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NEXT: Redesigning Plants for Energy, Fuel, Light

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Redesigning Plants for Energy, Fuel, Light

Researchers at MIT recently unveiled a project where they inserted the enzyme that makes fireflies glow into a watercress plant. The result is a plant whose leaves glow for about four hours. At present, the glow produced is quite dim, but the engineers hope that via this technique they can convert the watercress into a […]

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NEXT: Tech That Generates Fake News

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Tech That Generates Fake News

The new ambassador to the Netherlands, Peter Hoekstra, was asked by Dutch interviewers recently to clarify statements he had made in 2015 that Dutch cities were in chaos because of “the Islamic movement.” “There are cars being burned. There are politicians that are being burned…And yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands,” he told […]

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NEXT: A Market Where Data Creation is Paid Labor

David Staley David Staley NEXT: A Market Where Data Creation is Paid Labor

I recently completed a six-month program with my insurance company where I implanted a device in my car that measured my driving habits. In exchange, based on the quality of my driving as measured by their metrics, I got a discount on my rate. (But I could have just as easily received no discount.) The […]

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NEXT: What Responsibilities Will We Assign to Machines?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: What Responsibilities Will We Assign to Machines?

Sophia’s resume is indeed impressive. In addition to appearing on Jimmy Fallon’s show, Sophia has appeared as a cover model in fashion magazines. She is a regular keynote speaker at high-powered conferences on the subject of artificial intelligence. She was named the world’s first United Nations Innovation Champion by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) […]

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NEXT: When Columbus’ Population Doubles, Which Neighborhoods Will Prosper or Languish?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: When Columbus’ Population Doubles, Which Neighborhoods Will Prosper or Languish?

I was driving up Sawmill a few months back, allowing the retail stores, doctor’s offices, schools, child day care centers, apartments, and M/I Homes to glide by me. Although not exactly where I’d like to live, this part of Columbus is pleasant enough, perhaps a stereotypical suburban setting. As a futurist, I frequently rely upon […]

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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: 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 […]

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