Some things will never be the same

We continually come across dozens of innovations across a wide range of industries and services. There is so much happening, fueled by discoveries in science and new technology, that each week we save around 150 links of content to helps us create this weekly newsletter.

The question we ask ourselves is, which of all these amazing developments really change the way we live, the way we behave, and the way we define humanity?

In many cases, it is too soon to tell. You can never be 100% sure about how people will react (remember the Segway PT or Google Glass?) and the impact these new products will have in the long term.

One thing we know for sure is that for a trend to be meaningful it has to change the status quo.

What’s changing: Thursday, February 1st, 2018

In transportation: A car without seats??? The advent of autonomous delivery vehicles means we won’t need humans to drive them. So, why not get rid of seats too and gain tons of space in the process?

In AI: Two chatbots try and negotiate with each other over a trade and they end up creating a new language no human could understand. Facebook, the creator of the experiment, is a human service that relies on human languages, so it shut them down.

At work: This is a radical idea. “Do less and obsess“. Get it done with excellence and then move on.

In consumer electronics: It might be soon be illegal to build electronics that are too expensive to repair.

In parking: You know the situation: a car is parked, blocking yours. Annoying, right? Well, in China they found a very civilized (and logical) way to solve the matter involving QR codes.

In social good: Technical innovations can offer much-needed support to some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. With lingering problems like poverty, hunger, healthcare, privacy, and animal extinction, the concern is using AI to deal with humanity’s biggest problems.  No surprisingly there is new a course called “AI for social good” that focuses on making AI useful to benefit society today.

In jobs: The World Economic Forum predicted that 65% of kids in school today will have jobs in the future that don’t currently exist. Coming out of Davos, these are some of the jobs kids might expect to have in the future.

In Africa’s growth: The youngest continent in the world (60% of the population is under the age of 25) with 6 of the 10 fastest growing economies in 2018, and the largest population growth by 2050. Africa’s future is bright and education is crucial.

Mental Energizer

“Pause for a second. How did we end up in a world where tech firms build addictive services to grab our data — only to pitch AI solutions for the very addiction problem they created?”

Will tech giants move on from the internet, now that we’ve all been harvested?

Reflection (i)

Find somewhere quiet, grab a pen and paper, and set a timer for five minutes. During this time, reflect on the following question:

What are the biggest changes happening in your personal and professional lives right now that you think could have long-lasting effects?

Share your thoughts with us on Twitter

Food for thought

Circular Economy.

Definition: The creation of products and services that no longer have a life cycle with a beginning, middle and end. They therefore produce less waste and can actually add value to the ecosystem.

See “The Circular Design Guide” by IDEO here.


Curated with curiosity by Iñaki Escudero, Future Activist @inakiescudero