Volgens McKinsey zijn er momenteel 4 ontwrichtende krachten aan het werk die 3.000 maal de impact gaan hebben van de industriële revolutie.
1. Het tijdperk van extreme urbanisatieHet zwaartepunt van economische activiteit en dynamiek verschuift naar opkomende markten zoals China en met name naar de grote steden binnen deze markten. Deze opkomende markten bevinden zich gelijktijdig in een industriële en urbane revolutie.2. Een steeds snellere technologische veranderingDe omvang, reikwijdte en economische impact van technologische veranderingen zijn steeds groter.3. De uitdagingen van een vergrijzende wereldDe menselijke bevolking wordt steeds ouder. Geboortecijfers lopen terug en de wereldbevolking vergrijst in een drastisch tempo. 4. Handel, personen, finance en data: Een grotere interconnectiviteitDe laatste ontwrichtende factor is de mate waarin de wereld tegenwoordig verbonden is door handel en stromen van kapitaal, informatie en personen.
This can't be the end of human evolution. We have to go someplace else.
It's quite remarkable. It's moved people off of personal computers. Microsoft's business, while it's a huge monopoly, has stopped growing. There was this platform change. I'm fascinated to see what the next platform is going to be. It's totally up in the air, and I think that some form of augmented reality is possible and real. Is it going to be a science-fiction utopia or a science-fiction nightmare? It's going to be a little bit of both.
JOHN MARKOFF is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who covers science and technology for The New York Times. His most recent book is the forthcoming Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots.
Donya Quick, a post-doctoral researcher at Yale's Department of Computer Science, has developed "Kulitta," music composition software that is able to analyze bodies of music and produce unique compositions in the same style, a potentially useful reference and analysis tool for human composers.
Current methods for improving your mood are wildly inefficient. Recreational drugs can make you crazy, pharmaceuticals can erase your personality and damage your organs. Sugar and alcohol make you fat and depressed. Caffeine stresses you out, and cigarettes fill your lungs with death. We don't welcome these side effects, but we deal with them because these substances have the potential to alter our emotional thermostat.
It would be so much easier if we could bypass the body altogether and go straight to the source: Our brain. What if there were a better way than shoving something in our mouth, forcing it to travel all over our bloodstream, and blindly showering our brains with thousands of chemicals? What if we could, with the push of a button, make microscopic alterations of a few neurons, causing the happy chemicals to ring out in a jackpot celebration, with no side effects? Would we be ready to handle such complete control over our emotional reality?
Human beings have long been fascinated with the notion of people and machines becoming one.
Science-fiction author Philip K. Dick played with the premise of high-tech enhancements amping up our ability to process information. In his books, film adaptations for which include Blade Runner and Minority Report, he explored what it means to be human in a world where hardware fuels superhuman capabilities.
It’s easy to dismiss the fusion of technology and physiology as fantasy, but it’s no longer just science fiction fare. On the contrary, its beginnings are already underway with wearable gadgets. It’s still early in the evolution of wearables—in effect, we're in its early "toddler phase." But already, there are hundreds of devices that monitor everything from steps and sleep to blood glucose.
This emerging category of body-worn devices will become increasingly important—so much so that they will shape the story of the 21st century. I predict the following five areas, over the next few years, will see their greatest impact.
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.—With more than 65 million subscribers worldwide, online streaming service Netflix continues to disrupt TV’s historical status quo with buzzworthy hits Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards, Marvel’s Daredevil andUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Along the way there have been a few critical duds — Marco Polo and Hemlock Grove, most notably — but even those series were popular enough with Netflix subscribers to win renewals.
Now that the Uberization of everything is breaking into mainstream politics, it's time to talk about what on-demand apps such as Uber or Pager will mean for transport, health care or other aspects of modern
By Ross Dawson When I’m asked who my favorite futurists are, usually the first person who springs to mind is Buckminster Fuller. He was an extraordinary inventor, a true visionary who had a massive impact on how we think, and was way ahead of his time. You can discover more about his work from the Buckminster Fuller Institute.
Today I was looking again at some of his work, and was struck at how prescient his thinking was. Five decades ago he was talking about many of the issues that are today dominant in our considerations of the future. He brought deep and powerful insights that are exceptionally relevant to us today, not least to the future of work. His work remains powerful and useful.
I have taken a selection of quotes from his work (from WikiQuotes) below that are still highly relevant today. Let us learn from his wisdom.
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