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18 Things to Watch for in 2018

by futurists Richard Worzel & Kit Worzel 2018 is going to be remarkable in many different ways. Indeed, when we put together our lists for the most important changes ahead in 2018, we wound up with so many we decided we couldn’t discuss them all, and settled on 18 things for 2018 (catchy, right?) that […] Read more

Artificial Intelligence Is Going to Take Your Job (Probably)


by futurist Kit Worzel Artificial intelligence and robots are making incredible progress. Recently, Boston Dynamics released footage of one of their latest robots that can do backflips, and land them handily. It’s been over a decade since a human beat a top-class chess AI. We have self-driving car prototypes being tested, and getting ready for […] Read more

Women Rise to Power: Aftermath from Outing Sexual Predators


by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. The growing number of men being outed for sexual harassment and assault will lead to one of the most profound changes in society in decades, perhaps centuries. Women, who compose the majority of the population in virtually all developed countries, will, I believe, conclude that the only way that they […] Read more

The Stock Market Is a Bad Bet


by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. “The market can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent.”                – John Maynard Keynes * The U.S. stock market has been on one of the great bull market runs in history, more than tripling since the market bottom on March 9th, 2009. And it […] Read more

Who Pays for Climate Change?

by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. Hurricane Harvey was not a surprise. At least, it shouldn’t have been. Hurricane Ike, which ran just slightly to the east of Houston in 2008, caused an 8 ½ foot flood along the Galveston Strand (i.e., sandbar) to the southeast of Houston. NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) […] Read more

Three Things You Need to Know About Artificial Intelligence

by Senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. Pay attention. Your life is about to be significantly changed by Artificial Intelligence (AI), whether you want it to be or not. Every once in while, something happens that tosses a huge rock into the pond of human affairs. Such rocks include things like the discovery of fire, the […] Read more

Radical Thinking: Re-Imagining the Future of Education to the Year 2067

by Senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. What follows is an edited version of a presentation I gave to an audience at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario on the occasion of their 50th anniversary. They asked me to speak about the next 50 years in post-secondary education. I was delighted and honored to be asked to […] Read more

I, Cobot


by Senior Futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. Reality is messy. You know how, when the office photocopier gets jammed, you always call that guy in your office who seems to be the only one who knows how to unjam it? That’s the kind of reality that robots and automation can’t cope with. Reality is unexpected. Physicists […] Read more

“How Can I Help My Kid Get a Job?”


by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. Virtually everyone knows people who are unemployed or underemployed. This is especially true of young adults, although there are also lots of older people, even in their 50s and 60s, who are in similar situations. This wasn’t true in earlier eras, specifically the periods from about 1950 until the […] Read more

Preparing for Trumpian Uncertainty


by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. The victory of Donald Trump as president of the United States is without precedent, and creates enormous uncertainty. Will his qualifications as a businessman transfer to management of the world’s largest economy? Will his policies work as advertised? Will his advisors be up to the task? We don’t know, […] Read more