Why Batteries Are Not the Future

For more than a decade, the Trends editors have questioned the near-term competitiveness of battery-powered electric...

published on: May 30, 2016

The Growth of Robot Farming

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

published on: Mar 16, 2016

Urban Mobility Takes Off

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

published on: Nov 14, 2015

The Land Degradation Crisis

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

published on: Nov 14, 2015

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. Transportation

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...

Magnetic Refrigeration

published on: Aug 10, 2014

The commercialization of refrigeration and the related technology of air conditioning began just over 100 years ago. Its use became widespread after...

Work, Smarts, and Wealth

published on: Aug 10, 2014

One of the biggest problems with the arguments regarding the inequality of rewards is the failure to acknowledge the role played by both intelligence...

Beyond the Solar System

published on: Feb 24, 2014

Mankind has always wanted to explore the unknown.  Today, we've explored the Earth's surface and probed the depths of its seas.  We've visited the...

Harnessing the Power of Robonomics

published on: Jun 7, 2013

Industrial robots are at the core of manufacturing throughout the OECD. Moreover, it looks like they will play an even bigger role as manufacturing...

Using Trends to Unlock the Future

published on: May 8, 2013

In a world where cumulative knowledge doubles every seven years and most major business successes and failures are due to industry disruption,...

The SETI Delusion

published on: Apr 6, 2011

Every year or two, there seems be some discovery announced that lets the mainstream media breathlessly speculate that “the discovery of alien...

Science Is Unlocking the Full Potential of Music

published on: Nov 15, 2010

Archeology reveals that music has been present in every culture since the very beginning of humanity. The latest evidence shows that music is...

3D Media Finally Goes Mainstream

published on: Nov 15, 2010

After decades of false-starts and disappointments, 3D media finally seems to be moving into the mass market. Movies, television, and gaming are all...

Service Robots Are Closer Than You Think

published on: Oct 15, 2010

Robots have made an enormous impact on global productivity. But virtually all of that impact has happened on the factory floor. On the other hand,...

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