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Five-Part Sharing-Economy Solution to the Refugee Crisis

October 9th, 2015 at 4:14 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  A few weeks ago I was asked to appear on CCTV, the Chinese-American television channel for an interview about the topic of border walls. With the crisis in Syria deepening, affecting bordering countries and virtually all of the European Union, the show’s moderator asked me a series of tough questions about immigration […]

Probability of Singularity in Question

September 10th, 2015 at 4:05 pm » Comments Off

There is a hypothesis by Theodore Modis, that we can expect the rate of technological progress to begin slowing soon, because contrary to Ray Kurzweil, and ilk, technological progress is not exponential, it is logistical. Modis argues that the exponential growth in technology is a fallacy and that the true nature of the growth is […]

The Day the Banking Industry Died

September 1st, 2015 at 12:07 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  It was rather anticlimactic when it finally happened, but the front door simply failed to open.

Our Emerging Superhero Culture

September 1st, 2015 at 11:55 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  When my oldest son Darby was 8 years old, he looked at his 3-year old sister, Shandra, and pointedly said, “She’s worthless! She couldn’t save anyone!”

Millennials have become the Ben Franklin generation

August 14th, 2015 at 7:22 pm » Comments Off

An online financial services start-up, Wealthfront, has squarely and unashamedly targeted Millennial wallets and raised$64 million last month. That’s on top of $35 million that venture firms plowed into the company earlier this year.  

Uber has made a real difference for women in Saudi Arabia

August 14th, 2015 at 7:04 pm » Comments Off

Women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. That leaves women reliant on male relatives or paid services to get to stores, school, and (increasingly) work. So when Uber launched in Riyadh in early 2014, its impact went beyond the general convenience of tech-enhanced ride hailing. The company has made a real difference in […]

Yahoo: The number of mobile ‘addicts’ up 60% in the last year

July 21st, 2015 at 6:37 pm » Comments Off

Are you constantly checking your smartphone?  Are you opening apps on it more than 60 times a day?  If so, you are not alone.  Right now throughout the world there are more than 280 million of these so-called “mobile addicts”, according to recently shared statistics by Flurry, an app analytics company that Yahoo bought last year.  

The startup scene in India one of the worst in the world for women

July 17th, 2015 at 1:33 pm » Comments Off

Even with the fastest growing startup ecosystem in the world, India is a bleak place for women entrepreneurs.  India was ranked 29th, in a new study of 31 countries, for the support it provides to women entrepreneurs.  

Technological destiny: Are we in control—or just along for the ride?

July 16th, 2015 at 8:16 pm » Comments Off

We imagine stuff, we want stuff, we build stuff, and repeat.  New innovations are born in our mind, and we humans choose which of those visions to bring into existence, is a standard assumption of technological progress.    

When humans live for 1,000 years, marriage won’t make sense

July 14th, 2015 at 4:57 pm » Comments Off

Many peopler were jubilant when the US Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of gay marriage, events that lead to more freedom and equality are positive progress.  However, the fact that marriage—especially to many young people—isn’t as attractive as it once was seems to be missing from most news coverage.