Occasional Prescience

I remember, around 1974 or 75, going to record stores with friends to buy the latest Jethro Tull album or whatever, and telling them, some day, all the music that was ever recorded will be on a computer somewhere, and … Continue reading →

Let’s Digitize Our Minds and Live Forever! Or… Maybe Not.

“Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.” – Susan Ertz “The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever.” – Herb Caen Some futurists and … Continue reading →

Future Computing: Incredibly Powerful, Incredibly Cheap, Incredibly Small, and Everywhere

Stanford engineering professor Jonathan Koomey points out that computing efficiency – the number of computations completed per kilowatt-hour of electricity used – has doubled about every 18 months ever since the 1940’s. It’s analogous to Moore’s law, which says that … Continue reading →

Buckminster Fuller: Leadership by Design

“I always say to myself:  What is the most important thing we can think about at this extraordinary moment?”       – Buckminster Fuller Buckminster Fuller used the phrase “comprehensive anticipatory design science” to describe his work and research. … Continue reading →

How to Spot the Future (from Wired)

Wired Magazine executive editor Thomas Goetz wrote an article in April 2012 about how his magazine recognizes trends in technology and culture that have transformative potential. Following is an abridged version of Goetz’s article.   How do we spot the … Continue reading →