Knowing this will prepare you for 2036

If you look at things on a weekly or even yearly basis, the evolution of tech and how it affects our behaviors isn't that dramatic. But in the long term, the way we are today is significantly different from where we were just 18 years ago back in 2001.

A great example of the evolution of tech is CES in Las Vegas where electronic companies from all over the world come to showcase the latest and coolest trends, inventions and toys. As much as they are the latest, many are similar to the year before. And the year before that. In many cases they are merely improved versions 3.0 of what they had already.

If you look at things on a  weekly or even yearly basis, the evolution of tech and how it affects our behaviors are not that dramatic but in the long term, the way we are today is significantly different from where we were just 18 years ago back in 2001.

This is why we must take more of a long-term view. Changes happen. But not overnight. So, let’s take a tour of the most impactful changes happening today that will define us in the next 18 years, in 2036.

What’s changing: Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Our health will be very different in 2036, especially how long we will live and under what conditions. This is why. (8 min read)

Personal and voice assistants are soon going to take over every minute of our life. Some are already hacking them while others have found the way to operate them silently. One thing we can be sure of is that these assistants will become really smart, really quickly. (5 min, 6 min, 4 min & 4 min reads)

Our understanding of disruption is going to change dramatically. Even our fascination with startups will be different in the future. One thing that will remain the same, however, is the emergence of China as the economic superpower in artificial intelligence. If you’re not keen on moving to Asia, these are the best paying jobs in Silicon Valley today. (4 min, 3 min & 2 min reads)

Some believe that an official declaration of digital rights is needed. In the context of “avastars,” this could make a lot of sense. (7 min and 3 min reads)

This is especially poignant considering how fast artificial intelligence is learning to be aware of us humans. Finland is on top of this and educating its citizens about all things artificial intelligence. (6 min and 5 min reads)

 

Mental energizer

Impossible Foods Inc. is a US company that develops plant-based substitutes for meat and dairy products. David Lipman, Chief Science Officer, told Wired magazine that the company owes much of its appeal to a bio-engineering process that cranks out big, blood-red tanks of heme, a molecule that gives veggie meat “that slightly metallic bloody flavor”.

Meanwhile, “cultured meat,” created by growing actual animal cells in a vat, is moving toward viability. In New York, nerds at Ocean Hugger Foods have engineered a process to transform tomatoes into a tuna substitute. In the Netherlands, The Vegetarian Butcher is developing a Nespresso-style device that turns vegetable protein into fabricated meat.

– From “Embrace a fake-meat future” on Wired magazine.

 

Food for thought

Digisexuality

Pioneers of human-android romance now have a name, “digisexuals,” which some academics and futurists have suggested constitutes an emergent sexual identity.

This week’s exploration of possible futures was curated with curiosity by Iñaki Escudero, Future Activist.

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