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Next: The Future of Work and Employment

David Staley David Staley Next: The Future of Work and Employment

It seems curious that there are bartenders on the Star Trek Enterprise. In that future utopia, poverty and want have been eliminated on Earth. Technology, in the form of the replicator, allows anyone to synthesize any material object they may want. Freed from economic necessity, we are told that people can explore their interests, expand […]

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Next: What if Columbus became the first driverless city?

David Staley David Staley Next: What if Columbus became the first driverless city?

As I write this, Columbus has just lost out to Philadelphia to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. One of the factors in our failed bid, it would seem, was our lack of a suitable public transportation infrastructure. This loss will no doubt revive and accelerate debates about public transportation in Columbus. Indeed, Mayor Coleman’s […]

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Next: Drone Retail Will Render Big Box Shopping Obsolete

David Staley David Staley Next: Drone Retail Will Render Big Box Shopping Obsolete

Amazon has recently secured a patent for “anticipatory package shipping.” Using similar algorithms to those that determine “Featured Recommendations,” Amazon’s system will predict what we are likely to purchase — based on an analysis of our buying habits — and then send those products to nearby fulfillment centers, in anticipation of our placing an order. […]

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A Realistic Look at The Future of Central Ohio

Walker Evans Walker Evans

Columbus Futurists is the local chapter of the World Future Society, an organization dedicated to the intellectual discussion and anticipation of what lies in store for the future of the Central Ohio region. The group meets monthly to focus on specific topics of interest and generate ideas, forecasts and recommendations on what type of plans […]

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