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The future of convenience retailing

September 26th, 2014 at 8:36 am » Comments Off

Technology will have a profound effect on the way convenience stores conduct their business. Steve Jobs once cautioned, “you can’t connect the dots looking forward.” You can only connect them looking backwards, so you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”    



Top 10 questions the Pew Research Center has tackled in the past 10 years

September 22nd, 2014 at 12:05 pm » Comments Off

The Pew Research Center was established by The Pew Charitable Trusts ten years ago to bring together several of Pew’s information initiatives. The new organization had a unique mission to offer nonpartisan, non-advocacy information to decision-makers and the public. The Center has amassed a large body of work over the past decade. For their tenth anniversary, here’s a look […]



Seven Reasons Why the Value of Human Life is Increasing Exponentially

September 15th, 2014 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: What’s the value of a human life? For some of you this is a very disconcerting question because it attempts to put a dollar value on a person, something we value in far different ways.    



Will solar roadways actually work?

September 4th, 2014 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

Solar roadway Scott and Julie Brusaw have faced a constant barrage of skepticism and even outright hostility since they went public with their idea for building solar-powered LED roadways.    



Establishing the Central Bank of Bitcoin

August 18th, 2014 at 10:23 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: The year is 2024. It seemed like a piece of nostalgia to open a new bank account and get a free toaster, but this wasn’t any ordinary toaster, and it certainly wasn’t any ordinary bank. The new Internet of Things Toaster was one of the coolest gadgets of all times, and the […]



2050 and the Future of Infrastructure

August 4th, 2014 at 2:41 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Much of the world around us has been formed around key pieces of infrastructure. Most see this as a testament to who we are as a society, and part of the cultural moorings we need to guide us into the future.    



When Everyone Becomes Blackmailable

July 22nd, 2014 at 10:17 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: On a recent driving trip, my wife and I became immersed in the audio version of one of Tom Clancy’s last novels titled, “Threat Vector.” Without giving away too much of the plot, a Chinese super-geek villain has hatched a plan to hack into our most secure networks and blackmail people with […]



The Growing Dangers of Technological Unemployment and the Re-Skilling of America

July 7th, 2014 at 8:00 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: In March, when Facebook announced the $2 billion acquisition of Oculus Rift, they not only put a giant stamp of approval on the technology, but they also triggered an instant demand for virtual reality designers, developers, and engineers.    



‘Situational Futuring’ and 44 Mind-Stretching Scenarios to Learn How to Use It

June 23rd, 2014 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Last week I got into a discussion with a friend about the concept of self-contained water. If you think in terms of picking up a bottle of water, only without the bottle, you get the picture.    



This is your brain on a smartphone

June 14th, 2014 at 8:52 am » Comments Off

A mobile junkie. When is the last time you powered your smartphone all the way down?  Try turning it all the way off now. Take your phone out and turn it off (note: this is not advised if you are reading this on your mobile. In this case you are probably too far gone). Fair […]



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