These are the products you’ll buy in the future

If you want to understand the zeitgeist of an era, look at its products. 

Photo by Hanson Robotics

What we want is what we get, and what we create is a result of our imaginations. This is why we find so much Reality TV, Fortnite is breaking every viewership and gaming record, iPhones cost over a $1000, private companies offer space tourism, and there is a job call for “cleaners” for people who spend hours moderating content online.

Our products are defined by our dreams and our nightmares, our challenges and our desires. Tomorrow will bring a new wave of products, but you can see their seeds being planted today…

What’s changing: Thursday, November 15th, 2018

  • Online data management agents. Consider this: 70,000 photos of your child will be uploaded to social media by the time she/he is 18 years old! Soon, we’ll need to start asking for help to manage all this data in a safer way. (5 min read)
  • Customized tickets. Imagine trains designed for every possible type of customer. And the Dutch are the first to experiment with it. (4 min read)
  • Age will be negotiable. Why do I have to be 40 or 61? If this man is right, age will never be the same again. (2 min read)
  • Transfer memories to bots. Here’s how we will tell stories to our great-grandchildren, protect our culture, database our memories, and live forever! (4 min read)
  • Choose a new eye at the printer bank. Bio-engineering the perfect human might be closer than we thought. (3 min read)
  • First Afrofuturism, and now Afrobeats. Africa needs to be in your radar. (4 and 9 min read)
  • Ghost restaurants. New concepts created by new economies. (2 min read)
  • “¿Dónde votar?” was Google’s top election day search. Is the US changing? (2 min read)
  • BONUS: Who will dominate voice tech? And is this the worst case scenario? (5 min + 9 min viewing)

Mental energizer

“A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic,” the cosmologist Carl Sagan once said. “It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years.”

– From “Tiny books will change the way we read” in The New York Times

Food for thought

Intuitive Eating

You can (and should) eat whatever you want. There are no good or bad foods, no points, no goal weight — no focus on weight whatsoever. The point is to eradicate all those judgments and emotional hang-ups we’ve attached to eating and learn to see food as just food again.

 

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

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