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Scary Superbugs: Your Money, or Your Life
22 July 2014
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Economy, Society, Technology, General

What will our world be like as antibiotic-resistant bacteria spread? And what can we do about it?

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Towards an Immortal Brain
April 28th, 2014
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Demographics, Economy, General, Society, Technology

We may be able to repair the body and keep it going indefinitely (see previous article), but what about the mind?

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The Future of Food: Farming It, Processing It, Packaging It, Selling It, Eating It
23 January 2013
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Economy, Environment, Society, Technology, General

Almost everything about food is going to change, and in ways we don't expect. Here's why.

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13 Trends for 2013
December 26th, 2012
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Economy, Environment, Society, Technology, Geopolitics, General

Here are some of the key trends that are going to shape the year ahead.

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The Innovation Revolution
March 6th, 2012
Topics: Business, Biosciences, General, Economy, Technology, Society

Change is happening faster than we believe, and it is about to shake up the corporate world in ways that will catch us by surprise. The innovation revolution is entering an entirely new phase.

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Freshwater Crisis, Farming Opportunity
February 2nd, 2012
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Economy, General

Everybody knows there's a crisis coming in freshwater supplies, but forward-thinking farmers can turn that to their advantage!

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12 Trends for 2012
December 27th, 2011
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Demographics, Economy, Environment, Geopolitics, General, Society, Technology

Although there are more than 12 things going on in the world, I believe these are the most significant trends for the year ahead.

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Tomorrow's Missing Technologies
March 15, 2011
Topics: Business, Biosciences, General, Economy, Technology, Society

Southwest Airlines' in-flight magazine recently contacted me with an interesting question: What things, of the everyday items we use today, are most likely to disappear? They wanted to ask me 'about a few technologies or tools that are popular today, and are on their way out.' It sounded like a different, but useful, way to think about the future, which I always appreciate, so I took a swing at a small number of things that I think are likely to disappear. Here's what I told them:

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Things to watch through 2011 and through the decade
Jan. 28, 2011
Topics: Biosciences, Economy, Business, Demographics, Environment, Technology, General

Like all years, there will be good news and bad in 2011. Because of the bad planning, bad judgment, and bad behavior of previous years and decades, some of the potential bad news is very scary indeed, as I'll get to in a moment. The odds are that 2011 will be a not bad year, but the risks are higher than normal for economies emerging from a recession. I'm going to deal with the scarier parts first, and then move on to happier things, so bear with me.

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Food Allergies & the Future of the Foodservice Industry
October 7th, 2010
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Demographics, Society, General, Economy

Organizations in the foodservice industry should be planning for the day when all of their clients require special meals. Here's why.

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10 Things You Need to Know About the Next 10 Years
August 4th, 2010
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Demographics, Economy, Environment, Society, Technology, General

This is a summary of a presentation I delivered to the World Education Congress of Meeting Planners International in Vancouver, Canada at the end of July, 2010. It was part of a series of “Flash” presentations, each limited to 15 minutes, which didn’t leave a lot of time to elaborate. I’ve fleshed some of the points out here, but the most important reason for approaching the future in this way is that it is never shaped by just one thing, but rather by a confluence of forces, many of which are conflicting.

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Health Care to the Year 2035
February 5th, 2010
Topics: Biosciences, Demographics, Society, Technology, General

What will health care look like in 25 years' time? Here's one possibility

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Risk Management in 2009 and Beyond
November 27th, 2009
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Economy, General

What follows is an amalgam of presentations I made to two risk management groups in very different sectors: one in health care, and the other in insurance. The principles are the same, even though the immediate concerns may be different. This article is in two parts. This first part deals with a futurist's approach to risk management, and some of the potential risks on the horizon. Next week, I'll present some of the tools and techniques for anticipating and managing risk.

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The Future Grows on Trees: Climate Change, Sustainability, and Tomorrow's Pulp & Paper Industry
April 25th, 2008
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Economy, Environment, Technology, General

What follows is a summary of a presentation that I made for the international “Pulp and Paper Strategies” conference in Miami, Florida, in mid-February of 2008. In it, I outline the major changes in our society’s use of paper, and the very positive forces at work that can benefit pulp & paper producers, particularly the emergence of the green economy.

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The View from 2030: The Future of the Life Sciences
June 2006
Topics: Biosciences, Economy, Society, Technology

This is a summary of a presentation I recently made for the “2006 Life Sciences Industry Summit,” co-hosted by the Long Island Life Sciences Initiative, and the Center for Biotechnology.

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When Tomorrow Meets the American Health Care Professional
January 2006
Topics: Biosciences, General, Demographics, Economy, Technology

The American health care system is about to experience enormous changes, fraught with both possibilities and dangers. Here's a summary.

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Preparing for the Biobased Economy: Part II
May 2005
Topics: Biosciences, Economy, Technology, Society, General

What are some of the potential problems and obstacles biotechnology must overcome if it is to fulfill its promise?

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Preparing for the Biobased Economy: Part I
May 2005
Topics: Biosciences, Technology, Economy, Society, General

A look at how biotechnology will change business and society over the next 20 years.

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Why Biotechnology Will Be Big
May 2005
Topics: Biosciences, Technology, Business, Economy, General

Biotechnology is getting a great deal of press, but it's not always clear to people outside the field why it is important.

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Signs and Portents for 2005
January 2005
Topics: Biosciences, Economy, Geopolitics, General, Technology

The outlook for 2005 in a range of areas.

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Straws in the Wind, July 2004
July 2004
Topics: Business, Biosciences, Demographics, Technology

This occasional feature is a 'gossip column' of the future, highlighting developments and trends that I believe may become significant over time.

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Investing in the biosciences gold rush
May 2004
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Technology, General

The biosciences revolution of the 21st century promises to be even more dramatic than the IT revolution of the last half of the 20th century. Accordingly, there's money to be made by investors - if they can avoid investing in fool's gold instead.

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Ontario about to hit a brick wall in health care
February 2004
Topics: Biosciences, General, Geopolitics, Society

The coming battle between health care practitioners and the government of Ontario is an important indicator of the problems that all developed country governments are going to have with their health care systems.

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Signs & Portents for 2004
December 2003
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Economy, Geopolitics, General, Technology

The outlook for 2004 is generally very good. However, there are some really nasty land mines ahead of us that could produce disaster.

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Do We Really Want to Fix the Health Care System?
November 2003
Topics: Biosciences, Technology, General

The cries that our health care system is deteriorating are deafening. But do we want to fix the blame, or fix the problem? If the latter, than here are some things we can do.

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The End of Old Age
October 1998
Topics: Biosciences

Genetic research is opening a door to life spans of 120 healthy, active years or more - possibly much more. What we don't know is who will walk through.

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