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How Do You Reformat the Drive on a Martian Rover?

Len Rosen's picture

September 1, 2014 - A labour of love is about to be carried out by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) involving

A Conversation About Vanishing Islands Before a Baseball Game

Len Rosen's picture

August 31, 2014 - As we waited for the gate to open for the Buffalo Bisons-Pawtucket Red Sox baseball game last week on the last evening of our vacation, I noticed a gentleman nearby wearing a

Canadian Provincial Premiers Decide on a National Energy Strategy that Includes Climate Change Action

Len Rosen's picture

August 30, 2014 - In a rare display of unanimity Canada's provincial leaders at their annual conference have outlined a national energy strategy.

What will Limit Government on Tomorrow’s Trans-Border Digital Earth?

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Dan Abelow's picture

Do you control your screens or do they control you? Advertisers dive into your brain for free (to you) from the minute you begin to gurgle. In tomorrow’s digital world you’ll decide and filter what’s on your screens. One control will be a personal paywall so you can be paid for your attention. When this makes your mind into your property, you will be able to sell it as often as you like.

Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry is All About the Past

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Len Rosen's picture

August 29, 2014 - It is an inspiration to see the technological marvels that have gotten us to where we are today. And a great place to see this is Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.

Crowdfunding a Space Elevator - Welcome to LiftPort

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Len Rosen's picture

While away on vacation, I read about LiftPort Group, a Kickstarter-funded space elevator project that received over $110,000 U.S. from more than 3,400 backers. The company, located in Tacoma, Washington, originally sought $8,000, so one would think this was largely fantasy, but with the amount of money that has come in it would seem it owes its investors something more than one it has delivered to-date.

When It Comes to Jobs, Why Is This Time Different?

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Thomas Frey's picture

Today, many voice long-familiar concerns about technological unemployment, where computers, robots, and machines are automating our jobs out of existence. In fact, some have gone so far as to call this the “robot jobs Armageddon.” So is this time truly different? Here are six overarching shifts in the world that are causing many to say, “Yes, this time may really be different!”

How Will Disruptive Technologies Affect Public Life?

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Freija van Duijne's picture

Self driving cars, 3D printing, robotics, these are just a few of the major technologies that are likely to bring massive disruptions in about every aspect of life. What do we eat? What would our work be like in the future? How do we travel? Where does our energy come from? The Council for the Environment and Infrastructure, the primary strategic advisory board for the Dutch government and parliament in matters relating to the physical environment and infrastructure, has initiated a foresight study to stimulate the public debate about the impact of disruptive technologies. It is not a traditional research project, but includes future imagery, crowd sourcing and technology assessment.

Koans for Futurists

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James Lee's picture

What is harder than finding the right answers?  Asking the right questions.

In Zen Buddhism, a koan is a short story or question that is simply worth meditating on.  There might not necessarily be a single good answer, but the process of contemplating the question itself is a worthwhile pursuit that may lead to sudden insights or enlightenment.

Top 10 Reasons to Watch Trends

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Cynthia Wagner's picture

About a dozen years ago, we asked members of the World Future Society what they thought was the most valuable return for investing in the serious study of trends. We included a summary of their responses in our special report, The Future: An Owner's Manual (September-October 2002, adapted from March-April 2002 FUTURIST). The reasons are still apt today:

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