August 4th, 2013
In the last column here I wrote about the decline in what used to be called privacy. The definition of privacy is mutable, ever changing. What was considered private 100 years ago, even 20 years ago is practically non-existent today. As I wrote in 2006 before the iPhone and all devices that have followed “Technology Increases, Privacy Declines” One of the characteristics of the Shift Age is that all of us now live with two realities, the physical reality and screen reality.
So, the uproar around Mr. Snowden’s disclosure of PRISM and how much the NSA, with …
May 13th, 2012
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I have been writing and speaking that IP is the wealth of the Shift Age for the last six years. And over the last six years, this reality has become ever more apparent. Recent headlines make this crystal clear.
In the Agricultural Age, those who owned the land created wealth. In the Industrial Age, those who created and controlled production created wealth. In the Information Age, those who created technology and brought it to market created …
February 25th, 2011
In the past I have written that as a futurist, it sometimes feels like I live in a state of déjà vu. I spend a lot of time researching and looking into the future to develop the forecasts and trends that I write and speak about. I experience them, see them, and have varying degrees of certainty when I publish or present them.
Since 2011 began, so many of the forecasts and trends I predicted over the last four years are coming true, I feel as if I’m in an almost constant state of déjà vu. Now, as I spend some …
August 18th, 2008
The human creation of content and the human interface with computers has, for a century, been based upon the use of keyboards. Typewriters, then electric typewriters were used for all forms of written documents be it letters or books. This was used as the data entry for computers in the early days of mainframes.
When the first PCs came along in the 1970s, the keyboard was the method of interface. This was expanded with the introduction of the mouse. What followed was the obvious need to make the human-machine interface more appealing and accessible, so the graphic …