According to The New York Times study "Happiness Is Other People," solid social relationships are the strongest predictors of happy lives. They are necessary for happiness regardless of race, age, gender, income, or other social factor.
As we develop new technology, achieve incredible scientific discoveries, and improve every metric in the quality of life measuring stick, are we happier today than we were 15 years ago?
And can we expect to be happier in the future?
"The paradox of our time" is a popular text from 1999 that captures this feeling perfectly:
"We have more degrees, but less sense; More knowledge, but less judgment; More experts, but more problems; More medicine, but less wellness. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life; We've added years to life, not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. We've conquered outer space, but not inner space."
These updates are a vehicle for us to share our belief in possible futures, and the notion that each of us has the power to define and create the future.
We want to share with you a few ideas and projects that people are creating that could bring forward a positive future. And some that need our attention now --- before they get really out of hand.
What's changing: Friday, January 26th, 2018
Cardboard is the best toy for kids. Our kids spend way too much time with technology and this project from Nintendo is bringing back the power of cardboard imagination.
A 14-year-old girl creates app that helps Alzheimer's patients recognize their loved ones.
Machine learning can help refugees relocate to the optimal place for them to find a job.
A new device can diagnose 13 different medical conditions.
Microhomes will help ease overcrowded cities like Hong Kong.
The surge of fintech startups in Africa --- a region where just 17% of the population has a bank account.
Britain has appointed a minister of loneliness.
"Sleep is the price we pay for learning"
Giulio Tononi, a psychiatry professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison - 7 Mysteries we still haven't solved on Futurism.
Find somewhere quiet, grab a pen and paper, and set a timer for five minutes. During this time, reflect on the following question:
What can you do to influence the development of possible futures in your life or in your work?
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Food for thought
Curated with curiosity by Iñaki Escudero, Future Activist @inakiescudero