1. A Marketplace of Ideas about the Future…

Welcome to the Mad Scientist Laboratory, a marketplace of ideas about the future of our society, work, and conflict. Mad Scientist is a U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) initiative and community of action that continually explores the future through collaborative partnerships and continuous dialogue with academia and industry. Through this initiative, the Army shapes future multi-domain operations in its role as a thought leader regarding the future of warfare.

This blog serves as our continual conversation about the future and the following twelve trends we are tracking:

  • Big Data
  • Power Generation & Storage
  • Cyber & Space
  • Collective Intelligence
  • Technology, Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Climate Change / Resource Competition
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Demographics & Urbanization
  • Increased Level of Human Performance
  • Economic Rebalancing
  • Robotics

Rapid changes in these trends and the convergence of their effects are shaping the character of future conflict.

For further insights into our focus, please read: “The Operational Environment and the Changing Character of Future Warfare” at http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/the-operational-environment-and-the-changing-character-of-future-warfare.

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The Mad Scientist team will use this forum as a peer review for emerging ideas about the future and to solicit your ideas. We will post twice a week (usually Mondays and Thursdays). In preparing a blog post for submission, be sure to:

  • Keep our audience in mind – the Mad Scientist community is focused on the Deep Future (2035-2050).
  • Develop a short, compelling title and opening paragraph – make readers want to read your post!
  • Be informative and value-added – this is a marketplace of ideas.
  • Recognize post length has an impact — shorter (<300 words) posts are best for generating comments, while longer (1500+ words) posts generate more shares on social media. A good rule of thumb for generating both comments and social shares are posts that are 300-600 words in length.
  • End your post with a call to action, furthering your position / thesis (e.g., link to a related article, register for an event).
  • Enhance your post for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – insert keywords and phrases, where appropriate.
  • Perform a final edit / proofread, then submit!

In 1895, H.G. Wells wrote, “We need to constantly be challenging ourselves in order to strengthen our character and increase our intelligence.” — The Time Machine.

We look forward to increasing our collective intelligence with your contributions and insightful comments – blog on!

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