 government jobs — and that’s just the beginning

February 24th, 2017 at 4:17 pm » Comments Off

Automation could replace 250,000 jobs in government over the next 10 to 15 years — with potentially one million more under threat. The UK’s public sector workforce stood at around 5.3 million in the middle of last year, and has been falling since 2009, when it stood at 6.4 million. But that could be slashed significantly […]



Robots will destroy our jobs and we’re not even ready for it

January 20th, 2017 at 4:15 pm » Comments Off

The McDonald’s on the corner of Third Avenue and 58th Street in New York City doesn’t look all that different from any of the fast-food chain’s other locations across the country. Inside, however, hungry patrons are welcomed not by a cashier waiting to take their order, but by a “Create Your Taste” kiosk – an […]



9 Predictions for AI in 2017

January 18th, 2017 at 3:43 pm » Comments Off

2016 was a banner year for artificial intelligence. Alpha Go’s victory over Lee Sedol was perhaps one of the most important, but we saw advancements in self-driving cars, the continued embrace of bots and personal assistants for retail, adoption and competition around in-house assistants like Amazon Echo, along with frequent, sometimes weekly, breakthroughs on the […]



The patent bubble is ready to pop

January 18th, 2017 at 3:04 pm » Comments Off

I’m certainly not going to win any popularity contests for writing this article.  The last thing anybody wants to talk about after a presidential election is a patent bubble.  After all, most of us took a nice stock market beat down during the recent housing bubble and mortgage crisis.



Era of the robots

January 16th, 2017 at 6:26 pm » Comments Off

Donald Trump tends to present the labor market as a zero-sum game: companies have shifted production to China and other emerging markets. He’s going to bring those jobs home. Put aside for a moment how moving jobs back to a country with high costs gives companies an incentive to automate. There’s a bigger problem: After displacing U.S. manufacturing workers, robots are […]



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