Futures Salon: “The Privacy Ring”

Our topic will be “The Privacy Ring.”  We will be considering the future effects and implications of the concept design for the Me.Ring. Me.Ring is basically a connected switch that you wear on your finger. When you’re open to your data being collected (from your face, your location, or just about anything else you canContinue reading “Futures Salon: “The Privacy Ring””

Futures Salon: “Trends in Architecture”

Our topic for the evening will be “Trends in Architecture,” a presentation led by Mark Bryan of M+A Architects.  In the wake of the pandemic, M+A Architects took a look at the future of their industry and profession. They looked at what changes they will potentially see in the next 10 years and what that means for spaceContinue reading “Futures Salon: “Trends in Architecture””

Futures Salon: “Trust and Reputation in the Platform Gig Economy”

We begin with a brief introduction of Andrew Marley, who will be covering some of the concepts which appeared in his Masters work. We look forward to hearing about this applied anthropology! As a brief definition… Platform = things like TaskRabbit or UpWork, and while not the exact definition, is how it is commonly used.Continue reading “Futures Salon: “Trust and Reputation in the Platform Gig Economy””

Futures salon: The Future of the Office

We thank Nikki Wildman, Associate Principal with DesignGroup, for joining us this evening for a discussion on The Future of the Office. Before we get into the conversation, we engage in an interesting sidebar on how we will return to in-person interactions as well as the new limits on personal space may exist. “We allContinue reading “Futures salon: The Future of the Office”

Futures Salon: “STEEP predictions for 2021”

Our theme for the evening is “STEEP predictions for 2021.”  Society, Technology, Economics, Environment/Energy(Geo), Politics We start with casual conversation on the hopes that in the coming years we will be able to develop as a nation which more readily embraces kindness and reason. We expect that increased communication and collaboration in a global senseContinue reading “Futures Salon: “STEEP predictions for 2021””

Futures Salon: “Predicting the Presidential Election”

We open this evening’s salon, “Predicting the Presidential Election”, with group introductions as we have a nice collection of new members, the usual core, and members returning from previous years. This meeting represents our fourth conversation on these predictive models in political science. Will these models be able to predict this election in this tumultuousContinue reading “Futures Salon: “Predicting the Presidential Election””

Futures Salon: “The Workforce of the Future”

We return to our evening time slot to discuss the future of the workforce as outlined in a recent review by PwC’s global People and Organization: This review sets out to help envision the workforce in 2030, where the opposite forces of collectivist and individualism, as well as the contract between business fragmentation define fourContinue reading “Futures Salon: “The Workforce of the Future””

Futures Salon: “A Polymath University”

We start our discussion on university structure, flexibility, and capability here on July 7th with opening words from Dr. David Staley. If you would like to hear additional background for the following meeting notes, please check out his recent video through the Office of Research at The Ohio State University: The Future of the ResearchContinue reading “Futures Salon: “A Polymath University””

Futures Salon: “Conversations with Alexa”

We meet for our second digital lunch-hour format here on June 9th to discuss the future and implications of a voice command driven world. Dr. David Staley welcomes the group and begins moderating our discussion. We open with the question: “Will Alexa or similar vocal processing and response technology have the same impact as theContinue reading “Futures Salon: “Conversations with Alexa””

Futures Salon: “What’s next for Columbus after the pandemic?”

We open on May 6th, 2020, the first of many digital lunch-hour Futures Salons, with smiling familiar faces. Our topic for the day is the future for Columbus following the active COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. David Staley, Director of the Humanities Institute at The Ohio State University and President of the Columbus Futurists, welcomes the groupContinue reading “Futures Salon: “What’s next for Columbus after the pandemic?””