The Evolving Future of Television

In the second half of the 20th century, television was not just the most important vehicle for entertainment and news,...

published on: Sep 11, 2013

Pre-Selling the Future

As highlighted in the prior issues of Trends, crowdfunding and cocreation involve investors and consumers in the...

published on: Jul 16, 2013

Synthetic Biology Moves into the Real World

Synthetic biology is at the very cutting edge of the Digital Revolution and may even form the foundation for the next...

published on: Jul 16, 2013

Extraordinary Popular Delusions 2012

It’s been 171 years since Charles Mackay published his classic work, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness...

published on: Aug 2, 2012

Commercial Space Flight Goes Mainstream

published on: Jul 1, 2012

Private industry has finally begun delivering launch vehicles and orbital spacecraft to fill the void left by government programs. What are the...

Defining American Capitalism

published on: Jul 1, 2012

The United States is not facing the same level of impending demographic crisis as Europe or China. However, it is facing an unavoidable decision...

Personal Air Vehicles: An Idea Whose Time Is...

published on: Jul 1, 2012

One hundred years ago, the automobile and the airplane began changing our lives forever. And as early as 1926, engineers dreamed of vehicles that...

Fundamental Challenges to America's Long-Term...

published on: May 3, 2012

As the Trends editors have observed, the United States enjoys many competitive advantages that have enabled it to achieve economic preeminence....

Why American Firms Rule the World

published on: Oct 7, 2011

With a few notable exceptions, including Toyota, Sony, and Siemens, the world’s best firms all tend to be American. Why is that true? And, what...

Is a New Tech Bubble Upon Us?

published on: Oct 7, 2011

For the first time in nearly a decade, information technology IPOs with lots of buzz and high multiples are capturing our attention. What does this...

The Future of Private Equity

published on: Aug 5, 2011

Since the dot-com boom imploded a decade ago, private equity has been the most successful investment vehicle for the wealthy. But, are the best days...

Re-Engineering the U.S. Economy

published on: Jul 7, 2011

This is the third in a series explaining the broad implications of civilization's "fifth techno-economic revolution," which is certainly the pivotal...

Recycling the Petrodollar Tsunami

published on: Apr 7, 2011

As discussed in prior issues, oil prices have risen dramatically in recent years as real demand growth has outstripped new supplies. Also, in...

Micro-Electromechanical Systems Become Mainstream

published on: Apr 6, 2011

The Trends editors have been tracking the evolution of MEMS technology for nearly two decades.  In that time, these tiny systems have become...

Private Spaceflight Takes Off

published on: Feb 15, 2011

Throughout its history, space flight has been dominated by the public sector. But finally, the long-anticipated emergence of private-sector...

The Future of the Self-Driving Automobile

published on: Dec 15, 2010

In 2004, the Trends editors explained how state-of-the-art technology was moving rapidly toward the day when cars would drive themselves safely,...

Are Electric Cars Finally Here?

published on: Nov 15, 2010

Electric automobiles were pioneered at the earliest stages of the automobile industry, but they were quickly over-shadowed by those with internal...

Understanding How We Decide

published on: Jul 15, 2009

For the first time in history, we have almost instant access to all the data we need to make good decisions. Yet, time after time, people still make...

The New Era of Global Risk Management

published on: Mar 15, 2009

Over the past 18 months, we’ve witnessed what can happen when risks are wildly mispriced. Just as the aftermath of the 1929 stock market crash led...

The Myth of the Magic Start-Up

published on: Feb 15, 2009

In large part, reigniting the American economy depends on creating innovative new businesses that employ new technologies and new business models to...

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