Exponential growth

Exponential speeding up of disruption: It’s media’s challenge to deal with it

7 min read

It’s fair to say that the majority of media executives, and practitioners too, have had trouble in the last decade-plus keeping up with the pace of technological advancements and the disruptions they’ve caused for media companies. It’s equally a fair bet that most of the aforementioned people expect digital-technology advances to continue, and for more…

Be Prepared

Futurist interview: What Intel knows, perhaps news industry doesn’t

1 min read

It does sound like an enviable job: traveling around the world, meeting with and talking to a wide variety of interesting people about technology, generational and societal trends, and trying to forecast the future. But there’s also a lot of pressure, since the recommendations and forecasts that a corporate futurist and his research team make…

Jetsons news future

Partners, funders, collaborators needed to bring futurists to news industry

1 min read

What if the news industry had hired futurists to scan the technology and social horizons back in the late 1990s and early 2000s? Perhaps with some long-range thinking and foresight injected into news organizations’ decision-making, the industry wouldn’t be such a mess as it is today. Perhaps thousands of journalists would not have been laid…

Boulder flooding

Disaster news coverage will be much better in a few years

12 min read

Boulder, Colorado, and surrounding towns were hit recently with days of record rainfall, history-making flooding, and epic damage. The destruction covered larger towns like Boulder and Longmont, and was truly horrific in mountain towns like Jamestown and Lyons. I was in the middle of this (i.e., getting rained on like everyone else), but my family’s…

Nice drone

MIT is developing yet another handy use for small drones, guided by a specially designed mobile app. … Yet more jobs that could be lost to technology: tour guides.

Futurist Gray Scott

Futurist interview: Gray Scott on media-impacting future technologies

7 min read

Gray Scott is on the younger side of the futurists spectrum; most people who carve out careers as futurists tend to be older and grayer. Scott, who calls himself a “futurist and neuro-technology philosopher,” also describes himself as one of the “most controversial futurists of our time.” He’s a speaker, artist, writer, and editorial director…

Brain-computer interface

Mind to machine: A dream of hands-free writing

3 min read

A wonderful humor essay appeared recently in the New Yorker: “A SHORT STORY WRITTEN WITH THOUGHT-TO-TEXT TECHNOLOGY,” by Jesse Eisenberg. It’s a fun read, so check it out, then come back here. Actually, what’s fascinating about this essay is that its premise — a device or system that can transfer your thoughts to text on…