Signals are everywhere, but what lies ahead? • Changes of Tomorrow

Tiny signals appear all the time. Small shifts in behavior are driven by new projects, new apps, new research or just pure happenstance.

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The pace of progress towards our possible futures is driven by millions of small events and millions of unremarkable news stories -- which slowly become part of our everyday lives.

Here are some of the 'below the radar' events happening just this week. Some will stick, and for some it's not their time... just yet.

What's changing: Thursday, May 24th, 2018

  • Fortnite continues to grow, and grow and grow. Now it can become the largest esport in the world. (3 minutes read)

  • Can job descriptions give us an idea of what the future holds? Yes, they can. Read these ones from Tesla, Amazon and Nike. Are these signals of the future of work? (4 minute read)

  • Starbucks dominates mobile payments. What can mobile addiction learn from caffeine addiction? (1 minute read)

  • We are huge fans of sci-fi and especially its power to predict alternate futures. Enjoy the weekend learning about possible times to come with the best science fiction writing from 2017. (3 minute read)

  • Can you launch a small satellite into orbit with only a day's notice or less from virtually anywhere in the US? The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking into it for you. Attn: The Rapid Launch Challenge. (4 minute read)

  • Can we use AI to control rogue AI? DARPA is using Generative Adversarial Networks to spot fake videos and audio. (6 minute read)

  • Tik Tok. 45 million downloads in the first 3 months. (2 minute read)

  • Self-healing organisms? Check. (2 minute read)

Mental Energizer

"...the vastly increased access to information and knowledge we have today does not empower us or make us more cognitively autonomous. Rather, it renders us more dependent on other people's judgments and evaluations of the information with which we are faced."\ From "Say Goodbye to the Information Age: It's all about reputation now." by Gloria Origgi in Fast Company.

Food for thought

Genetic counselors

Definition: The job of interpreting genetic-testing results for patients and advising them on whether they should get more testing or medical treatment.

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