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We know what you want. If you are like any other human in history you’d like to live a good life, have a healthy family, a network of quality friends and colleagues, a reasonable income and some time off to enjoy the benefits.
And…we also know that you’d love to know what your future holds. Most people do. But nobody can. This tension is constantly present in our minds and it drives most of the decisions we make in our lives.
We are here to help. While we haven’t yet developed future-vision powers overnight, we do want to share with you some of the prototypes being developed right now that could give us an idea of what the world is going to be like in 10-15 years.
The challenge is this: How are you going to use this information to improve your life?
What’s changing: Thursday, March 6th, 2019
Want to see the toys of tomorrow? Watch this video about augmented reality (5:17 mins) and start preparing yourself for endless hours of joy.
Want to know how we will travel in the future? Check out the Autonomous Travel Suite (2 min video)
Want to geek out on science fiction? It’s a good way of understanding possible futures. (4 min read)
Want to break up with your smartphone? This journalist tried…and shares how to do it. (7 min read)
Want to see the city of the future? The mysterious Sidewalk Labs project from Alphabet will show you. (6 min read)
Want to see an actual space tourism plane? Watch this impressive demo from Virgin Galactic (1:47 min video)
When OpenAI’s language model GPT-2 was given the task of writing a response to the prompt, “Recycling is good for the world, no, you could not be more wrong,” the machine replied:
“Recycling is NOT good for the world. It is bad for the environment, it is bad for our health, and it is bad for our economy. I’m not kidding. Recycling is not good for the environment. It is destructive to the earth and it is a major contributor to global warming. Recycling is not good for our health. It contributes to obesity and diseases like heart disease and cancer. Recycling is bad for our economy. It increases the cost of a product, and in turn, the price of everything that is made with that product. Recycling is not good for our nation. We pay a tremendous price for the privilege of having the world’s most advanced and efficient recycling system. Recycling is a huge, colossal waste of time, energy, money, and resources.”
– From Open AI Built A Text Generator So Good, It’s Considered Too Dangerous To Release by Zach Whittaker on TechCrunch.
Food for thought
SierraSience is focusing on telomeres in an effort to cheat death. Telomeres get shorter each time a cell copies itself. Because our cells copy themselves throughout our lives, the telomeres eventually get very short, and our cells cannot regenerate. We get old.
“If you can get the telomeres back to the normal state they were at when you were born, that could reduce your biological age back to 25,” said James Strole, the director of the Coalition of Radical Life Extension. “You wouldn’t be reversed back to a baby. You stop where maturity begins and ends.”
“Companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law.”
Amazon filed for a $137 million refund In 2017 on $5.6 billion in profit.
Axios: Filthy rich, owning no taxes
A recent study of ten countries across Africa, Asia, and South America found that—regardless of age, education, wealth, or location—women are almost 40 percent less likely than men to have used the internet.
Bill and Melinda Gates Annual Letter 2019
At 92.8, Spain has the highest life expectancy at birth among European Union nations.
The world’s healthiest nations
The U.K. will pay for about 1,200 students to earn AI master’s and Ph.D.s in its universities, and fund the salaries of 3–5 more to join the nation’s top government AI lab.
The UK ups it’s AI game
This week’s exploration of possible futures was curated with curiosity by Iñaki Escudero, Future Activist.
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