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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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NEXT: Can We Gauge Social Mood?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Can We Gauge Social Mood?

In the iconic graphic novel The Watchmen, the evil genius Adrian Veidt gazes at a wall of scores of television screens, each tuned to the world’s media, news reports, entertainment. (This is set in the 1980s, don’t forget.) As Veidt scans all the visual chatter, his mind sees patterns across the screens. At one point […]

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NEXT: The Labor Force’s Cognitive Divide

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Labor Force’s Cognitive Divide

Almost as soon as the World Wide Web was unleashed in the early 1990s, commentators began to talk about a “digital divide.” This was a reference to the regional and socioeconomic differences in access, speed and technical capacity for using the Web. Rural areas, for example, were identified as one area where this digital divide […]

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Next: Why I am a Futurist

David Staley David Staley Next: Why I am a Futurist

I was reading a book the other day by a pioneer in artificial intelligence, and came upon a passage that just floored me. He was describing the potential risks of developing artificial intelligence, and the concerns some have expressed about the threat artificial intelligence poses to humanity.  “This is not the first time an emergent […]

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NEXT: Securing Home Deliveries from “Porch Pirates”

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Securing Home Deliveries from “Porch Pirates”

If you look at houses built in the early part of the twentieth century, most did not have attached garages (if there is a garage, it was probably added on sometime later.) The reasons are obvious: in the early part of the century, automobiles were not yet ubiquitous. Once they were, however, the architecture of […]

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Next: Will Artificial Intelligence Have Civil Rights?

David Staley David Staley Next: Will Artificial Intelligence Have Civil Rights?

I have written before about the Luddites and how autonomous intelligence might unleash a neo-Luddite movement. It would appear that day may have indeed arrived. There are reports from Arizona that autonomous vehicles are being vandalized. Since 2017, there have been almost two dozen acts of sabotage against driverless vehicles operated by Waymo in the […]

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