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When the “Things” we buy know more about us than we know about them

April 23rd, 2015 at 4:50 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  What if the things you were thinking about buying already knew you were considering a purchase? Much like going on a date, where the person you were dating wanted to look their best for you, what if the product went through a similar process, primping it’s hair and donning an inviting smile […]



Three Laws of Exponential Capabilities – Video

April 20th, 2015 at 5:59 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  We are entering into a world where driverless vehicles will eliminate millions of driving positions; robotic systems will work relentlessly day and night eliminating millions of manufacturing, welding, painting, and assembly positions; and things that seemed impossible to automate in the past will have computers and machines replacing people’s jobs. At the […]



All those Damn Laws! Over 18 Million Laws in the U.S… and climbing!

March 30th, 2015 at 7:35 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  How many laws are affecting you as you’re reading this today?  If you think you know the answer, I will tell you you’re lying, and there is a law against lying about how many laws there are.  



Living the Life of Bubble People and Unlocking the Next Phase of Human Existence

March 19th, 2015 at 11:57 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  Having been born and raised on a small rural farm in South Dakota, I grew up with a very narrow perspective of the rest of the world. With only two TV channels and three radio stations to pick from, our news options were very limited.  As a teenager, watching the nightly newscasts […]



The Great Cow Epiphany and the Six Immutable Laws of Information

February 27th, 2015 at 3:54 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  Recent comments by Vint Cerf, vice president of Google and one of the founding fathers of the Internet, about the long-term viability of our data has many wondering what will happen to our digital information over the next 100, 200, or even 1,000 years.



Liter of Light project helps to illuminate Filipino homes with old plastic bottles

February 17th, 2015 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

Can something as simple as a used plastic bottle filled with water could be the difference between light and darkness for a lot of people?  This almost no-cost solution is raising the quality of life of thousands of families in the Philippines with no access to electricity that mostly use very dangerous kerosene lamps indoors.  



MIT researchers reveal an interface that allows us to plug our brain into a computer

February 3rd, 2015 at 9:15 pm » Comments Off

MIT senior, Christina Tringides, holds a sample of the multifunction fiber. MIT researchers reveal an interface that could make plugging our brain into a computer a reality. Their system uses new fibers less than a width of a hair that could deliver optical signals and drugs directly into the brain, along with electrical readouts to continuously […]



Bill Gates wants to tackle mobile banking without bitcoin

January 27th, 2015 at 12:35 pm » Comments Off

Bill and Melinda Gates have a pretty substantial to-do list.  In the Gates Foundation annual letter, they have outlined their long-term, 15 year goals for the challenges they wish to solve.  



New iPhone app helps blind with sight on demand

January 26th, 2015 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

By Developing systems to identify the tangibles in life come to her naturally, from how to stock her canned goods to labeling her music collection so she can listen to which ever genre strikes her, Karen Koch Rasmussen can navigate life just fine without sight. 



Semi-Random Walks #26: Futurist Thomas Frey

January 24th, 2015 at 4:27 pm » Comments Off

Thomas Frey is a the founder of the DaVinci Institute, and his job is to think about the future. How cool is that?



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