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NEXT: The Possibilities (and Threat) of Artificial Intelligence

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Possibilities (and Threat) of Artificial Intelligence

I have been thinking a lot about the Neanderthals. Or, rather, what happened to the Neanderthals. Or, more specifically, whether or not our homo sapiens ancestors had anything to do with the extinction of the Neanderthals. For the longest time, the theory was that modern human beings arrived in Eurasia around 70,000 years ago, and […]

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NEXT: A Precarious Economy?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: A Precarious Economy?

I was having lunch with a colleague the other day, when he told me about a plumbing problem that required an emergency visit by a plumber. The plumber immediately diagnosed the problem before it got worse, told my colleague the solution, and said it would cost $300. What was interesting, he said, was the way […]

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NEXT: Next-Generation Educational Technology

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Next-Generation Educational Technology

GPS, Google Maps, The Internet, robotic (driverless) cars, virtual personal assistants. These are just some of the civilian applications that were originally developed at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. DARPA is the R&D group within the Department of Defense responsible for developing next-generation technologies for the military. Often, the ideas emanating from DARPA spill […]

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NEXT: What Comes After Globalization?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: What Comes After Globalization?

This weekend, Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election, which sent sighs of relief in Brussels. Had Le Pen won, she would have certainly pulled France out of the European Union as the British voted to do last year. There would be little hope of the EU surviving the withdrawal of […]


Next: Generation Z

David Staley David Staley Next: Generation Z

We barely had time, it seems, to prepare for the arrival of the Millennial generation, and now Generation Z is right on their heels. As a futurist, I am frequently asked to identify the characteristics of different generations. This is done for one of two reasons: either companies want to develop plans to better market […]


NEXT: Mood-Sensing Technology & Reactive Media

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Mood-Sensing Technology & Reactive Media

Both of my boys read “Choose your own adventure” books when they were younger. You know these books, where you read a few pages, and then you are given a set of choices at the end of the page: “If you want to go through the door, turn to page 27” or “If you want […]

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NEXT: Automation and Bioengineering Will Drive the Future of Manufacturing

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Automation and Bioengineering Will Drive the Future of Manufacturing

The Columbus Idea Foundry provides a glimpse of the future of manufacturing.  The Idea Foundry is an expression of the “maker movement,” a renewed interest in things and objects, in making and manufacture, and in the skilled trades, which have been in decline over the past two generations. Manufacturing at the Idea Foundry is smaller […]

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