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The Importance of the Social Contract in a Time of Desynchronization

Posted by Dave Baber

Oct 25, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Go back with me for a moment to the 15th Century. It’s the Age of Enlightenment, a time marked by unprecedented progress and disruption. Information reached the masses through Gutenberg’s breakthrough printing press. Philosophers like Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau pondered the relationship between people and government. Leaders emerged from across society, asking questions of the religious, wealthy, and aristocratic ruling classes. Citizens questioned the idea of monarchies. Scientists debated the principles of the universe.

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Clarity in the Chaos: The Value of ALTERNATE FUTURES® Scenario Planning

Posted by Jason Fieger

Oct 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

May you live in interesting times.


There’s a legendary saying of (questionable) decent. Some attribute it as an ancient Chinese saying, while others say it was British Foreign Secretary Austen Chamberlain (1924-1929) who had spent time in China and who may have picked up the sentiment – if not the saying – while there. As the story goes, he related that “May you live in an interesting age” is a curse heaped upon an enemy and then mused that in fact, "no age has been more fraught with insecurity than our own present time." 
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Welcome to the Fourth Wave? Cognitive Tech and AI are Reshaping Humanity

Posted by Eric Chase

Jun 28, 2017 10:30:00 AM

In 1950, Alan Turing published an article in MIND entitled Computing Machinery and Intelligence.[1] It posits, confidently, that computers would advance to a point at which they could be programmed to learn and perform with skills rivaling human intelligence. At the time, the proposition was revolutionary, though it actually reflected ‘computability and the universal machine’ work he had been pursuing since 1936. The paper laid out the concept of the discrete state machine model, clarified the prospect of what he termed 'intelligent machinery' and provided real suggestions about how Artificial Intelligence could happen.

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Infographic: What is the Future of Security and Protection?

Posted by Caitlin Durkovich

Jun 21, 2017 8:43:22 AM

Toffler Associates interviewed hundreds of subject matter experts to develop a perspective on the Future of Security and Protection. Combined with our deep understanding of drivers shaping the future and our ALTERNATE FUTURES ® scenario planning approach, we have begun to imagine what security and protection will look like in 2026.



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Preparing Cities for Smart Technology and Autonomous Vehicles

Posted by William Desrosiers

Jun 14, 2017 10:30:00 AM

With increasing volume and velocity, smart city technologies and autonomous vehicles are reshaping the structure of our cities and how we live and work in them. Smart city technologies include the Internet of Things, hyper-connected citizens, and data-driven public solutions. Beyond self-driving cars, autonomous vehicles encompass commercial and public applications, aerial, subsurface, and intermodal, and alternative energy components. These innovations are indeed disruptive individually, but in aggregate promise incredible opportunity for our metro areas. They also have the potential to create major hurdles for those tasked with putting these new resources to work.

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The Aging Population – How to Prepare Your Organization

Posted by Nina Martire

Jun 7, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Global demographics are shifting, and the global population is aging. Longer life spans will allow this population to travel and work later in life, creating new needs and opportunities. By understanding the shifting demographics and the needs of the new population, your organization can take advantage of future opportunities. 

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road: 4 Steps to Navigating Data for Business Success

Posted by Toffler Associates

May 24, 2017 4:30:00 PM

Future business success will rely on the ability to use personal data to customize the experience for every individual. Businesses must consider more than IT when shaping the role of data in the future. The protagonists of The Wizard of Oz sought a brain, a heart, courage, and home. Similarly, successful businesses will need to take these four steps: create knowledge from data, maintain consumer trust, update privacy policies, and organize for the future.

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The Accelerating Shared Economy

Posted by Nina Martire

May 10, 2017 9:15:00 AM

The nature of work is changing, and this is more than just virtualization. Who we are, how we interact, and the way we work are changing. How we connect and the technologies we use to do so are colliding in a way that is shaping our behavior and work - the rapidly expanding influence of the shared economy. Our infographic explores the features of a shared economy, how it has evolved and how it will impact business in the future. 

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This is the Future of Education

Posted by Dave Baber

Dec 20, 2016 1:00:59 PM

America moved from the Agrarian Age to the Industrial Age in the mid-19th Century. At that point in our history, farmers made up 64% of the population. Today, they comprise only 2% of the U.S. population. As we settle firmly in the Knowledge Age (The Third Wave), will Educators be the next great profession to lose employment to machines?

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