But just because we can’t predict the future, it doesn’t mean we should sit around and wait for it to happen. We can study the signals, ask searching questions, and prepare ourselves for the endlessly fascinating, completely unpredictable, and ever-surprising future that lies ahead of us.
“Good questioning helps us learn, explore the unknown and adapt to change,” wrote Warren Berger, author of “A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas”.
Let’s explore some searching questions about the future…
What’s changing: Thursday, February 8th, 2018
- Can 3D printing be used to reproduce human organs? Actually, yes! It’s called bioprinting and we soon will be able to print a working heart using the patient’s’ own cells.
- When will autonomous AI will take over? A new study by PwC predicts three waves. The last one, which is expected to take place around the mid-2030s, will impact 30% of jobs in the UK.
- How do we manage our kids screen time? Take this quiz and find out the best strategy to fit your parenting style. Bear in mind that the odds are against you.
- Whose data is it anyway? It turns out that all the sensors and data used by autonomous vehicles will be available for anybody who requests them — including the police. Understandably, insurance companies are salivating at the prospect. Will we one day all work from home? “Hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings in the office,” are important, sure, but the biggest challenge could be updating managers with a 21st-century leadership style.
“I’ve been in consumer electronics for 30 years now and for 25 of those forecasting was done with [human] judgment, a spreadsheet, and some velcro balls and darts,” says David Limp, Amazon’s VP of devices and services in an interview with WIRED magazine. “Our error rates are significantly down since we’ve started using machine learning in our forecasts.”
Food for thought
Panpsychism is a philosophical perspective gaining popularity based around the notion that “consciousness is a fundamental feature of physical matter; every single particle in existence has an “unimaginably simple” form of consciousness… “Rocks will be conscious, spoons will be conscious, the Earth will be conscious. Any kind of aggregation gives you consciousness,” wrote David Chalmers, a philosophy of mind professor at New York University.
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Curated with curiosity by Iñaki Escudero, Future Activist @inakiescudero