Randall Mayes

Randall Mayes

Randall Mayes is a technology analyst, author, futurist, and instructor of emerging technologies in Duke University’s OLLI program.

The Mismeasure and Misuse of GDP

The Mismeasure and Misuse of GDP

In The Great Questions of Tomorrow, David Rothkopf, an international policy expert and former editor of Foreign Policy, noted that we are on the cusp of a sweeping revolution—one that will change every facet of our lives. Klaus Schwab, the executive director and founder of the World Economic Forum,

Randall Mayes
Randall Mayes
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The Peculiar Economics of 3D Printing

The Peculiar Economics of 3D Printing

Klaus Schwab, the executive director and founder of the World Economic Forum, forecasts that, as part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, smart manufacturing will converge with synthetic biology and AI to have a transformational impact on the economy and our daily lives. Smart manufacturing is a form of advanced industrial

Randall Mayes
Randall Mayes
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Flying Cars: What, How, When, and Why?

Flying Cars: What, How, When, and Why?

Futurists and science fiction writers were discussing the possibility of flying cars even before the appearance of cars and highways. As a concept, they have existed for nearly a century. Today, “flying cars” are an esoteric topic and an ambiguous term that refers to something more than simply a car

Randall Mayes
Randall Mayes
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A Perfect Storm: The Chocolate, Coffee, and Climate Crises

A Perfect Storm: The Chocolate, Coffee, and Climate Crises

The major food staples are essential to human survival. Chocolate and coffee are not essential, but try to imagine a world without them. One of the numerous concerns with climate change is that many species will lose their habitats. Scientists are projecting that, in the coming decades, this could lead

Randall Mayes
Randall Mayes
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Autonomous Vehicles: Hype or Reality?

Autonomous Vehicles: Hype or Reality?

Automobile accidents are the second leading cause of death worldwide, with roughly 1.3 million fatalities annually according to the World Health Organization. China accounts for roughly 260,000 of those and the United States roughly 40,000. Car ownership is growing in developing countries, which will increase the number

Randall Mayes
Randall Mayes
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