With some warning indications emerging in the economy, it is helpful to understand the potential effects this may have. Yet, one must caution their self before assuming a conclusion, for indications only produce predictions.
I challenge any individual or organization to a $25,000 bet that global warming is real and will continue. If the climatological average global land surface temperature goes up again in 2016 the party that accepts must donate $25,000 to a science education nonprofit of my choice.
Many people make a career predicting what will happen in sports. Sage users have predicted bold upsets, Super Bowl winners, MVPs and more for 2016. Agree or disagree, we're in for another great year in sports!
As an early stage investor, I inevitably wind up in conversations about the future. And given that my team sees hundreds of startups each month, we're in the perfect position to spot trends -- and even make a few predictions. So what's around the corner in startups?
If you favor intelligence over strength, then think chess. Unlike some other games, chess does not rely on luck, muscular strength or brute force. It is a brain over brawn exercise and an exquisite art form that has existed for more than 1500 years.
The key is to understand that it is all part of a natural process of unfolding futures mixed with emotional investors, and then to NOT get overly emotional about it. You cannot predict or control either of them. And, if you have a long time-horizon, it doesn't matter.
These findings suggest that mental illness is neither a sufficient nor necessary cause of violence. Rather, like the rest of the population, a nexus of variables must be considered when attempting to predict something as complex as human behavior.
Aging is a process that changes the entire body and expectedly on a detailed molecular level too. Future research will identify novel biomarkers that indicate faster or slower aging on the basis of which predictive tests can be developed. But we are not there yet. And likely not even close.
The notion of driverless vehicles is an easy one to ridicule, but they might not be as futuristic and sci-fi as people think. We take a closer look to discover if self-driving cars really are the future for the world's highways.
Of course, there is much more to a startups success than market, technology and design execution, including team dynamics, the competitive field, surrounding ecosystem and the intellectual property conditions.
One could see it as archaic. Maybe we no longer need trendspotters, when everything is changing all the time, and when everything else -- branding, marketing, behavior and lifestyle -- can adapt in real time. Trendspotting can be frustrating.
Fans of George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire saga love to speculate about what will happen next. With two books (of seven) to go, the identity of the eventual occupant of the Iron Throne is anyone's guess. But if the Warlocks of Qarth can see into the future, why can't we?