Change is happening faster than we ever imagined • Changes of Tomorrow

Sometimes the future arrives faster than expected.

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When we think about the future we get excited about all the incredible things we will be able to do, in say 10 or 20 years from now. But sometimes the future arrives faster than expected and catches us by surprise.

These are some of the signals that tell us the pace of change is even faster than we ever imagined:

What's changing: Thursday, June 5th, 2018

  • You can visit a theme park where all the attractions are done in virtual reality. Welcome to the future; welcome to China. (3 min read)

  • Magnetic microbots now can deliver cells to hard-to-reach areas of the body. It sounds like mad science fiction but it's real. (4 min read)

  • In Uganda, you now have to pay a tax to use social media. No payment, no access! (3 min read)

  • Food sensors can automatically register every bite to help us monitor our eating behavior. (5 min read)

  • You can grow a veggie garden in your kitchen, even if you live in Tokyo or New York City (4 min read)

  • You can save your smartphone from breaking with an airbag. The best invention since the ice cube? (3 min read)

  • We now know where in the world we can enjoy the most freedom. Yes, you guessed it: Uzbekistan and Cambodia (2 min read)

Mental energizer

Basically, the more tools that humans have built, the more possibilities they've found for pulling the wool over other people's eyes. The internet just kind of supercharges the practice and amplifies the associated ethical concerns because deception can be carried out remotely and at vast, vast scale. Here the people lying to you don't even have to risk a twinge of personal guilt because they don't have to look into your eyes while they're doing it.

From "WTF is dark pattern design?" on TechCrunch

Food for thought

One-shot learning

An algorithm that effectively learns to recognize the characteristics in images after seeing just one example.

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