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Viewpoint: Megatrends that will change everyone's lives

Viewpoint: Megatrends that will change everyone's lives | Modernity as a Progressive Project | Scoop.it
Companies that can spot megatrends before their rivals gain great competitive advantages.

magine a future where concerns about sustainability and the environment have given way to worries about individual health and wellbeing.

Investors would shy away from "green" solution to instead focus on so-called "smart" products and technologies, such as digital assistants - ranging from portable screens to vehicles or robots - that help individuals in their everyday lives.

These "smart" technologies can help business too, of course, as they help cement a community of four or five billion people who will be connected to each other via the internet, each and every one of them a potential customer.

As such, a technological revolution is under way, where gadgets, large and small, are changing society. And this stuff is not make-believe any more. In a decade or so, much of this will have become reality.

But how will we get there? How will society change along the way, whether at the local or the global level?

Many companies are still trying to work out how they should respond to global trends, such as the dramatic rise of China's economic and political power, or even to the need for strategic takes on issues such as e-commerce or the rise of social media.


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Why mapping the human brain matters,Today’s technology landscape would be completely altered.

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Entirely new companies may emerge, offering futuristic services such as cosmetic brain surgery or “total recall” or “the eternal sunshine of a spotless mind.

 

It turns out that President Barack Obama’s head-scratching mention of a project to map the human brain in his most recent State of the Union speech was more than just a casual comment. John Markoff of the New York Times reported this week that the White House will soon unveil a massive, multi-billion-dollar research project to map the entire human brain that will likely involve scores of scientists, foundations and government agencies. When completed, a detailed map of how the human brain works would be a staggering development in innovation — one that could lead to cures for brain-related illnesses as well as unimagined breakthroughs in artificial intelligence.

Today’s technology landscape would be completely altered.

 

Similar to the Human Genome Project to which it has already been already compared, the Brain Activity Map Project would open up the mysterious workings of what makes us human. We already know something of how the brain processes information, but thus far, we only have isolated bits and pieces. A full map would let researchers know how every neuron fires, how every thought comes into being, and how the human brain learns over time. A map would let us understand the link between thought, memory and emotion. Now, this is where things get really interesting (and possibly scary), understanding how the brain works could, perhaps, help us solve some of the greatest mysteries of our age: What is the essence of genius? Do we have a soul?

 


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What is Reality? Dr. Bruce Greyson at the United Nations

The United Nations, New York - September 11, 2008 Beyond the Mind-Body Problem: New Paradigms in the Science of Consciousness An excerpt of Bruce Greyson, MD...

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