Treasures in our own backyard

When we look to the future, the first thing that comes to mind is a tech-driven world where things work better, faster, and more efficiently. The future is better than today, except we humans are still running it, with all our flaws and virtues.

Photo by JJ Ying on Unsplash

It’s easy to fall in love with the power tech to improve our lives. But, we often forget that real power lies in the ability of humans to learn, adapt and invent.

Sometimes, the greatest treasures are buried right under our noses, and, to truly understand our futures, we need to look closer to our humanity – to our virtues and our-soon-to-be-redesigned flaws.

 

What’s changing: Thursday, August 16th, 2018

  • Facial recognition has given way to a new type of art: Camouflage makeup design (3 min read)
  • A fascinating book about why humans like to gather, meet and bond. The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker (320 pages)
  • Learning has never been easier or faster. Use these hacks to do it quicker (5 min read)
  • You don’t have to be a mathematician to put this equation to good use. It promises to make us better at absolutely everything (5 min read)
  • Few could have guessed that the filters on our favorite social photo apps will push people to do this (6 min read)
  • We are just getting started with blockchain. Some ideas are just awesome (2 min read)
  • Alexa is becoming your best parenting partner. And, there’s little anyone can do about it (6 min read)

 

Mental energizer

Since women today are more educated than men, Lyngsø believes representation of women in the workforce will gradually increase from the current 46% to gender parity in the 2030s and a 53% share of employment in the 22nd century.

From “The Future is Female” in Fast Company

 

Food for thought (?)

CTNNBI, LRP5, ESPA1, ABC11

These are four of the 40 type of genes that will need to be enhanced in humans to help us survive in Mars. ESPA1 allows us to live with less oxygen (like Tibetans monks) and ABC 11 is for low-odor production (it gets stinky after a few months in space).

 

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

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