The famous quote from the original cyberpunk author William Gibson – “the future is already here; it’s just not evenly distributed” is everywhere, and mostly true. At least that was primarily true before 2020. I feel that there is a change in the air. We… Read More »The Future Is Already Here. Full Stop.
When I read that statistic, I thought it pretty odd. I mean, are the companies that are around us now all less than ten years old? Are they all part of that tiny 4%, which made it through? At first blush, it sounds wrong. But… Read More »Will 96% of Businesses Fail Within 10 Years?
I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999, near the tail end of the craziness around Web 1.0. Webvan (a now-defunct delivery company) spend millions of dollars setting up the food delivery company of the future. Simple domain names like Pets.com were going… Read More »Get Your Silicon Valley Magic Dust, Right Here.
Over the last few years, I’ve been championing products and services which appeal to the laziness inherent in all human beings. I figure that I do many things each day, which can quickly be whisked away by the proper automation. If that automation is correctly… Read More »We Have To Stop Struggling With Technology. Or Do We?
The very first words spoken to Philip J. Fry when he stepped out of the cryogenic chamber are apt for ringing in 2020. Can you believe that it’s 2020? According to science fiction, by now we would have: Flying cars Landed humans on Mars Time… Read More »Welcome To The World Of Tomorrow!!!
Timing Really Is Most Everything I’ve said many times before, being a futurist is like being a meteorologist, you are usually right, but at the wrong time. I think it’s futurist’s bane always to be right – but too early. I feel as humans, we… Read More »Executing The Future Creates It
Trust Your People To Take the Right Path. When you look at your employees, what do you see? Do you see living, thinking, breathing intelligent human beings, with the great capacity to learn new things, take on responsibilities, work autonomously, solve problems on their own… Read More »Give Your People Vision, Responsibility And Freedom
When we as humans encounter something new, it’s normal to compare this new experience to any experience we had in the past. We are creatures of contrast – we can only understand things as compared to other things that we already know about – or… Read More »Look At The Present With The Lens Of The Future, Not With The Lens Of The Past.
Ah, failure. Are there still people out there who feel that it is a bad thing? I know of very few cases where, barring a life and death struggle, failure does not produce a positive effect. Failure does teach, and it teaches a great lesson.… Read More »Banish Failure! Did You Win Or Did You Learn?
Everything that we’ve come up with will happen. We just don’t know when. I’ve said before many times that the biggest issue with being a futurist is that you are a lot like a weatherperson – usually right, but at the wrong time. Another corollary… Read More »Timing Is Everything. Get That Right and You Win.