Viola Organista Five centuries ago a man by the name of Leonardo Da Vinci sat down and sketched a design for something he clearly thought would improve what we now know as classical music. He never built the thing, though. Whatever the reason for not building it, more than 500 years after Da Vinci first sketched [...]
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Would the world be a better place if Adolph Hitler never existed? While many people will argue over who exactly was the worst of the worst, with names like Pol Pot, Josef Stalin, Idi Amin, Ivan the Terrible, Genghis Khan, Nero, Osama bin Laden, Attila the Hun, and Hirohito entering the conversation, it’s easy to [...]
Elon Musk and Daryl Oster, competing for what could become the world’s largest infrastructure project Futurist Thomas Frey: When Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk, mysteriously leaked that he was working on his Hyperloop Project, the combination of secrecy, cryptic details, and his own flair for the dramatic all contributed to the media frenzy that followed. [...]
Futurist Thomas Frey: What has been the hardest problem you’ve had to solve in your life? As I step you through this question, just focus on the ones where you actually found a solution.
An American Columbus for the space age should generate space colonies with a population of 300,000 people within about 25 years of the start of space colonization. Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October in the U.S. Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival [...]
Futurist Thomas Frey: Yesterday my wife Deb and I took a tour of the amazing Queensland Library in Brisbane, Australia and were thoroughly impressed with both the size and scope of their facility.
Technology changes the skills we need to learn. A New York Times column written a while ago by Bill Keller, stirred up some controversy when he wrote that he was worried about his 13 year-old daughter joining Facebook and how it would have a debilitating effect on her intellectual faculties. Technology advocates pounced on his [...]
Futurist Thomas Frey: Our teenage years have always been a time of great awkwardness, super hormones, and bad decision-making. But lately these years have moved even further down the path of supreme weirdness.
Futurist Thomas Frey: How quickly we forget. Events of 20 years ago seem like a distant memory, but 1994 was the year when Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa, O.J. Simpson was arrested for killing his wife, huge massacres were happening in Rwanda and Sarajevo, and China got its first connection to the Internet. [...]
In 2009, over 4 million students were taking some sort of course online. The insertion of the internet into our daily lives sure has changed the landscape of how distance learning has evolved and is consumed, there was certainly a lot of history that preceded it. The infographic below takes a look at the strides distance [...]