Richard’s Futuresearch Blog Articles

I’ve been writing about the future for almost 30 years on a wide variety of topics, and continue to post regular blogs about new and future developments. You are welcome to browse some of my older blogs here, or to sign up for new ones here.

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What Should We Do About Wasting Food?

by futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. What follows is a summary of a presentation I made earlier this year (2019) to a Canadian, non-profit organization dedicated to reducing food waste. This took place in Toronto. Why Worry About Wasted Food? According to the UN’s FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), global population is going to expand to […] Read more

What’s the Most Overlooked Driver of Climate Change?

by futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. With all the (valid) concern about the rapid onset of climate change, most people who comment on and study climate change are overlooking what may be the single biggest driver of climate change in the future: human population growth. One of the arguments that I get most frequently from people […] Read more

From Crush to Crash: The Future of Video-On-Demand

by futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. There’s a crash coming in the video-on-demand (VOD) business, and while we can’t know who’s going to survive, we can assess the landscape and make some guesses. But let’s start by going back and trace the roots of the current market crush, then look at how it’s going to lead […] Read more

Is Using the Internet on Exams Cheating?

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by futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. Zine is deadheading, which is to say he’s asleep. “Deadheading” is a slang term that means he’s unplugged from the Net, and is not presently conducting multiple online interactions. Sometimes he stays plugged in – or “zup,” which some think means “heads up” while others believe it derives from the […] Read more

Your Job, Not Your Car, Is Killing the Environment

The majority of greenhouse gas emissions come from non-residential sources by futurist Kit Worzel These days, everyone is more environmentally aware, and and I’m thankful it is so. The amount of damage done to the environment by human sources is immense, so every step we take to mitigate this is a good one. Recycling, using […] Read more

Why Millennials Will Pwn The Future

by futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. The clichés about Millennials are widespread, and often baseless. But suppose they’re more than just clichés? One of the great things about being a conference speaker is that I get to learn things from amazing people, both on stage and off. Along the way, I’ve been able to listen to […] Read more

Should Self-Driving Cars Be Banned?

by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. After dark, on March 18th, 2018, a pedestrian was killed by an experimental, self-driving car owned by Uber as the pedestrian crossed a street in Tempe, Arizona. The month before, a driver was killed in a crash in a Tesla on its Autopilot setting in Mountain View, California. And […] Read more

Bitcoin Is Dangerous – and Worthless

by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. Bitcoin was the first crypto-currency, and still the most widely known. It has been making headlines in large part because some of the people who have bought it have made fortunes, at least in theory. In turn, this has seduced other people to pile in, which has pushed up […] Read more

What’s Happened to Inflation? And Why Does It Matter?

by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. At this stage in an economic cycle, inflation has usually reared its head, and the U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed) is typically thinking about taking the punchbowl away from the (stock market) party by jacking up interest rates. In turn, this usually kills the economic recovery, tipping us over […] Read more