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The Big Trends in 3-D Printing

January 10th, 2015 at 8:15 am » Comments Off

It’s been a fast-paced year for 3D printing, with more capital, more companies, and more big ideas than ever. Behind the scenes, we’ve witnessed no fewer than 50 new ventures raising money in the 3D printing sector. That doesn’t include more than 40 crowdfunding projects on Kickstarter alone.



Idea Jam and The Future of Jobs with Futurist, Thomas Frey

January 2nd, 2015 at 12:46 pm » Comments Off

On November 7, 2014, I attended the “Idea Jam – Innovating for the Future” session put on by the Pacific Center for Workforce Innovation in San Diego. The purpose of the session was to identify the major challenges to the San Diego workforce in the coming years and to generate audience participation in visioning exercises […]



10 Ways the Next 10 Years will be Awesome!

December 23rd, 2014 at 2:08 pm » Comments Off

It’s hard to wait for the future to get here and give us all the amazing things we’ve dreamed up in our countless sci-fi books and movies (I’m still waiting for the hover-boards Back to the Future promised me). Though much of what we’ve seen on the big screen is still decades or millennia away… […]



A Futurist on our Future

December 20th, 2014 at 6:43 pm » Comments Off

Jared Lindzon - Mining asteroids, an activity that could produce the world’s first trillionaire by 2030. 3D-printed cruises ships and hospitals. But no more taxi drivers, firefighters and (gulp) journalists. Indeed, the future of the world according to Thomas Frey is not quite what you might expect. Frey is executive director and “senior futurist” at the DaVinci […]



Our Newest Unit of Measure – 1 Human Intelligence Unit – and Why it will Never Happen

December 10th, 2014 at 5:44 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: I’ve been closely watching the debate on artificial intelligence with people like Rodney Brooks saying it’s only a tool, and others like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking giving bone chilling warnings of how it could lead to the destruction of all humanity.



The world reshaped in 2015: The end of the population pyramids

December 4th, 2014 at 11:01 am » Comments Off

Demographers, teachers and politicians will stop talking about the population pyramid and start referring to the population dome in 2015. The change in terminology will reflect a profound shift in the shape and structure of societies. This is a shift that has been going on for 50 years and is only half complete.    



What Industries will produce the First Trillionaires?

November 24th, 2014 at 2:05 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: A few weeks ago I got into a discussion with some friends centered around this question. “What, in your mind, will be the most powerful entity in the world 100 years from now?”    



Not since 1966 has the federal government’s workforce been so small

November 23rd, 2014 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

The shrinking government workforce doesn’t mean that government spending is at record lows. It’s hard to believe the federal government now employs the fewest people since the mid-1960s. Yet according to jobs report earlier this month, the federal government now employs 2,711,000 people (excluding non-civilian military). Among the economy’s largest job sectors, it was the only […]



Why this is the best moment in history to be born in 23 charts

October 22nd, 2014 at 4:08 pm » Comments Off

There seems to be bad news everywhere you look these days. Sometimes it seems like the world is falling apart. Between Ebola, climate change, Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, and the ongoing war in Iraq and Syria.    



You will be a different person by the time you reach the end of this article

October 16th, 2014 at 8:14 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Whatever happened to that young child you were not so many years ago? As a baby, life was all about eating, sleeping, and dry diapers. Even though you are learning new things quickly, not much else really mattered.    



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