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Theodore Modis (born 1943) is a strategic business analyst, futurist, physicist, and international consultant. He specializes in applying fundamental scientific concepts to predicting social phenomena. In particular he uses the logistic function or S-curve to forecast markets, product sales, primary-energy substitutions, the diffusion of technologies, and generally any process that grows in competition. He is a vehement critic of the concept of the Technological Singularity.
He went to Columbia University, New York, where he received a Masters in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in physics. His secondary education was in Greece at Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Modis carried out research in particle physics experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratories and CERN, before moving to work at Digital Equipment Corporation for more than a decade as the head of a management science consultants group. He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Geneva, the European business schools INSEAD and IMD, and was a professor at DUXX Graduate School of Business Leadership in Monterrey, Mexico between 1998-2001. He has been in the advisory board of the international journal Technological Forecasting & Social Change since 1991. He is also the founder of Growth Dynamics, a Swiss-based organization specializing in business strategy, strategic forecasting and management consulting.
He has published about one hundred articles in scientific and in business journals, as well as eight books: Predictions, Conquering Uncertainty, An S-Shaped Trail to Wall Street (treating the New York Stock Exchange as an ecosystem), Predictions: 10 Years Later, Bestseller Driven, Street Science, Natural Laws in the Service of the Decision Maker, Decision-Making for a New World, and An S-shaped Adventure: "Predictions" 20 Years Later. His books have appeared in a number of other languages; Predictions has been translated into German, Japanese, and Greek, and Conquering Uncertainty has been translated into Chinese Long Form, Chinese Short Form, Greek, and Dutch.
- 1997 Outstanding-Paper-of-the-Year Award in the international Journal "Technological Forecasting & Social Change"
- Dean's List during undergraduate at Columbia University
- First in class during High School at Anatolia
Praise for Predictions
- "Interesting, well written, enjoyable, controversial, thought-provoking." - Simon van der Meer, Physicist, Nobel Prize 1984
- "A lot of highly selective fun re-invoking much in my own past experiences." - George Wald, professor emeritus of biology at Harvard, Nobel Prize 1967
- "A fascinating book." - Kosta Tsipis, Professor of Physics at MIT; Leader of the Program inScience and Technology for International Security
- "Predictions helped me think much more clearly about the world around me." - Thomas Dorsey, Author of Point & Figure Charting
- "I feel there is much wisdom in the book about life in general in a variety of ways...it provided some profound insights to me." - Ken Ferlic, Physicist
- "[Modis'] contributions will help me become an even better dad and husband." - Hamilton Lews II, Market Analyst
He has created two applications for iPhone/iPad, The S_Curve and Biorhythm_Science. Together with Vasco Almeida they created applications that forecast stock prices like species by treating the stock market as an ecosystem: Stock Fcsts and 2Stock Fcsts for the iPhone and Stocks' Futures and 2Stocks' Future for the iPad.
- An S-Shaped Adventure - "Predictions" 20 Years Later, Growth Dynamics, Lugano, Switzerland, November 2014.
- An S-Shaped Trail to Wall Street - Survival of the Fittest Reigns at the Stock Market, Growth Dynamics, Geneva, Switzerland, April 1999.
- Conquering Uncertainty: Understanding Corporate Cycles and Positioning Your Company to Survive the Changing Environment BusinessWeek Books, McGraw-Hill, New York, June 1998.
- Predictions - Society's Telltale Signature Reveals the Past and Forecasts the Future, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1992.
- Predictions: - 10 Years Later, Growth Dynamics, Geneva, Switzerland, October 2000.
- Bestseller Driven, Growth Dynamics, Lugano, Switzerland, 2005.
- Street Science - A Physicist's Wanderings off the Beaten Track, Growth Dynamics, Lugano, Switzerland, 2009.
- Natural Laws in the Service of the Decision Maker - How to Use Science-Based Methodologies to See more Clearly further into the Future, Growth Dynamics, Lugano, Switzerland, July 2013.
- Decision-Making for a New World: Natural Laws of Evolution and Competition as a Road Map to Revolutionary New Management, Campus Verlag-editionMALIK, Frankfurt, December 2014.
- Long-term GDP forecasts and the prospects for growth,Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 80, No. 8, 2013.
- Forecasting the Growth of Complexity and Change, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 69, No 4, 2002 - an essay about the growth of complexity in the universe.
- The Limits of Complexity and Change,The Futurist, (May-June 2003) 26-32.
- Growth Dynamics
- Lists of books and articles by T. Modis
- Modis on cycles as quote by Martin Beech on Page 204 of his book "Rejuvenating the Sun and Avoiding Other Global Catastrophes"
- iPad application
- Modis, Theodore (2013). "Long-Term GDP Forecasts and the Prospects for Growth" (PDF). Technological Forecasting & Social Change 80: 1557.
- Modis, Theodore (1994). "Life Cycles - Forecasting the Rise and Fall of Almost Anything" (PDF). The Futurist 28 (5): 20.
- Eden, Amnon H. et al. (2012). Singularity Hypothesis (PDF). New York: Springer. p. 311. ISBN 978-3-642-32560-1.
- Martin Beech, "Rejuvenating the Sun and Avoiding Other Global Catastrophes", Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, 2008