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September 27th, 2016

Living in a Hacked World

As a futurist I have consistently posted most of my forecasts on my website. I am one of the few to do so. I do this to be accountable and to document what I said and when I said it. 18 months ago, in March of 2015, I stated that: “For the next several years […]

 

 

July 5th, 2016

Alvin Toffler

If not for Alvin Toffler I wouldn’t be a futurist. It was reading Toffler, along with Marshall McLuhan, R. Buckminster Fuller and a lot of science fiction in my early twenties that gave me the basis for thinking that there was some profession about the future to be had. “Future Shock” was Toffler’s biggest book […]

 

 

February 6th, 2014

Forecasts – Part Two

This is the second of three columns where I look at all the forecasts I have made about things that might happen through the end of 2013.  As I wrote in the first column here this is not an exercise in self-congratulation.  It is an opportunity to look back not just on forecast accuracy but […]

 

 

January 29th, 2014

Forecasts – Part One

[This column was first published in the Shift Age Newsletter #27] Eight years ago I first began to write and speak about the future full time.  Then, as always, I was asked about what accurate forecasts I had made.  This told me of course that my legitimacy to some degree would be based upon this.  […]

 

 

December 7th, 2013

Is Privacy Dead?

The fast and easy answer is yes.  The privacy our parents and grandparents had is no longer.  The privacy we still have in pockets of our lives will not be available to our children and grandchildren. The historical definition of privacy that has existed for centuries no longer exists. In the last seven years I […]

 

 

October 21st, 2013

As the Telegraph, So Now the Landline Phone

In the middle of the 19th century, the telegraph was the first technology in history to speed up communications between two people or two locations.  Prior to the telegraph the speed of human communications was measured in horse days; how far a horse could travel in a day. It always amazes me to think that […]

 

 

December 11th, 2012

Welcome to the Shift Age!

We have left the Information Age and entered the Shift Age.  This new age is an era of transformation unparalleled in terms of the amount of change that will occur is the next 20-30 years. As long time readers of this column know, I have been writing and speaking about the Shift Age since 2007 […]

 

 

May 13th, 2012

IP is the Wealth of the Shift Age

[Note:  A version of this column recently appeared in the Shift Age Newsletter.  Please feel free to sign up for a free subscription.] I have been writing and speaking that IP is the wealth of the Shift Age for the last six years.  And over the last six years, this reality has become ever more […]

 

 

July 1st, 2009

The New Reality of Communications

[Note:  This is a column reprinted from the current “Shift Age Newsletter” as it is very timely and has already received a lot of positive comment.  If you are not yet a subscriber of the newsletter, please go here and click on FREE subscription] Those of you who have either read “The Shift Age” or […]

 

 

June 3rd, 2009

Tiananmen Square and Technology

It was 20 years ago this week that the demonstrations in Tiananmen Square turned violent.  After days of open demonstrations, the Chinese government had had enough and sent in the army.  This led to one of the most iconic visual images of protest in recent decades: a single man standing right in front of four […]

 

 

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