Explore what’s going on outside your bubble
But what if we venture beyond the frontiers of our known territory and explore what’s going on outside our bubble? What if we explore the future we’ll actually experience but never saw coming? Until now, that is.
What’s changing: Thursday, August 30th, 2018
- The world is in a state of constant change and there’s nobody better to remind us of its complexity than the late Swedish statistician Hans Rosling. “Factfulness” is an essential read to understand our path to the future (341 pages)
- A pocket-size HIV test in emerging markets is a matter of life or death. (4 min read)
- Chinese smartphone maker Huawei just took Apple’s second spot in global smartphone sales (2 min read)
- This is how the world will eat in the year 2038. Goodbye obesity, hello nono robots! (7 min read)
- When landing in Istanbul, Turkey, you’ll be met by a friendly robot: Nely (6 min read)
- In Canada, a hotel is adding to their bill both honesty and transparency. Imagine that! (1 min read, or a weekend?)
- Science fiction is the best remedy for future blindness. And these are the best science fiction stories of 2018 (many hours read)
- Japan wants to lead the flying car revolution (2 min read)
- Robots are helping out at libraries in Australia (3 min read)
- Alibaba, the Chinese Amazon (and much more) deserves a deep dive (8 min read)
“The second assumption this chart makes is that the total cost of production increases as supply increases. … Software doesn’t work like this. Microsoft might spend a lot of money to develop the first unit of a new program, but every unit after that is virtually free to produce.”
Why it matters: “The portion of the world’s economy that doesn’t fit the old model just keeps getting larger.”
From “Bill Gates: Pay Attention To This Trend” in Axios
Food for thought
This “condition” represents an abnormal state of mental activity that results from the constant bombardment of digital input.
You can learn more about this global pandemic in Douglas Rushkoff’s “Present Shock”
This week’s exploration of possible futures was curated with curiosity by Iñaki Escudero, Future Activist.
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