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What does innovation look like in an age-old industry

by // April 17, 2019

There is a fair amount of historical evidence that suggests growing grains to produce beer is the reason humans morphed from hunter-gatherers to an agriculture-based society. Yet in the past 20 to 30 years, there’s been an incredible efflorescence. What does innovation look like in an industry that is as old as civilization itself? read more »

Will CBD be cannabis’ biggest high?

by // April 17, 2019

The popularity of and public interest in CBD has spurred significant innovation and product development efforts across an eclectic grouping of product categories. From bath bombs to pet food – everyone wants a piece of the pie. While there is an inevitable learning curve for consumers, since certain forms are still illegal in many states, there is already marked consumer interest in these products. read more »

What are the odds that sports wagers will be bigger business

by // April 17, 2019

Sports betting, traditionally a Las Vegas-controlled industry, is inching closer to being legal, one state at a time. Jay Kornegay, who already runs the largest sports wagering facility in the world, Westgate SuperBook, is thinking about expansion. When he thinks What the Future, he wonders what people are willing to bet on, and how mobile will impact that. There’s a lot of blue sky in betting – as long as people get over the stigma and misconceptions. Here’s what has him feeling optimistic. read more »

Betting that if it’s built, they will come

by // April 17, 2019

Ipsos research shows that barriers exist for the adoption of online betting, the modern vehicle to place a sports bet today. This syndicated research that measures attitudes and usage in the U.S. and Canada highlights that trust in online gambling sites is very low – not a surprise, given that the average Canadian has access to only one legal and regulated online gambling website. Financial concerns are a factor as well, which is consistent with any form of gambling. Ipsos looked at how barriers to online play differed across generations. Younger generations, for example, were much more likely to reject gambling in general or, alternatively, not know where to start. read more »

What is the future of secrets?

by // April 17, 2019

One of the themes of this issue is how many so-called vices are becoming more accepted. But there are still some vices, even legal ones, that carry a stigma, meaning we tend to keep some vices secret. And of course there are other corporate and personal secrets we keep for ourselves and others. But are secrets even possible in today’s digital age? read more »

On The Fringe with Amy Webb: Vice

by // April 17, 2019

We pride ourselves on burning the midnight oil: working long hours, getting little sleep and optimizing our daily routines for maximum output. As it turns out, productivity is a vice, and we’re all addicted to getting stuff done. (Or at least feeling like we are.) WTF asked quantitative futurist Amy Webb to give us some ideas of things to watch. read more »

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