“Therefore search and see if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity.” Albert Schweitzer
What if we all asked what we could do to invest our humanity in the future? As I’ve been reading and thinking about the future, I have began to think that it’s such a vast and complicated subject, it is difficult for most of us to envision as we go about our day-to-day lives. And yet, I believe there are changes on the horizon that we will all need to be prepared for. I have embarked on a research and writing project meant to help those of us who aren’t futurists or technology experts, to better understand the ways in which technology, and especially emerging technologies are likely to shape our future world, changing the work force, and the ways we live out our lives.
Thoughts on the future
- Looking ahead. What is the future?
- How can we help ordinary people thrive in a disrupted future world.
- How can we stimulate ideas and next generation innovation through the relentless pursuit of What If?
What I’m reading
- Futurists, Ross / Fry / McGonagle / Webb/
- Article by Yahuro
Questions I’m asking
- How is technology changing our work and our lives for better or for worse?
How could principles that iDE uses be used in developed countries to end poverty?
How can we prepare people for a likely disruption where AI, robots, take on jobs? Is there a basic human right to work that should not be handed over to AI? So that we keep people working? Is it realistic to think everyone will be able to adopt technologies, What about the gap? Those who fall behind, this creates even greater poverty. Is this part of the homeless problem (in addition to drugs, trauma, etc.) Is this the reason for the disenchanted / left behind workers? (The guy who stole the Horizon airplane and crashed it, killing himself).
Looking at technology and the job market, it is obvious we believe technology is an (or the) answer, but is it if it puts a huge percentage of the population out of work? Is there a timeline that shows how this gap will grow and how many people will be left behind?
In our quest to advance technology, are we advancing? Are we forgetting the human brain? What has technology done for humans, to prepare us for the future?
Are we changing with the technology to keep up or falling behind? There is a shorter and shorter shelf life for our careers, even in the tech world, or high demand jobs.
Are we a culture of convenience or resilience? We have gone from being a self sufficient people able to grow gardens, etc, to a dependent state where a disruption could create crisis.
Looking at health issues, overweight, where in years past we worked, physically?
Are we being distracted, living in a façade, entertained, lulled to sleep.