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NEXT: Zoom Globalization

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Zoom Globalization

A curious phenomenon has been happening at our CreativeMornings Columbus event series. Ever since we moved into Zoom, a number of people from outside Columbus have been attending our events. We’ve had participants from Detroit and New York, but also from Mexico City and Stockholm as well. In May, I hosted a design event over Zoom that […]

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NEXT: Seeing the Unforeseen Effects of Technology

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Seeing the Unforeseen Effects of Technology

Why are some future effects of technology “unforeseen,” and is there anything that can be done to prevent this?  A recent white paper from the consulting firm McKinsey explored the future of the “Bio Revolution.” Their analysis anticipated that the leading sectors in biotech over the next decade would include biomolecules, meaning the engineering of […]

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NEXT: Scioto, Ohio – A Story

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Scioto, Ohio – A Story

What follows is not a prediction. It is a plausible scenario written in the form of a “history from the future.” The scenario is written as if the year were 2030… On July 1, 2026, City Council announced a change to the city charter, renaming the city of Columbus as “Scioto.” While there had been earlier […]

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NEXT: Voice

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Voice

Many of us have had to learn how to change the way we speak when in the presence of an Alexa device. In order to make certain it (she?) understands me, I find I must change the way I speak when addressing Alexa, especially the manner in which I frame a question. Voice-interfaces with computers and artificial […]

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NEXT: The Politics of Trees

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Politics of Trees

Two notable events in the news the past few days involved our stewardship of trees.   Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, fired the Director-General of his country’s National Institute for Space Research because the agency revealed that deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest has increased dramatically. Since Bolsonaro took office in January 2019, there has […]

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NEXT: The Future of Food

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Future of Food

I’ve started tracking trends in agriculture and the production and consumption of food, and there are some significant trends that I have been following. It is possible that in the near future we will expand the number of plant species we consume. Today, almost half of the calories we consume come from just three grains: […]

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NEXT: The Future of Robocalls

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Future of Robocalls

I was on the phone the other day with the cable company, trying to deal with a billing issue. After clicking through several menu items, I was finally connected to a human being somewhere who answered my questions to my satisfaction.  As I think about a potential future where more and more jobs are automated, […]

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