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On 3D Printing

To many, 3D printing is little more than a toy. A toy that mostly prints toys. To others, it’s a prototyping tool good for a hands-on feel of a manifested idea but not much more.

Yet for a select few, 3D printing is the heart of innovation, and each new iteration is pumping the future’s lifeblood.

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The Future of Health Care: iHeart Radio Host Pat Rullo Interviews Michael Vidikan

What will health care look like in 2020, and beyond? That’s the topic futurist Michael Vidikan discusses with Pat Rullo, author of “Speak Up and Stay Alive.” In this podcast interview, Pat asks Michael:

1. First, let’s cut right to the chase — what do you see as the future of Health Care in the US?

2. Is the situation different abroad — say in countries that have socialized medicine?

3. How do you forecast Obamacare will change — especially with next president and a new Congress?

4. What do you see coming that might surprise us?

5. What are some possible game changers?

6. What do you think the state of health care will be in 10 years, and 20?

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Money’s Edge: Will Greece Embrace Bitcoin, or What?

Whither Greece? Will it be booted from the European Union – mainly because Germany is losing patience with what it views as irresponsible public finance and downright lackadaisical national attitudes about taxes and debt?  And if it is booted from the Eurozone, will it turn to a cryptocurrency?Read more…

IndraStra: Consequences of EuroZone BreakUp by Michael Vidikan

When the euro began circulating in 2002, it was seen as a great step forward in the economic and fiscal integration of EU members. Now it is a source of great divisiveness, as the EU struggles to manage economic crises within the confines of the euro.

This brief explores what might happen if managing that struggle proves too difficult, and the euro loses some of its 17 members. It concentrates on the effects on economies and consumers’ lives, rather than on why this scenario is reached. It also examines the implications for business.Read more…

1776: Future in Focus Founder Michael Vidikan on the Future of the Energy Industry

At Future in Focus, we’ve recently written about a variety of ways the electric power industry is ripe for disruption and change. The longstanding, overarching business model in the electric power industry involves a combination of power generation, power distribution, and retail sales over a common electric grid. Rising demand for power and high credit ratings have enabled capital investments in new capacity with reliable long-range payback through a combination of regulated and unregulated income.

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The Washington Post Capital Business editor’s note: Future in Focus Founder Michael Vidikan on Real-time Health Monitoring Technologies

I’m a sucker for new ideas, particularly those that might animate the next big business trend. I came across two last week — each provocative in their way, which is another way of saying I have my quibbles. But that’s what makes future-gazing so much fun: Who knows how it will turn out?

The first idea came in a guest post on the Web site of 1776, the D.C. start-up incubator. Michael Vidikan, the chief executive of the appropriately named strategic consultancy Future in Focus, predicted that 2015 would be the year of smartphone-enabled health devices.Read more…

1776: Future in Focus Founder Michael Vidikan on How Privacy Attitudes Impact Companies

E-commerce companies and privacy advocates appear to be in a stalemate that could persist for many years to come. E-tailers and other websites want to know everything they can about their consumers; and the majority of consumers for the most part want to share as little as possible with companies.

In their latest report, “Privacy in the Digital Age,” Future in Focus, a foresight research firm, covers the issue of privacy, examining how data collection puts many companies in a challenging position in their relationship with consumers.

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USA Today: Future in Focus Founder Michael Vidikan on the Rise of Bug-Based Cuisine

By Sarah Sekula
USA Today contributor

The first bug Daniella Martin can remember crunching down on was a chapulin (aka a toasted, chile-spiced grasshopper) in Oaxaca, Mexico.

“It tasted like a burnt potato chip,” she says. “It wasn’t love at first bite, I’ll say that much.”

Fast-forward eight years, and she has downed hornet larva in Japan, launched a bug-cooking show and written Edible: An Adventure Into the World of Eating Insects.

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Mobile Marketer: Future in Focus Founder Michael Vidikan on the Future of Mobile Sharing

By Rebecca Borison
Mobile Marketer reporter

With mobile opening up new ways for consumers to interact with commerce, a sharing economy has emerged, popularizing companies such as Zipcar, Airbnb and Splitwise.

Consumers are more willing now more than ever to share products and goods, and mobile devices are enabling this culture shift. Mobile makes it possible to split a bill with friends in a restaurant or even to select a stranger’s apartment to rent for a night.

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CBS Early Show: Futurist Chris Carbone on The Future of Men

Featured today on the CBS Early Show was a spot on the study Social Technologies’ conducted this spring for Spike TV on “The Future of American Men.” Watch the segment here. At a very man-friendly bar called the Black Sheep Pub and Restaurant in Philadelphia, CBS Early Show anchor Maggie Rodriguez talked to five men who each represented one of the personas outlined in the study. Read more…

The Miami Herald: Kevin Osborn on Texting Grandma

“Technology has changed the way families stay in touch, profoundly influencing not only how often we communicate, but also what we share with each other,” writes Miami Herald reporter Ana Veciana-Suarez.

“But does more mean better?” she asks. Some she interviewed said yes, such as Pam Haldeman, a professor of sociology at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. “I didn’t always feel this way, but now I think it’s great,” Haldeman said. “It certainly has increased interaction between family members, and we can reach far and wide to people who would’ve been lost to us a generation ago. It’s a win-win situation.”

Veciana-Suarez got a different reaction from Futurist Kevin Osborn:


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