Author: Thomas Frey

Over the past decade, Futurist Thomas Frey has built a following around the world based on his ability to develop accurate visions of the future and describe the opportunities ahead. Having started many businesses himself and assisting on the development of hundreds more, the understanding he brings to his audiences is a rare blend of reality-based thinking coupled with a clear-headed visualization of the world ahead. Predicting the future has little value without understanding the driving forces behind the trends, subtle nuances that can be leveraged, and implications for both the people directly affected in the industry as well as others farther down the technological food chain. Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Tom spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer. He is also a past member of the Triple Nine Society (High I.Q. society over 99.9 percentile).As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Thomas continually pushes the envelope of understanding, creating fascinating images of the world to come.

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How many times have you wished a smarter person was leaning over your shoulder whispering the right answer in your ear? As I think about some of my own situations, a better response would have meant the difference between success and failure, whether ...
For the past century, the work of every car designer has focused on one central activity – driving! The art of creating the perfect driving experience has been extremely complicated, with humans coming in a variety of shapes and sizes and the car its ...
Recently I was given a behind-the-scenes tour of Siemens Robotics Lab in Princeton, NJ where they demonstrated digital twin technology on a self-organizing manufacturing process. For those of you new to the concept, a digital twin is a virtual repres ...
I was thoroughly intrigued when I found out the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado was offering a degree in asteroid mining. Yes, the idea of extracting water, oxygen, minerals, and metals from an asteroid sounds like science fiction to mos ...
In 2013, I proposed using drones to extinguish future forest fires. Admittedly, both the idea and the technology were crude, and proposing an idea like this is not the same as implementing a solution. During the first few minutes, between the time wh ...
A few weeks ago a person who I hadn’t met before asked me what my superpower was. As an icebreaker at a networking event, this is a great question to get to know someone. However, since I had never been asked this question before, I must admit, I was ...
Is our current banking system doomed? When is the last time you set foot into a bank? While many of us have a love-hate relationship with our bank, where we love the people but hate the fees, we still tend to go there. According to a recent survey b ...
“If it weren’t for their glowing eyes, I would have sworn they were live fashion models dancing in the store window.” How long before we can’t tell them apart from humans? Moving smoothly to match the music playing in the background, each ...
As a futurist, I often get questions about flying cars. Well, the bad news is that we will never actually get to the flying car era that many have imagined, but flying drone taxis are similar and will prove to be far better. And the best part is they ...
German industrial giant, Siemens, recently hosted an Innovation Day that I participated in at their Chicago design center to give thought leaders in the U.S. a first look at many of the cutting edge technologies they’re working on. The topics they co ...
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