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Artificial intelligence is the next giant leap in education

May 3rd, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

Glancing around school classrooms in 2016, it’s easy to miss just how far technology has transformed learning over the last decade. The desks, whiteboards and rows of chairs are the same, but so much else has changed that can’t be seen. A third of Britain’s schools are asking students to bring their own tablets and laptops […]



Inside the Mind of a Futurist – Secret Process for Understanding the Future Revealed

March 23rd, 2017 at 7:45 am » Comments Off

On April 10-14 the newly launched DaVinci Tech Academy will be hosting an intensive week-long workshop called “Inside the Mind of a Futurist.” Throughout this event, Michael Cushman and I will be unveiling a number of unusual processes for probing into the future. This course has been designed for corporate executives, planners, strategists, influential thinkers, […]



Medical Student Creates Patient-Specific 3D Printed Liver Model for Less Than $150

March 16th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

While researchers continue working hard to make readily available 3D printed organs a reality, we know that it likely won’t happen, at least not on a massively available and low-cost scale, for quite some time. However, 3D printing technology is often used in surgery these days, from surgical guides to implants to patient-specific medical models. Recently, a team developed patient-specific, cost-effective 3D printed liver models, […]



Your next teacher could be a teacherbot

March 2nd, 2017 at 12:24 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: We’re standing on the brink of an A.I. technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. Several early use cases for A.I. have begun to open our eyes as to how it will be used, but none quite as strikingly as when Google’s DeepMind […]



Inside the Mind of a Futurist – April 10-14, 2017

February 25th, 2017 at 12:19 pm » Comments Off

A little over two years ago I mentioned a new anticipatory thinking tool I’ve developed called “situational futuring.” It helps me gain better insight into the world ahead. Until now I hadn’t given too many details about how it worked, but I recently decided to reveal the entire process and how to apply it. While I’ve been very […]



The future of American jobs lies in the tech industry

February 15th, 2017 at 3:31 pm » Comments Off

When Donald Trump won the election, many in Silicon Valley were flummoxed: “How could a bigoted billionaire with no government experience and a twitchy Twitter trigger finger win the U.S. presidential election?” they asked themselves.



The best of the best U.S. jobs are tech, tech and tech, again

February 9th, 2017 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

Hey kids, want to grow up to land the best job in the country? Then keep poring over those math and science textbooks. Jobs that require a range of STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and math) claimed 14 spots in Glassdoor’s new “50 Best Jobs in America” survey, out Monday.



Americans reject the ‘homeschool myth’ — experts say it might be better than public or charter schools

February 7th, 2017 at 11:41 am » Comments Off

During Betsy DeVos’ recent three-hour confirmation hearing to become President Donald Trump’s education secretary, charter schools came up no fewer than 60 times. Homeschooling was mentioned once. Charter schools have become a significant part of the US public-education system and now educate 2.5 million kids. But homeschooling has quietly experienced a surge in recent years too. Brian Ray, a […]



Volunteering from home will soon be as common as working from home

January 27th, 2017 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

We’re all familiar with the concept of working from home—and in 2017 volunteering from home will become just as ubiquitous. A busy life, working two jobs, unsociable working hours, and living in a remote location can all make it difficult for people to give time or money to good causes in their community. But technology now […]



What will be the largest internet company in 2030? This prediction will probably surprise you.

January 27th, 2017 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

Thirty years ago, it was a big deal when schools got their first computers. Today, it’s a big deal when students get their own laptops. According to Futurist Thomas Frey, in 14 years it’ll be a big deal when students learn from robot teachers over the internet. It’s not just because the technology will be that sophisticated, […]



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