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March 30th, 2015 at 7:35 pm

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

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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.   Continue Reading »

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March 19th, 2015 at 11:57 am

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

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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 on television, I was thoroughly amazed at all of the things happening around the world, and yet none of them were happening near me.  I truly felt like I was living in a bubble, far away from all the excitement.   Continue Reading »

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February 27th, 2015 at 3:54 pm

The Great Cow Epiphany and the Six Immutable Laws of Information

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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. Continue Reading »

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February 19th, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Three Great Machine Learning Paradoxes

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Futurist Thomas Frey:  I installed my Nest Thermostat a little over a year ago. This “learning” machine was billed as being able to study the habits of people and adjust the settings to optimize both temperature and energy usage.

But ever since then I’ve found myself in a constant battle with my thermostat. It’s cooling things down when I need heat, warming things up when I’d rather be cool, and the amount of energy it’s saved is far less than the loss of productivity I’ve experienced from being uncomfortable. Continue Reading »

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February 4th, 2015 at 3:09 pm

Four Rules for Game Testing Our Way to a Better Future

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Futurist Thomas Frey: At a recent video game tournament in Denver called ClutchCon, I was moderating a panel discussion on the future of video games, and we got into the topic of leveraging the time and energy spent playing video games into a “wisdom of crowds” approach for solving the world’s problems.

 

 

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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 24th, 2015 at 4:27 pm

Semi-Random Walks #26: Futurist Thomas Frey

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Thomas Frey is a the founder of the DaVinci Institute, and his job is to think about the future. How cool is that? 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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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 20th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Top 14 Photos of the Week

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What he lacks in muscle and leg strength, he makes up for in wires …or whatever that is!

Quote of the Day:  “All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.” — H. L. Mencken

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