This week’s exploration of possible futures was curated with curiosity by Iñaki Escudero, Future Activist.
The pace of progress towards our possible futures is driven by millions of small events and millions of unremarkable news stories — which slowly become part of our everyday lives.
Here are some of the ‘below the radar’ events happening just this week. Some will stick, and for some it’s not their time… just yet.
What’s changing: Thursday, May 24th, 2018
- Fortnite continues to grow, and grow and grow. Now it can become the largest esportin the world. (3 minutes read)
- Can job descriptions give us an idea of what the future holds? Yes, they can. Read these ones from Tesla, Amazon and Nike. Are these signals of the future of work? (4 minute read)
- Starbucks dominates mobile payments. What can mobile addiction learn from caffeine addiction? (1 minute read)
- We are huge fans of sci-fi and especially its power to predict alternate futures. Enjoy the weekend learning about possible times to come with the best science fictionwriting from 2017. (3 minute read)
- Can you launch a small satellite into orbit with only a day’s notice or less from virtually anywhere in the US? The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking into it for you. Attn: The Rapid Launch Challenge. (4 minute read)
- Can we use AI to control rogue AI? DARPA is using Generative Adversarial Networksto spot fake videos and audio. (6 minute read)
- Tik Tok. 45 million downloads in the first 3 months. (2 minute read)
- Self-healing organisms? Check. (2 minute read)
“…the vastly increased access to information and knowledge we have today does not empower us or make us more cognitively autonomous. Rather, it renders us more dependent on other people’s judgments and evaluations of the information with which we are faced.”\ From “Say Goodbye to the Information Age: It’s all about reputation now.” by Gloria Origgi in Fast Company.
Food for thought
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