You're probably getting tired of hearing that robots will take your jobs (and, ugh, ours) in the future over and over again. But, here's the deal:perhaps it's necessary keep repeating it so it sinks in, because there's a huge chance that it'll actually happen. The video after the break explains how the event mirrors the industrial revolution, when machines replaced a lot of manual laborers. See, those robots that are supposed to put us all out of jobs are already here: some of them (general-purpose robots, like Baxter in the image above) still need quite a lot of work, but others such as driverless cars are really close to deployment. Even white-collar workers, creatives and professionals aren't safe now that more and more sophisticated software and hardware emerge, including IBM's Watson, which can diagnose patients like a doctor. We're like horses, says video creator CGP Grey, horses that were replaced by automobiles back in the day.
In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers revived a debate I’d had with futurist Ray Kurzweil in 2012 about the jobless future.He echoed the words of Peter Diamandis, who says we are moving to an era of abundance.
Weet je nog, dat verhaal over die blinde kinderen die dankzij de 3D-printer objecten kunnen voelen? Ge-wel-dig! Maar wat er nu aan komt, is van een heel ander niveau. Bollebozen hebben is uitgevonden waarmee blinde en slechtziende mensen gedrukte teksten...
"20 years from now we'll look back and say, 'Well, nothing really happened in the last 20 years,'" predicts founding Wired editor Kevin Kelly.
1.Robots are going to make lots of things.
2. Tracking and surveillance are only going to get more prevalent, but they may move toward "coveillance" so that we can control who's monitoring us and what they're monitoring.
3. Everything really will be about "big data.
4. Asking the right questions will become more valuable than finding answers.
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
The most intriguing idea for me is: "In a certain sense what becomes really valuable in a world running under Google's reign are great questions, and that means that for a long time humans will be better at than machines. Machines are for answers. Humans are for questions."
Thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a woman who doesn't want to get pregnant could soon implant a matchstick-sized, wireless chip under her arm, stomach or butt and be "on the pill" for years — 16 years, to be exact.
The device dispenses a day's worth of levonorgestrel, the same hormone used in several types of birth control pills, some IUDs and Plan B, via tiny reservoirs inside. The reservoirs open and close using a minuscule electric current from a battery tucked inside the chip. If a woman using the device decides she's ready to get pregnant, all she has to do is flip a tiny switch on a remote control.
In the past, countries were defined by a distinct geographical area and the people who lived there.
The Internet is dramatically increasing our awareness of the events and actions of those in charge, as well what’s happening in other countries around the world.
When a wealthy person like Roger Ver renounces his citizenship in favor of St. Kitt and becomes a citizen of the world, millions of people around the world take notice.
Every country on the planet is about to undergo heightened levels of scrutiny, both internally and externally as our awareness grows. This will, in turn, force governments to rethink virtually every system, process, and strategy as it relate to their citizens.
As awareness grows, counties will soon find it necessary to compete for their citizens, something they’ve always taken for granted in the past.
Let's face it, the Robot Apocalypse is near. Just a few days ago, we met A.L.O Botlr, a robot from the high-tech Aloft Hotel in Cupertino, California Naturally, the food industry, as important as it is, couldn't stay behind, so here's where a new restaurant in China comes in. Simply called Robot Restaurant, the place, located in Kunshan, China, has over a dozen androids in its staff. Some of them are waiters, others cook and a couple greet customers as they come in
Robots will write stories that read as if they were written by a human. Kris Hammond is chief scientist and co-founder of Narrative Science, a company wit an artificial intelligence product called Quill that can turn data into stories that read as if they were written by a human.
People have become uncomfortable being alone with their own thoughts. Most Android users check their phones 150 times a day, according to Google. Wearable. A well-publicized study led by Timothy Wilson, a professor of psychology at University of Virginia, reached a “shocking” conclusion. People have become so uncomfortable being alone with their own thoughts that many would prefer giving themselves small electric shocks to being “bored.”
There is a broader conclusion that can be drawn from these experiments that raises questions about the goals of our technological progress. The great power of technology is abstraction, and yet our ability for abstract thought is being undermined by the constant intrusions of digital technology in our mental processes. This is not just a trivial concern. The use of mobile devices among younger and younger children may have serious unintended consequences for the ability of future generations to make use of our rapidly increasing computational capabilities. iPads are being rapidly deployed in middle and high schools, but the results, in my own experience, are not encouraging. Increased game and social media usage seem to be much more prevalent than engagement in the more complex cognitive processes that digital technology are supposed to enable.
Much like dropping a rock into still water and watching the ripples form in every direction, situational futuring begins with a central idea, which grows into a series of rippling thoughts, issues, and questions expanding in every direction.
Unlike the study of macro or megatrends, situational futuring is a micro-futuring process that begins with a single invention, tiny idea, or what-if condition and expands from there.
The process begins with an initial scenario and asking some of the standard who-what-when-where-how-and-why questions. Probing deeper, questions formulated around things like timing, monetary implications, disruptive effects, symbiotic partners, who-wins-who-loses, wild cards, policy changes, and strange bedfellows will help expand your thinking even further.
This works particularly well in a brainstorming environment where thoughts and ideas can be quickly sketched out, described, or clarified so more can be added.
Inside these moments of micro-futuring is where the real treasures live. Companies wishing to expand their product line, service agencies seeking to streamline their processes, or design engineers wishing to gain a new perspective will all find this to be a valuable tool.