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Futurists as Crystal Ball Gazers? Maybe to Lazy Bloggers

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A recent job post at Hershey's made for some good headlines about a "chocolate futurist" and in a quiet corner of Internet, it caused a bit of a sensation.

Happier Holidays - The Future in 2025

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As I drove 200 miles to visit family for Thanksgiving, I remembered how much I hated long drives with traffic jams, rubbernecking, busy rest stops, and all that good stuff and whether the future really holds the promise of a better holiday travel experience. More generally, I also started thinking about how the holidays might be different in the next decade. Here are some ideas about what we might be able to look forward to:

Is Paying with Exercise the Future?

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This subway ticket machine has the Internet abuzz. Instead of paying with cash, this machine accepts squats and lunges.

The Mab Won't Fly - Design Concept Goes a Little Too Far

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Design concepts are often meant to inspire, not necessarily be practical. So it goes with the winner of this years Electrolux design competition, the Mab home cleaning solution.

Kitchen Concepts For Your Future Home?

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Design competitions are a great source of inspiration for future products. Electrolux, the household appliance manufacturer, hosted a design competition this year with the theme "Inspired Urban Living."

The following are some of the Design Lab concepts that help stretch the imagination:

Millennials and Food [Infographic] - Changing the Landscape

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This infographic is based on Innovaro's Trends & Foresight research about Millennials food preferences with implications and opportunities for the next decade.

There are estimated to be 64 million Millennials over age 25 by 2020 and they will have a supersize impact on the food landscape over the next decade. Many of the retailers, processors, and distributors are catering to the older Boomer population and ignoring Millennials. However, its important they understand the distinct preferences of Millennials and start thinking about the tremendous implications and business opportunities presented by this growing demographic.

(Special thanks to Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais, experts on the Millennial generation who graciously conducted an informal food-oriented focus group of Millennials in preparation for their interaction with Innovaro Global Lifestyles).

Kuwait’s “Gay Detector” – Big Data?

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Just last week, the director of public health in Kuwait announced "medical checks" will be used to "detect gays who will be then barred from entering Kuwait." Some of the controversy that ensued focused on these "medical checks," but what if Kuwait used Big Data instead?

AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2013 Show Takeaways

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I cruised down every isle of the 350,000 square ft exhibition space at AUVSI's Unmanned Systems expo that's going in Washington, DC and observed hundreds of exhibitors. Most of the space is dedicated to aerial systems, but ground and maritime were also well represented.

Millennials, the Sharing Economy, and Home-Cooked Meals

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You can rent just about anything these days in the sharing economy. From Airbnb, which lets people rent their extra room or couch to a stranger, to RideRelay, which allows consumers who have GM’s OnStar service to rent their rides, social networks are allowing people to buy, sell, and rent their cars, homes, time, and even skills for a price.

MealKu is taking this same concept to the kitchen.

Naked and Afraid - Pushing Human Limits

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A new show on the Discovery Channel called Naked and Afraid is pushing the boundaries of survivalists. The series is about two people trying to survive in the harshest conditions on the planet. One man and one woman are dropped into a remote and dangerous area with "no food, no water...AND NO CLOTHES!"

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