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The 7 Megatrends that Will Affect Tomorrow’s Infrastructure

by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. I was commissioned by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario to produce a report by September, 2015 on the future infrastructure needs of the Province of Ontario, Canada. The conclusions of my report … Continue reading

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What’s on Your Plate: Feeding the Future

by futurist Kit Worzel The United Nations report on world population estimates a total of 9.6 billion people on the planet by 2050. That’s an increase of more than 2 billion in the next thirty-five years. There have been discussions … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with Medical & Drug Research?

by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. Suppose you were a high school teacher who had just taken a job at a new school, and that you agreed to take over as the coach of the basketball team. You look at … Continue reading

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Paying the Water Piper: The Future of Water, Part III

by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. This is the third blog about water. The first two can be found here and here, plus a blog about California’s water situation can be found here. —————- Fresh water is vital, and we’re running out of it. Water … Continue reading

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Overdrawn at the River Bank: The Future of Water, Part II

This is the second of three posts about the future of water. The first can be found here. by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. Water scarcity has several causes, all of which compound each other. First is that of the freshwater … Continue reading

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Water Is Not the New Oil: The Future of Water, Part I

by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. Water is not the new oil; it’s much more important than that. There are substitutes for oil, but there are no substitutes for water, and we are running dry. As that happens (and it … Continue reading

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What Happens When California Runs Out of Water?

by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. California is exceptional. We all know that. Unfortunately, California has become exceptional in a particularly unpleasant way: it’s running out of water. According to NASA, California’s current four-year drought is the worst in 1,200 … Continue reading

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We Can See Right Through Them: Transparency and How to Use It

by Kit Worzel, futurist In 2014, Canada ranked #10 in lack of corruption worldwide, the UK ranked #14, and the US ranked #17. In comparison, Denmark scored as the least corrupt country in the world, India was in the middle … Continue reading

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Fog: What’s Next in Computing

by Senior Futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. Cloud computing is now a widespread computing commodity, useful, ubiquitous, and powerful. But Cloud computing is fundamentally a 1970s concept, as it amounts to little more than an adaptation of timesharing, which IBM pushed … Continue reading

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The Internet of Things: Pet Rock, or Foundation Stone?

by futurist Kit Worzel Just about everyone is familiar with the Internet (if you aren’t, how are you reading this?), but the concept of the Internet of Things throws people. One way of looking at it is giving objects the ability … Continue reading

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