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How Technology Will Affect Real Estate Brokers: A Day in the Life of Broker in 2024
October 20th, 2014
Topics: Business, Economy, Society, Technology, General

How will technology affect the way real estate brokers and agents conduct business ten years from now? Here's one look.

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Deadly Shock: The Coming Devastation of Power Utilities
August 31st, 2014
Topics: Business, Economy, Society, General, Environment, Technology

Power utilities are about to get a nasty shock, and if they don't adapt, they will go bankrupt.

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I Dream of (a) Genie
August 14th, 2014
Topics: Business, Economy, Society, General, Technology

Wearable computers with seemingly intelligent software will change our lives in ways we may not expect.

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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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Should Robots Have Rights?
June 9th, 2014
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, General, Technology

What constitutes a person? How do we decide who has the rights that go with being a person? Pretty soon we're going to have to decide.

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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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5 Things You Need to Know About Living Forever
March 17th, 2014
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, General, Technology

How long will you live? How long can you live? The answers to both these questions are changing rapidly. Here's why.

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Climate Change, Part III: What We Will Do About It
February 17th, 2014
Topics: Business, Economy, Environment, Geopolitics, Society, Technology, General

Humanity will – reluctantly – finally decide that it has no choice but to act on climate change. When that happens, what will we do? Here's an exploration of the issues.

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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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4 Wild Cards for Utilities in 2013: Risks & Opportunities
December 11th, 2012
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Environment, Technology, General

The year ahead holds significant risks and opportunities for the utility industries.

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Is American Still the Greatest Country in the World?
October 12th, 2012
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Education, Geopolitics, Society, Technology, General

Is America still the greatest? And, if so, can it remain the greatest?

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‘The Boomers Have Colonized Our Future, and Aren't Leaving…’
April 25th, 2012
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Education, Geopolitics, Society, Technology, General

I don’t often give my blog over to guests, but this essay gave me pause. I commissioned Chris Ritchie to research certain aspects of social developments, and what you’re about to read was part of his report.

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Six Things to Know About the Robots in Your Future
March 29th, 2012
Topics: Business, Economy, Society, Technology, General

We grew up with robots, but the robots in our future are both much closer than we realize, and will be very different from what we expect. The implications of the robots in your future are profound.

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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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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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It Can’t Happen Here: What Happens After Occupy Wall Street
November 21st, 2011
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Education, Geopolitics, Society, Technology, General

The Occupy movement is most significant not for what the protestors say, but rather that the movement is happening at all. It demonstrates significant unrest, and the greatest dissatisfaction with the capitalist system that we've witnessed since the fall of the Soviet Union. But where is it headed? That's a much more worrisome question.

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The Second Era of Technology
October 10th, 2011
Topics: Business, Economy, Society, Technology, General

We are entering the Second Era of Technology, and it is being ushered in by software available on the new iPhone 4S.

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What’s Wrong with Our Schools?
October 3rd, 2011
Topics: Education, Business, Society, Technology, General, Geopolitics

Our school systems are not good enough for the 21st century. Comparing schools with libraries reveals part of the reason why.

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9 Trends in Innovation
September 19th, 2011
Topics: Business, Economy, Technology, General

There are innovations even in the field of innovation. Here are 9 trends in innovation that you should be aware of.

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An Old Nemesis Returns
April 4th, 2011
Topics: Business, Economy, Society, General, Technology, Geopolitics

Inflation is back, and we won't be happy about it, especially as it's not going to go away any time soon.

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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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Why Education Must Change
September 1, 2010
Topics: Business, Education, Demographics, General, Society, Technology

The world has been transformed, and is remarkably different than it was 20, 50, or 100 years ago. But our education system is fundamentally unchanged in the last century – we still teach facts, which are now a cheap commodity. If education is to be useful to today's and tomorrow's students, it, too, must change radically. 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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Outlook 2020: The Environment
December 14th, 2009
Topics: Business, Economy, Environment, Geopolitics, Society, Technology, General

The next 10 years will effectively settle the climate change debate, but not much else. What's more, we may be making policy in precisely the wrong way. Here's why.

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Techniques for Foresight & Risk Management
December 4th, 2009
Topics: Business, Economy, Society, Technology, General

In the last article I examined the field of risk management, and did a partial environmental scan to assess some of the current risks that are out there. In this conclusion to the set on risk management and foresight, I look at some tools that can help you ask the right questions, and assess the importance of the answers, then come up with plans to prepare for them.

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The End of the Local Monopoly, Part II
October 15th, 2009
Topics: Education, General, Society, Technology

Technology allows us to support learners with the people and techniques that work best for them. This second part of the discussion explores how we might do that.

