Who owns your future?

Today is a fascinating time to think about tomorrow!

Many people watched and read about Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s two-day visit to the US congress, where he was required to answer some pretty bad questions about privacy, user data, and data collection.

These issues have become some of the most pressing ethical questions of our generation (and the most ignored by users). This leads us to consider if it’s right for companies to sell user data for profit at all.

On one hand, promoters of progress view the positive impact all this accumulated knowledge from Google, facebook, Netflix, Amazon, or yelp could have on the future with optimistic eyes.

On the other, people like Jaron Lanier argues that, “…in an automated world, information is more important to the economy than manual labour, and yet we are expected to surrender information generated by or about ourselves — a valuable resource — for free.”

The implicit theme is whomever controls (and benefits) from data, owns the world (and the future).

The question we ask this week is ‘who owns the future?’ It all depends on which future we create. The future evangelized by the promoters of “the new capitalism” or one where the future will be driven by virtuous humans driven by “courage, justice, prudence and temperance” — as Aristotle defined ethics — rather than by algorithms and AI.

What’s changing: Friday, April 13th, 2018

Mental Energizer

“The quality of our relationships is what determines the quality of our lives.” From Esther Perel keynote “The Future of Love, Lust and Listening” at SXSW 2018

Food for thought

Green UX

You’ll never look at the internet the same again.


Curated with curiosity by Iñaki Escudero, Future Activist @inakiescudero