Rest Your Weary Feet: We Used To Imagine Fresh Produce Magically Appearing

We futurists like to use cool examples to illustrate future concepts – back in 2013, when there was a lot of talk about the Internet of Things and how it would affect us – there was an example of an “auto-fridge” floating around. In short, it was a refrigerator that would automatically stock itself. The…

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Are You Seeing the Future?

Blending Signals To Envision The Future In a previous post, I mentioned that for some, foreseeing the future is challenging. Not sure why, since the signals of the future are all around us. Every day and in every way, we see glimpses of the future in everything around us – like the Canadian Shield poking…

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The Innovators Code: It’s Not Just A Job To Be Done.

Innovation = 1/3 Desire + 1/3 Nature + 1/3 Vision The godfather of disruptive innovation, Clayton Christensen, wrote The Innovators Dilemma – the seminal book on innovation – back in 1997- it is a timeless work that deftly describes what happens to companies that don’t innovate, or innovate quickly enough. However, since then, we’ve seen…

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We Need More Stern Robots In Our Lives

There was a recent article on an experiment in The New Scientist which explored human/robot interaction.

They took three rooms of people and put a friendly robot in one room that hung out with them and was very funny and friendly and really helpful to the people in the room. They took another room and they put in a stern robot, a not so friendly robot, a serious robot. Then in the third room, they put no robot at all. They acted friendly or stern prior to the test, once the test started they just sat in the corner and didn’t say anything. read more

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