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Let’s print a mountain range in 3-D

October 28th, 2016 at 6:00 am » Comments Off

  Futurist Thomas Frey is in town to talk to a Greater Des Moines Partnership breakfast Friday. I caught up with him by phone to discuss how our metro is likely to change as disruptive technologies pile up. By the time we were done, I had half-jokingly asked him if Iowa could 3-D print a mountain range, […]



Futurist Thomas Frey predicts farming drones, driverless streets

October 20th, 2016 at 5:54 am » Comments Off

What will Iowa’s farms look like when the combines and tractors drive themselves? How will Des Moines’ banking and insurance sectors fare when supercomputers run financial markets? Where will Iowans live when a self-driving car can take them anywhere with the tap of a smartphone? These are the kind of questions Thomas Frey ponders.



An “A.I. teacherless” world is how we beat the jobs doomsday clock

October 14th, 2016 at 6:59 am » Comments Off

By Raymond Alvarez On Special Assignment – DaVinci Institute (Oct. 13, 2016) His quote has been following him around the globe. “A staggering 2 billion jobs will be lost to technological advancement by 2030.” The author is a tall Colorado author whom looks the part of seer – and maybe trumpet player for a jazz […]



9 Reasons Every Online Marketer Should Learn Code

September 14th, 2016 at 5:42 am » Comments Off

You’ve heard it said before that learning how to code is an important skill for everyone today. But maybe, as an online marketer – SEO expert, SMM expert or PPC/SEM expert – you probably don’t think that applies to you. Surely you can do your job just as effectively without having to know the basics […]



Six reasons you don’t need a college degree to excel in tech

September 13th, 2016 at 10:21 am » Comments Off

The tech industry is rapidly changing, but one thing has stayed the same: there’s a lot of demand for workers. Many people rule out the idea, though, feeling like they need a relevant degree to break into tech. However, that’s not even remotely true. Here are six reasons why you don’t need a computer science […]



8 Jobs that are easier to secure if you learn to code

June 17th, 2016 at 9:05 am » Comments Off

Many people believe that you should only learn programming if you’re wanting to pursue a career as a programmer. They’re wrong. Coding skills can come in handy in a range of roles—making you a more competitive candidate. Here are eight jobs that are easier to secure if you know how to code. NOTE: Visit DaVinci Coders to see […]



The Movement Of Coworking Spaces For Atypical Entrepreneurs

May 27th, 2016 at 10:05 am » Comments Off

Long Beach, California-based WE Labs recently opened its second coworking space in the historic Packard Building. Behind it is an empty lot, next door is an auto body shop, down the street are swanky new apartments, and a block away is the light rail. It looks like a textbook gentrification setting, but WE Labs’s clients […]



What “Sleep” Will Be Like in the future

May 24th, 2016 at 9:25 am » Comments Off

Futurists are accustomed to launching headfirst into some very complex subjects, but even the most high-minded and enthusiastic of prognosticators may take a pass when it comes to dealing with the future of sleep. That’s no cop out, it’s just that we humans — those in the developed world at least — maintain such a […]



Unbundled Education is allowing students to customize their educational experience

May 21st, 2016 at 11:37 am » Comments Off

Why pay for a whole degree, taking classes you don’t really want, spending multiple years to build skills that you may never use?  Unbundling is happening to education and the results are students with customized portfolios,  projects that are orientated towards skills employers are looking for, and industry level experience.



If You Want To Learn To Code, A Degree Might Be a Huge Waste Of Time

April 5th, 2016 at 7:50 am » Comments Off

Unless you get a  degree from Stanford or MIT, it will mean a lot less than having built your own apps to show off. Most Universities struggle to keep up with changing technology, and it will only boost your pay for the first 1-3 years. After that, those who are self taught can catch up […]



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