Category Archives: Future

Futures Friday — Signals of Change

In writing about how to think like a futurist, Jane McGonigal of the Institute for the Future speaks of “signals of change” — current news stories that show unusual technological or social advances. Her recommendation for aspiring futures thinkers is … Continue reading

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Imagine That!

Headlines screamed these words millions of times starting in 2020: “Unimaginable!” “Unthinkable!” The COVID pandemic caught us all off-guard, with global consequences: unimaginable levels of contagion with millions of dead worldwide, triggering unthinkable interventions like border lockdowns, and schools and … Continue reading

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Follow-up on Facial Recognition

Recently, I posted a set of links about facial recognition technology (FRT) and the controversies engendered as it sees wider use in more places. No sooner had I posted that list of links than I saw several related more articles, … Continue reading

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Granddad Looks To the Future, circa 1960

My grandfather, G.M.C. Massey, witnessed many changes during his time, having been born in 1880. At 80 years of age, he typed out pages of manuscripts filled with his memories, and sometimes — like today’s excerpt — his prognostications for … Continue reading

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Jan-Unk 2017

with apologies to the Roman God of Gateways & Transitions… Happy 2017 everyone!

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50 Years on a 5-Year Mission

The future came calling 50 years ago today when Star Trek premiered. I was hooked from the start even though I missed a lot of the episodes when they originally aired. See, the weekly show time regularly conflicted with our … Continue reading

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SXSWedu 2026— Learning in the Future

Yes, we’re back to the future as forecast during Jane McGonigal‘s recent SXSWedu talk,  How to Think (and Learn) Like a Futurist. I’ve written quite a bit about about Jane before, and mentioned how excited I was to hear her speak … Continue reading

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for Paris and Beirut and Kenya…for all of us

My heart is heavy again with the senseless violence we have witnessed this past week. For solace, I turn to my joy — music — and specifically, I often listen to this piece of “musical medicine” from David Wilcox at times like … Continue reading

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Older & Wiser & Happier

Some quick links for your weekend reading, all about aging — an experience we can all share in, some of us more so than other. With luck, you, too, can reap the benefits of growing older. Here’s how that’s going to … Continue reading

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Cracking the Crystal Ball: Blade Runner or Jetsons?

It’s Groundhog Day and we have once again seen the future through Punxsutawney Phil’s shadow — 6 more weeks of winter, in case you missed today’s forecast. We’re fascinated by the future, whether for something as simple as weather forecasting or dreaming … Continue reading

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