Notes From The Near Future

  • March 21, 2017 The Future of...Digging

    Data is the new oil, and we humans are the wells. Our digital crude is a rich morass of our searches, texts and tweets––along with the GPS coordinates from our phones, the biometric information we...

  • March 15, 2017 The Future of...Feels @ SXSW

    I just returned from SXSW, where I spent several hours with the folks from Sony CSL and had the opportunity to test out a bunch of new whole-body virtual experiences. Rath...

  • March 07, 2017 The Future of...Automation

    You know that I don't mince words, so I'm going to be blunt: our political leaders are totally unprepared to deal with how automation is already changing the workforce and the stability of their local...

  • February 28, 2017 The Future of...Voices

    I know you already know about conversational interfaces: Alexa, Siri, Google, Cortana , and soon Bixby

  • December 08, 2016 The Future of...Trump

    This is an abbreviated issue of *Notes From the Near Future*. My book launched this week (!!) so my time is limite...

  • November 10, 2016 The Future of...Unknown Unknowns

    ****This is a moment when we all need to be thinking very seriously about the future. *Technology and science will become more politicized in the next few years, and I think we ought to be talking abo...

  • November 02, 2016 The Future of...Robot Companions

    It's been a long while since the last issue of the Near Future newsletter, I know. I've been hard at work on futures stuff (a new book! a futurists summit! more at the bottom). And I've been out there...

  • February 16, 2016 The Future of...Virtual Reality

    Happy Oculus Rift-ready PC Pre-Order Day ! Virtual reality's event horizon is officially upon us.

  • January 27, 2016 The Future of...Power

    It was a historic storm here in the Mid-Atlantic. Four days after the first flakes started to fall, millions of people were still waiting for plows to excavate them from mountains of snow. The federal...

  • January 06, 2016 The Future of...Ambient Proximity

    If you traveled through an airport during the holidays, you were probably being tracked at some point by a beacon––a tiny device that can be programmed to push information to (or receive informati...