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Which Requires More Faith, Science or Religion?

April 11th, 2014 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: For the past several months I’ve been wrestling with this topic, and how to discuss it from a centrist viewpoint.    



What job creation looked like under the last six presidents

April 8th, 2014 at 8:46 am » Comments Off

There are many differences between the president’s terms. Overall employment was smaller in the ’80s, so a different comparison might be to look at the percentage change. Of course the participation rate was increasing in the ’80s (younger population and women joining the labor force), and the participation rate is declining now. But these graphs […]



The Great Barrier Backlash

April 5th, 2014 at 8:53 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: My wife Deb and I just returned from a weeklong trip to South Korea where much of our travel inside the country involved riding on the high-speed KTX Train (Korean Transit eXpress) from city to city.    



The Internet of Things brief history (Infographic)

March 31st, 2014 at 1:00 pm » Comments Off

Created by Best Computer Science Degrees has just created the “Understanding The Internet Of Things: Towards A Smart Planet” infographic that breaks down the technological development of networked appliances into a digestible format. (Infographic)  



The Next Bold Step in Transportation: Personal Rapid Transit Systems

March 13th, 2014 at 12:07 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Throughout history, speed has been synonymous with greatness. In sports, those who ran the fastest were heroes. In times of war, those with the fastest chariots, ships, planes, and weapons had a significant advantage. In the business world, a company’s competitive edge has typically been formed around speed – quickest delivery, fastest […]



Passing the Fortune Cookie Test

March 8th, 2014 at 8:39 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Yesterday my wife Deb and I had lunch at one of our favorite Chinese restaurants, and afterwards we’re given the typical fortune cookies that come with the bill. Jokingly I broke open the first one and asked, “I wonder if it’d be possible to create a real fortune sometime in the future […]



A Journey into the Land of Epiphany

March 2nd, 2014 at 8:03 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: I’ve always loved ideas and I think it stems from the fact that I’ve had so many to choose from. But it wasn’t about the sheer number of ideas I got to play with. Rather it was finding that one truly remarkable gem, the golden epiphany, hiding in amongst the others.   […]



Science fiction writers are really good at predicting the future

February 28th, 2014 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

Arthur C. Clarke predicted the iPad and online newspapers in 1968. Arthur C. Clarke declared in 1964, “trying to predict the future is a discouraging and hazardous occupation,” and yet he got it astoundingly right in his own predictions, including his 1968 vision for the iPad. Isaac Asimov predicted online education, Douglas Adams predicted ebooks, Ray Bradbury predicted […]



The history of programming languages

February 19th, 2014 at 11:51 am » Comments Off

Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, creator of the Ruby programming language in 1995 Have you ever wondered how computers got started and where programming languages came from? In the beginning, Charles Babbage’s difference engine could only be made to execute tasks by changing the gears which executed the calculations. Thus, the earliest form of a computer language […]



The Disruptive Nature of the Sharing Economy: Finding the Next Great Opportunities

February 3rd, 2014 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Many of us suffer from a sinister and often contagious disorder, something I call just-in-case disease. We own toolboxes full of tools, just in case we need to fix something. We have kitchens full of appliances just in case we want to prepare a meal. We have cars in our garages just […]



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