The version of ourselves in the future should be the better version (Steven Pinker would agree). And with good reason: the future is full of possibilities, with products and algorithms that are designed to make our life easier and more fulfilling.
A general consensus about the future is that we will enjoy more free time, since most of our time-consuming problems will be automated, solved and/or improved.
But, why wait? You can start preparing for the future right now.
What’s changing: Friday, February 16th, 2018
- Watch Yuval Noah Harari describe a provocative vision of the future during the last World Economic Forum. 22 minute video.
- Read what Sebastian Thurn, co-founder of X (Google’s “semi-secret research-and-development facility) has to say about the superhuman worker of the future. 3 minute read.
- Learn how Microsoft plans to use blockchain technology to secure and manage online identities. 4 minute read.
- Discover how direct-to-consumer brands are changing market dynamics. 4 minute read.
- See how nanorobots seek and destroy cancerous tumors. 6 minute read + video.
- Understand how the automation of production is accelerating around the world. 8 minute read + charts.
- Be amazed by the Algorithmic Justice League, an organization fighting bias against women and African-American faces in facial recognition systems. 7 minute read.
“So there are two major themes of the decline of advertising jobs, one that has to do with the companies that now create them and one that has to do with the way brands prefer to market themselves nowadays. In short, the future of the advertising business is being moved to technology companies managing ad networks and media companies making branded content—that is, away from the ad agencies.”
From Where Did All the Advertising Jobs Go? by Derek Thompson in The Atlantic.
Food for thought
A concept created by Aviv Ovadya who believes that, “Our platformed and algorithmically optimized world is vulnerable — to propaganda, to misinformation, to dark targeted advertising from foreign governments — so much so that it threatens to undermine a cornerstone of human discourse: the credibility of fact.”
Curated with curiosity by Iñaki Escudero, Future Activist @inakiescudero