A Prediction Of The Near Future (Vision Video)

Predicting What The Gigabit Home Of The Future Will Be Like

Vision videos are a great way to share a prediction of the future. I’ve written before about the vision video’s that I’ve been part of including Roku’s Reward (2006) and Corning “A Day Made of Glass” (2011). Today, we are releasing a new vision video, The Near Future Network, that tells the story of the “Gigabit Home”. […]

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Finding Bubbles and Predicting the Burst

Many innovators and entrepreneurs have dozens of ideas every day for the perfect new business. They’re sure that this is the next big thing, that this idea will outlast the competition. Unfortunately, some of those ideas may fall prey to the “bubble” problem: they begin quickly, expand rapidly, and burst just as fast, leaving their […]

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200 Years of Great Ideas and Hard Work Led To the Overnight Success of Your Smartphone

As I discussed in a previous post, the basic components of success are the idea, hard work, timing, and maybe a little bit of luck. Here, we’ll look at how that formula worked to create the massive success of the modern cell phone. Success As you walk down the street in any major city in […]

Title: The Journey of the Communication Industry

What innovation can you leverage from military bombing to kill bacteria and viruses in the human body?

Gizmodo recently reported that some researchers at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense are working on a new way to attack bacteria and viruses in the human body using buckyballs. A buckyball is a molecule that contains 60 carbon atoms arranged in the shape of a football. While scientists have been playing with buckyballs […]

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Shrek’s law of innovation means blockbuster movies

As a trustee of the Computer History Museum and having worked closely with Jeffrey Katzenberg (CEO) and Ed Leonard (CTO) of DreamWorks Animation, I was asked to be the moderator for an event titled “The Technology of Animation”.  I got to play Jay Leno for ~90 minutes and interview them in front of an audience […]

8 Conditions of Technology Development

I was recently going through some old files and notebooks and came across a paper I wrote during my sophomore year in college (Spring 1980).  The paper was for a course on the history of technology that I titled, Conditions of Technology Development.  The professor, who happened to be the Assistant Dean of the College of […]

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Are You Part Of The Gray Wave? If Not Yet, You Will Be!

For the last few weeks, my wife has been back in Cincinnati helping my Grandmother who just turned 95 last week, still lives in the same house she raised her kids in and still cooks and cleans. Whenever I’m in Cincinnati for business, I have to stay at the house with her else she will kick my b** — and she can! Not to mention she makes a killer chocolate cake to bribe me to come back.

Gray Wave - the growing population of those over 65

3 Interesting Innovation Competitions

In a recent set of tweets, I commented on the growing number of innovation competitions.  A number of you responded by sending me a list of competitions that you found interesting.  If you have more competitions, post them as comments below or send them via email.  Given the challenges that are facing us as a […]

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Science Fiction Impact On Innovation

On Saturday, I gave a speech at Maker Fair 2010 on “Hacking The Future” where I talked on predicting the future through a variety of influences.  One that I shared was the role of science fiction. It’s staggering how much of what we do today is last generations science fiction!  Did you know: Suba was predicted […]

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