Posts by: Michael Rogers

The Future of Learning

On January 11, 2019 By

What is the future of learning?

Watch this video from Michael Rogers as he shares insight into what the future holds for AI (Artificial Intelligence) and more.


The Future of Learning from Michael Rogers on Vimeo.

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A Futurist in Sicily

On November 9, 2018 By

I’m spending my summer writing in the farm country of Sicily, a place that usually seems very far from the future. It’s the land where ancient Greek myths lurk in the landscape and the local language, still widely spoken in lieu of Italian, is the oldest in Europe.

The other day I was talking to […]

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Recently, an HR director told me that her company is planning a “remedial social skills” course for some of its new employees.

What exactly, I wondered, does that include?

For starters, she said, how to decide when to text, when to send email, when to make a phone call, when to show up in person […]

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Can government keep up with the accelerating rate of technologic change?  The answer is, usually not. In the US, at least, government moves slowly and is captive to multiple conflicting influences.  Legislators react after problems arise, and even then may not fully understand the underlying technology.

Instead, insurance companies may become the real regulators of […]

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For decades now climatologists have agreed that the first symptoms of global warming would be extreme weather events. (Here’s my 1989 Los Angeles Times article on the early researchers in the field.)

And I’ve argued that it will be extreme weather events that catalyze public opinion to demand further climate action from both governments and […]

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For the international tourism industry, this past summer brought mixed messages.

Business was good, because it’s never been easier to be a tourist: discount airlines, massive cruise ships, Internet price competition, Airbnb, even the rise of English as a more-or-less standard tourism language (and when that fails, Google Translate.)  And the growing middle class in Asia […]

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Good News About Robots!(?)

On December 19, 2017 By

When both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times do the same non-breaking-news story within the same week, a media cynic suspects the gentle hand of corporate public relations.

And so it is with Workers: Fear Not the Robot Apocalypse in the Journal and As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles in the Times.

Both are well-reported on-sceners about […]

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Will Cash Disappear?

On September 12, 2017 By

I worked last week with a major credit card company, and one topic was whether cash will disappear.  Will there come a day when all transactions are electronic, perhaps using your smart phone–or even, say, just your fingerprint–and cash will be kept only in museums?

Some countries are almost there–in Sweden, for example, half the […]

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Sometimes I joke that we’ve been talking about the Millennial generation for so long, they got old.

Old enough, at least, to start families.  And thus Millennials were a central focus at the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association conference in California, where I spoke earlier this month.

The JPMA represents companies that serve the prenatal to toddler phase […]

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As a science writer I always looked for stories about the future, so it’s no surprise that I started covering global warming and climate change during the late 80’s.  Recently going through my files I ran across one of those stories, from 1989, that ran on the cover of The Los Angeles Times Sunday magazine.


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