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January 28th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

37 Critical Problems that need to be Solved for Drone Delivery to become Viable

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Futurist Thomas Frey: It all started when Toni, one of our staffers working on our flying drone workshop, asked me a simple question. She asked, “Since I live in an apartment complex, if I order something to be delivered by drone, where would they leave the package?”

 

 

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January 27th, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Harvard professors: Privacy is dead and it’s never coming back

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Imagine a world where a department store knows from your buying habits that you’re pregnant even before your family does or mosquito-sized robots fly around stealing samples of your DNA.  Continue Reading »

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January 21st, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Technological Unemployment and our Need for Micro Colleges

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Futurist Thomas Frey: Business owners today are actively deciding whether their next hire should be a person or a machine. After all, machines can work in the dark and don’t come with decades of HR case law requiring time off for holidays, personal illness, excessive overtime, chronic stress or anxiety.

 

 

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January 19th, 2015 at 4:38 pm

What we can learn about the future through reading science fiction books

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What I Learned About the Future by Reading 100 Science Fiction Books

By Tiago Forte:

Over the past two years I’ve read 100 sci-fi novels, averaging about one per week. See the full list here, with my favorites. I started reading sci-fi to pass the time. I had good memories of readingJurassic Park as a kid. I continued because I noticed that it gave me something: a stronger imagination, a disrespect for the merely possible. Continue Reading »

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December 29th, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Ray Kurzweil believes we don’t need to fear artificial intelligence

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Ray Kurzweil:  Stephen Hawking, the pre-eminent physicist, recently warned that artificial intelligence (AI), once it surpasses human intelligence, could pose a threat to the existence of human civilization. Elon Musk, the pioneer of digital money, private spaceflight and electric cars, has voiced similar concerns.

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December 27th, 2014 at 9:56 am

Top 10 Articles on ImpactLab.net

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The articles posted on the Impact Lab represent an unusual mix, all of which are oriented around future trends, future thinking, or recent innovations that may more may not alter the course of history.

With that in mind, here are the posts that caught most people’s attention over 2014.

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December 10th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

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

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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.

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December 4th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Is the realtor an endangered species?

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So far real estate brokers have done very well in the Internet era.

Last month, around 18,000 people gathered in New Orleans to look at the future of real estate brokerage. Inside the massive Ernest N. Morial Convention Center booth after booth at the 2014 Realtors Conference & Expo extolled the joys and efficiencies of the new electronic economy and the technologies which can make brokers and lenders more efficient and profitable.

 

 

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December 4th, 2014 at 11:12 am

The technology-driven future will bring upheaval and opportunity

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Thomas Frey, executive director and senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute estimates that billions of jobs will disappear in the next 15 years due to the Internet of Things (IoT) and many associated technological advances, but these extreme and accelerating changes will also create many new industries and countless new jobs to replace those they’ve eliminated.

 

 

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December 3rd, 2014 at 8:50 am

What mobility will look like in 2025

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On any given morning in the year 2025, you’re running late for work, but your self-driving car senses you coming and gets ready to pick you up. Once you’re inside, it syncs with your mobile devices, calculates the least congested route, and finds someone else heading in the same direction, so your cars can link up to save space on the road. As the car drives, you catch up on email.

 

 

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