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The End of the Local Education Monopoly
September 6, 2009
Topics: Education, Society, General, Technology

With the opening of the school year, I'm re-publishing an article I wrote for the January issue of Teach magazine about the way education could develop from here. I'll reproduce the second part of the article in my next blog. Meanwhile, please feel free to forward it to anyone you think might find it of interest. They are also welcome to sign up for future Futuresearch articles on my website at Best regards, Richard

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A Matter of Survival: The Future of Education
September 2nd, 2008
Topics: Education, Technology, Society, General

The future of education is a matter of survival, both for those directly involved in it, and for the rest of us as well. Here's why.

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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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Hi, robot! - revisited
April 17th, 2008
Topics: Business, Economy, Education, Society, Technology, General

In June of 2000 I wrote an article called “Hi, robot!” in which I said, among other things, that a robot vacuum cleaner for households would be among the first robots available, that a general-purpose robot housekeeper might be available within 7-10 years, and that human-like commercial robots would be generally available within 20 years, and probably sooner. Roomba and Scooba have proven the first prognostication, and Toyota’s work on a household robot, to be brought to market sometime in 2010, looks likely to make the second come true. Accordingly, I thought it was time I revisited the subject, and wrote the following article on a recent plane ride.

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'Great Scott, Marty!' – What to Bring Back from the Future
February 2007
Topics: Business, Technology, General, Economy

Technology is changing all the rules for the future of media and audience measurement – but that's not the important part.

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Signs and Portents for 2007
January 2007
Topics: General, Technology, Geopolitics, Economy

What's ahead for 2007?

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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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Why the iPod is more than an icon
March 2006
Topics: Business, Economy, Society, Technology, General

The implications of technology often go far beyond the immediate or the obvious. Although much has been made of the Apple iPod, the implications are even more far reaching than most commentators realize.

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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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Signs & Portents for 2006
January 2006
Topics: General, Geopolitics, Technology, Business, Demographics, Economy

What's ahead for 2006?

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A student in the year 2015
September 2005
Topics: Education, Society, General, Economy, Technology

The way students think, and the tools that they use are changing much faster than our education system can adapt. This will result in a clash of cultures between parents and teachers on the one hand, and students and Netizens on the other.

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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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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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Retailing and the Watching World of Tomorrow
October 2003
Topics: Business, Economy, Technology

The changes that technology will impose on retailing have only just begun, and the most astonishing ones are yet to come.

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The Animated World of 2032
January 2002
Topics: Technology

The technological changes we've experienced so far have been profound, but also impersonal and distant. That's about to change, and the changes we are about to experience will be even more revolutionary.

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A day in the life of a traveller, circa 2015
August 2000
Topics: Technology

I get out of the cab at the Toronto International Airport and walk up to the Star Alliance reception gate. The reception camera looks me over as I walk up to the gate, recognizes me, and checks my frequent flyer profile and current reservations. An arrow lights up, directing me to the Star Alliance Gold line to deposit my checked luggage.

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Whatever happened to George Jetson?
July 2000
Topics: Technology

Just for some summer fun, I thought I’d answer some of the questions I get along the lines of: 'What happened to the glorious future we were promised 25 years ago?'

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Hi, robot!
June 2000
Topics: Technology

Articles about robots are starting to appear that make prognostications about what robots can do, and how soon they’ll do it. The appearance of robot toys – such as Sony’s robot dog, AIBO, or Lego’s Mindstorms build-it-and-program-it-yourself robot, are terribly primitive, and are miles from George Jetson’s Rosie the robot housekeeper, or Isaac Asimov’s positronic robots.

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What's wrong with Internet Appliances
July 2000
Topics: Technology

Major manufacturers of home appliances are betting that there’s an Internet refrigerator in your future. Companies involved in the Internet are betting that there’s a crossover coming between the Internet and your living room television. And Microsoft is betting that the Internet will find its way into all aspects of your home and home life.

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The next 100 years: You ain't seen nothin' yet!
February 2000
Topics: Technology

The astounding changes of the last 100 years – the greatest in history – are going to pale in comparison to the changes of the next 100 in just about every area of human experience.

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The VPC in your Future
December 1999
Topics: Technology

How small can we make personal computers? There are two major barriers to shrinking them beyond the hand-held and palm-top computers emerging right now: your fingers and your eyes. A keyboard that is much smaller than your fingers would be unusable, as would a smaller monitor...

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Technology Alert: The Hand-Held Computer Revolution...
July 1999
Topics: Technology

The first major computer revolution occurred when computers shrank to room size from filling entire buildings. With that change, coupled with a dramatic decline in cost and increase in power, the kinds of problems they were used for broadened from problems in astrophysics to mundane corporate accounting and payroll processing.

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