The Future of On Demand Delivery

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In a world where consumers are increasingly used to instant gratification, online shopping for physical goods has been lagging substantially, even with the huge innovations in supply chain and next day delivery. Amazon plans to change all of this by using drones to deliver packages to consumers within 30 minutes of their placing an order. Realistically, the technological and regulatory …

The Future of Family History

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New research indicates that the old debate over “nature vs. nurture” may be based in an incomplete understanding of how genetics and experience interact. Similarly to Danny Hillis’ remarks on the way that proteomics can help us create a new model of cancer, researchers at the Emory School of Medicine believe that epigenetics – the theory of genetic memory – …

The Future of the Slump

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A growing number of economists believe that when it comes to the global economy, the new normal is a state of mild depression. Princeton Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman writes: The financial crisis that started the Great Recession is now far behind us. Indeed, by most measures it ended more than four years ago. Yet our economy remains …

The Future of Cancer

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Danny Hillis, founder of Thinking Machines and Applied Minds, sees a different way to think about cancer. In a 2010 TED talk, Hillis said that the way we currently think about cancer isn’t very useful: We’re treating cancer almost like it’s an infectious disease. We’re treating it as if it’s something that got inside of you that we have to …