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NEXT: The Future of “Essential” Work(ers)

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Future of “Essential” Work(ers)

The COVID-19 pandemic has bifurcated the world of work. For some, their work can be performed while cocooned in private virtual worlds, carried out over Zoom. For others, their work must be performed in the physical, public and increasingly dangerous “real world.” The sight of cities devoid of people, of empty stadiums and deserted beaches has […]

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NEXT: Habits and Behaviors After Coronavirus

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Habits and Behaviors After Coronavirus

There remain many unanswered questions about life after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, chief among these being the still uncertain long-term health effects. Other questions include how long it will take for the economy to recover. There is historical evidence that suggests that those cities that quarantined early during the 1918 flu pandemic saw their economies bounce […]

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NEXT: Futurists Create Images of the Future, Not Predictions

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Futurists Create Images of the Future, Not Predictions

Given the state of the world right now, it did not seem appropriate to discuss the future when the present is hanging so heavy over us. This month, I’d like to reflect on what it means to be a futurist, especially when presented with the opportunity to assess your own work. As a futurist, I am […]

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NEXT: Xenobots and Nano-zombies

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Xenobots and Nano-zombies

Because animal breeding is centuries old, it makes sense to say that we have designed animals to meet our needs for a very long time. Animal husbandry has been responsible for producing animals that provide meat, eggs, fur, milk and other useful “products.” It is distasteful, perhaps, to use this language, but humans have for […]

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NEXT: The Future of Reading

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Future of Reading

Reading is a very big deal in the state of Ohio…until Grade Three. State legislation says that students are required to be reading at grade level by the third grade, else there are dire consequences for schools, teachers and students. But then, after that benchmark has been reached, reading seems to disappear from everyone’s attention. There might […]

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NEXT: The Future of Schools

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Future of Schools

It would appear that artificial intelligence will soon be going to school.   Researchers are devising new machine learning techniques that involve what’s termed as “grounded language.” Deep learning today involves feeding an algorithm a lot of data and allowing the algorithm to identify patterns in that data. Some computer scientists are investigating the idea of having […]

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NEXT: Mechanized Warfare

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Mechanized Warfare

The videos are certainly impressive, and just a little creepy.  If you go on YouTube and search “Boston Dynamics,” you can see some of their work.  Boston Dynamics is developing robots—both four-legged and bipedal—that are capable of impressive feats of locomotion and balance. One example includes a four-legged robot that can maneuver over a variety […]

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