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Next: The Future of Wikipedia

David Staley David Staley Next: The Future of Wikipedia

Wikipedia has hit middle age, it would seem. The crowd-sourced encyclopedia, started in 2001, had 50,000 active editors per month by 2007, but has since dwindled to around 30,000. Some of this was to be expected: like many other phenomena, continued exponential growth was probably a fantasy. But Wikipedia’s decline in activity over the last […]

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Next: What Will Columbus Look Like in 2044?

David Staley David Staley Next: What Will Columbus Look Like in 2044?

The June 18 Columbus Futurists monthly forum will explore the future of Columbus in 2044, the trends that will shape the city and our visions for what the city will look like in thirty years. Here’s one of the ideas I will suggest: The city of Barcelona has a Deputy Mayor for Culture, Knowledge, Creativity […]

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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: The Informal Future of Higher Education

David Staley David Staley Next: The Informal Future of Higher Education

Over the next 15 years, I anticipate that we will see fewer people attending bricks-and-mortar colleges and universities, and more people will seek out informal learning opportunities, especially as education is delivered through digital platforms. Megan Husted has recently written a piece for the New York Times titled “The Church of TED.” TED, with its […]

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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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