On-Demand Personal Aviation Takes Off

Since Trends last examined this rapidly developing story in September 2016, a tsunami of innovation, funding, business...

published on: Jun 24, 2017

When America Goes to Pot

In 2016, the legalization of cannabis, also known as marijuana, approached critical mass in the United States. What...

published on: Feb 25, 2017

Policing in the Twenty-First Century

For millennia, law enforcement was carried out by human police, enforcing a peace between the members of villages,...

published on: Jan 16, 2017

A Star Trek “Impulse Drive” Could Ope...

As every Star Trek fan knows, the Starship Enterprise had two kinds of propulsion:  faster-than light “warp...

published on: Jan 16, 2017

The Climate Express Hits the Wall

published on: Dec 15, 2016

Like a speeding locomotive filled with gold bullion, the $1.5 trillion a year climate-industrial complex seemed, until a few weeks ago,...

The New Plastics Economy

published on: Nov 15, 2016

Plastics have become the ubiquitous workhorse material of the modern economy, combining unrivaled functional properties with low cost.  Their use...

Science Seeks to Understand Human Consciousne...

published on: Oct 15, 2016

Every human being identifies with the terms “me, myself, and I.”  Until the middle of the nineteenth century, western thought assumed these...

The Flying Taxi Experience May Be Here Sooner...

published on: Sep 15, 2016

As highlighted in the November 2015 issue of Trends, a business case is emerging for the deployment of a flying taxi fleet in many urban markets,...

The Lawyer Bubble

published on: Sep 15, 2016

While graduates of the top law schools still get solid offers and partners with top law firms still generate big incomes, things look relatively...

Why Batteries Are Not the Future

published on: May 30, 2016

For more than a decade, the Trends editors have questioned the near-term competitiveness of battery-powered electric vehicles. As we’ve noted, the...

The Growth of Robot Farming

published on: Mar 16, 2016

Combine the recent rash of food contamination with chronic drought and a shortage of farm laborers, and you begin to realize that modern...

Urban Mobility Takes Off

published on: Nov 14, 2015

Just as the Digital Revolution promises to transform urban ground transportation, it is opening up the possibility of cost-effective alternatives...

The Land Degradation Crisis

published on: Nov 14, 2015

We usually think of our “capital base” in terms of factories, machinery, and vehicles as well as infrastructure like roads, pipelines, and...

Connecting Talent with Opportunity

published on: Sep 20, 2015

Here and around the world, individuals are struggling to find work and build careers that make use of their skills and capabilities. These concerns...

Happiness, Our Most Valued Attribute

published on: Jul 11, 2015

When all is said and done, the most important issue in our lives is whether we’re happy. So it’s not surprising that researchers devote a great...

The Connected Automobile Nears Critical Mass

published on: Apr 11, 2015

Telematics has been around for nearly twenty years, adding convenience to the driving experience in many small ways. However, declining cost,...

Preventing Stupid Economist Tricks

published on: Mar 16, 2015

Trend #1 focuses on doing the right things to return the global economy to prosperous growth; but it's just as important for the U.S. and global...

Diamond Becomes the New Material of Choice

published on: Jan 17, 2015

For centuries, diamonds have been valued for ornamentation, as well as use in manufacturing applications where their hardness enables them to easily...

Turbocharging Photosynthesis

published on: Nov 17, 2014

Except for a few obscure “extremophiles,” life on Earth depends on photosynthesis. With worldwide food demand already increasing dramatically,...

Carmageddon and the Future of U.S. Transporta...

published on: Sep 15, 2014

There are seemingly incessant demands from Washington policy makers for enormous "infrastructure investments." Whether it's high-speed rail, expanded...

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