Vanishing Point

Aaron Schulman

Aaron Schulman has worked for Toffler Associates since 2000, serving in multiple leadership and consultant roles. He provides insight into how global forces of change shape opportunities and challenges, and advises firm clients in the design and implementation of organizational transformation. Aaron holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree from The American University. He also has completed executive education at The Wharton School, and the Kellogg School of Management.

Recent Posts

Technology has Exposed the Gap Between Wealth and Poverty

Posted by Aaron Schulman

May 5, 2017 8:30:00 AM

“Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.” 

~ Alvin Toffler


Technology has created more wealth than any other time in history. Yet, the wealth is geographically and industry focused, and the chasm between those who possess the wealth and those who don’t is continuing to widen. By 2020, it is estimated that 1% of the world population will own 54% of the world’s wealth[1] – most created and held by organizations and individuals in the technology sector, in Western countries.

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Why Crowdsourcing May Be the World's Greatest Shared Asset

Posted by Aaron Schulman

Jan 18, 2017 9:29:02 AM

Consider Wikipedia, Kickstarter, 99 Designs. All are crowdsourcing platforms. All create value by using connectivity and a central platform to aggregate and assess information, ideas, funds, and other resources from a massive bank of contributors.

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Bio-Digital Convergence: The Human as Critical Infrastructure?

Posted by Aaron Schulman

Sep 21, 2016 2:12:42 PM

Are humans the next critical infrastructure sector?


Currently, humanity is being augmented or networked by somewhere around 14 billion connected devices and that number is increasing at an accelerating rate. The rate of growth implies a growing comfort with networked, wearable, and implanted devices – and our connectivity with them.


Over the past decade, our work has exposed us to some amazing human-integrated technology advances across a number of industries. We’ve seen need and a desire for longer, healthier lives driving many of the bio-digital developments that evolved quickly from bleeding-edge innovation to ubiquitous use. Implantable Internet of Things (IoT) devices like pacemakers, defibrillators, and insulin pumps are perfect examples – each external, electronic device has the potential to supplement or repair a deficiency that would otherwise shorten or even end someone’s life.

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New Thinking Never Gets Old: The Innovation Mandate

Posted by Aaron Schulman

Jun 9, 2016 9:30:00 AM

We’ve been in a state of rapid change for decades. Much of what had been innovative is now ubiquitous. Just within the technology sector, some of the most impactful introductions have occurred in less than 20 years.


Consider that the Apple II “ready-to-use computer for consumers,” launched in 1977. In 1989, we got our first ‘portable’ consumer computer. The Palm Pilot put early connectivity into our hands and pockets in 1996. Common use of the Internet is traced to 2000, and our phones are only eight years “smart.”

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Stability and Jeopardy: The Impact of IoT on National Infrastructure

Posted by Aaron Schulman

Mar 31, 2016 9:30:00 AM

We live in an unprecedented time. Around the world, the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing explosively. In 2008 Toffler Associates worked with the National Intelligence Council, and with the Department of Homeland Security, helping to envision the likely growth and potential impact of IoT, which was neither well known nor well understood. At that time, there were about 3 billion connected devices. Today, that number is approximated at 14 billion. The estimates for 2020 are 38 billion connected devices. We think those 2020 estimates are low. 

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