In order to thrive in this time of exponential change and rapid digital disruption, it is imperative to actively scan far outside of your industry looking for new ways to disrupt yourself, before others do it for you.
One of the biggest challenges innovators face is to truly understand the market opportunity space before they start creating a strategy and well in advance of product development. Since we can't see the future, we need to gain some real insight from deep domain experts and make sense of possible scenarios.
While we're excited by the innovations on new ships like Quantum of the Seas, it's hard not to wonder how dramatically different cruise ships will look 50 years from now.
Within San Francisco proper, there will be roughly ten new mid to high-rise towers on the skyline grouped around Rincon Hill across to the central subway corridor, fanning out to more mid-rise tower complexes across Central SoMa and tailing out towards the west end of SoMa (Van Ness) and lower Polk.
How much do we know today about the life of Jim Morrison, one of the global music industry's most iconic artists who died forty-three years ago?
Google Nose will filter out any unpleasant scents, like rotten garbage or steamed Brussels sprouts. Google Mouth will automatically close if you try to eat something you shouldn't, like rotten garbage or steamed Brussels sprouts.
We talk about PTSD and how it affects men and women in uniform but do we ever consider what happens to the children of war or the upbringing of the children of the enemy who grow up in the war zones?
What will it be like to be a 70, 80, 90, 100-year-old woman in the future? Let's imagine 'Nina' in decades ahead. Nina, whose husband died three years ago, lives in her own one-story home, in a pleasant intergenerational community, having made the decision to 'age in place.' Her house is close to the village center where she's on a first name basis with the merchants in all the shops.
What happens when 2,000 kids from around the world show up in Ames, Iowa to solve world problems? They get solved, and by some of the brightest kid's who are between 10 - 18 years old!
Sometimes you have to completely throw yourself into something and not look up until all you see is clear sky. I think expectations, snap judgments, and insecurities cloud the conscience; they keep us from living and investing in the present.
From food and alcohol to dating and entertainment, our consumption habits are morphing in shocking ways. The operating principle is a gleeful "gimme more!"
To try and reach back there, I'm going straight to the source. Not to new books like Joseph Tirella's Tomorrow-Land, but to a dust-blanketed old one. It's one that's been wedged in the back of my shelf since the summer of 1964: The Official Guide to the New York World's Fair.
The most important question, in keeping with the spirit of this briefing, is if the Space Commando's cybernetic and genetic augmentations count as weaponry?
As we look ahead at a world with computers literally affixed to people's eyes, let's make sure not to forget the importance of the people behind the screens.
When I went to Eugene's website to test out his chops, Eugene asked me where I was from, and I replied "New York." He then -- implying that I was being self-involved -- asked if I wanted to know where he was from.
I've always regarded asteroids as somewhat like dinosaurs: mildly interesting and faintly dangerous. But I'm now thinking that they might be a profitable real estate investment.