1. Ghost Town .coms of the Future

    Ghost towns are a rich part of world history. There are literally thousands of examples of these now-irrelevant pin pricks on a map. Overnight sensations quickly became a distant memory in the years that followed. Is the Internet today really that much different than the gold rush stories of the late 1800s? For ghost towns, the reasons behind their demise vary tremendously. Pripyat, a small town in northern Ukraine, reached a population of 50,000 before the Chernobyl Nuclear Power disaster. Today, it is glowing with abandonment. Jonestown, Guyana was founded as both a “socialist paradise” …Read More

  2. The Urgency Paradox

    “Delivered in 30 minutes or it’s free!,” “One-hour photo,” or “Overnight delivery” were common slogans from 20 years ago. Today, the urgency of business has shifted into an entirely new gear. An on-demand generation has grown accustomed to an instant-world. Text sent, text received. Hear a good song, own it instantly. Record a funny YouTube video, the world is watching within seconds. But while many aspect of technology have ramped up, pushing business to the limits, social urgency has slowed to a crawl. You couples have somehow mastered the fine art of long engagements. Very oft…Read More

  3. Roman Numerals: Preventing Higher Math

    During the time of the ancient Greek civilization several mathematicians became famous for their work.  People like Archimedes, Pythagoras, Euclid, Hipparchus, Posidonius and Ptolemy all brought new elements of thinking to society, furthering the field of math, building on the earlier work of Babylonian and Egyptian mathematicians. A few generations later the Romans became the dominant society on earth, and the one aspect of Roman society that was remarkably absent was the lack of Roman mathematicians.  Rest assured, the scholarly members of Roman society came from a good gene pool and they …Read More

  4. The Future of Literacy

    Understanding Literacy through the Words We Consume In 2008, Americans consumed 1.3 trillion hours worth of information. This information consumption translated into an average of 12 hours per person, 100,500 words, and 34 gigabytes each day. If we base the notion of literacy on the number of words that flow into our mind on a daily basis, we suddenly realize that the incoming words are coming from a variety of different sources. Today the vast majority of our “word intake” comes from television and computers with only 9% coming from print media. In 1960, print media accounted for 26% of o…Read More

  5. Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein

    Albert Einstein  After formulating the theory of general relativity, Albert Einstein had shown that photons have momentum and that electrons and other subatomic particles display characteristics of both waves and particles. These discoveries helped form the quantum theories of Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr, who proposed that this wave-particle duality exhibited a randomness that is affected by the observer himself. Thereby, the more precisely the particle's position is determined, the less precisely its momentum is known; the more precisely the momentum of the particle, the less precisely …Read More

  6. Event Recap of 3-5-2012 Night With a Futurist

    Did you take time out to attend the NWAF about time? About 30 people DID attend the Night With A Futurist on 3/5/2012 to find out new advances that can save them time and stress. Thomas Frey led off the evening with a talk about Circadian Time. His brief proposal of rethinking how we approach our daily life was whimsical and entertaining, provoking a few logistical questions and a number of smiles. The second speaker, Andrew Novick is an official “time scientist” working at the Time and Frequency Division of National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder. He is also the develope…Read More

  7. Future Libraries and 17 Forms of Information Replacing Books

    Question: As physical books go away, and computers and smart devices take their place, at what point does a library stop being a library, and start becoming something else? Somewhere in the middle of this question lies the nagging fear and anxiety that we see brimming to the top among library insiders. People who think libraries are going away simply because books are going digital are missing the true tectonic shifts taking place in the world of information. Libraries are not about books. In fact, they were never about books. Libraries exist to give us access to information. Until recently, …Read More