The Futurist Channel
I read recently that the same exponential technological explosion human beings have experienced over the last 10,000 years is going to be replayed in front of our very eyes over the next 100 years.
Yes, take a minute for that statement to sink in. It couldn’t possibly be true could it? I don’t really want to believe this has even the slightest micron of truth in it, but when the emotions subside and you look at the facts, then it may very well be an accurate prediction. Even if it is out by 100% it is still shocking, especially considering most people struggle to get to grips with the technology they are already surrounded with.
So while we think what we have around us today is all very good and very clever, it’s really just a basic flintstone. A tool on which unimaginable change is about to/could happen. Is the Internet today as good as a rudimentary flintstone of 10,000 years ago? Definitely not, maybe, possibly, probably …… definitely …… time will tell, and everyone’s story and final chapter could be very different, very different indeed.
As someone who has been in IT for over 20 years now, pains and pleasures are developing within myself as to where we are going, how we will get there and critically, just how many of us will get there in a balanced, comfortable and happy way.
This channel represents the personal views of myself, Elliot Charles. It is a place to share my thoughts and discuss what some of the technologies are which are available today that may be moving us rapidly forward into the future, one small step at a time. Where possible it will bear relevance to 1.3 Creative customers, products and services, trying to get us all feeling balanced, comfortable and happy not only in the future, but today and tomorrow and maybe even the next day.
Ripe For Disruption – Agriculture and Transportation
In this article, we will cover Peter Diamandis’s thoughts on how sensors and robotics will disrupt a multitude of billion-dollar industries.
It’s important to note that a lot of the exponential change we face as a society is being enabled by the explosion of sensors (and we are very much at the early stages of this change, note the opening statement of this article). We forget that we are heading towards a trillion-sensor global ecosystem. Cheap, powerful, microscopic sensors are ubiquitously entering every aspect of our lives, allowing us (and our robots) to know anything we want, anywhere, anytime.
So we will start our channel on agriculture and transportation. In part as I have a deep curiosity in Aquaponics and a growing curiosity about fully autonomous cars, which will become autonomous tractors, trucks, trains and …… tuc-tucs?
What Is A Futurist?
A professional futurist is a person who studies the future in order to help people understand, anticipate, prepare for and gain advantage from coming changes. It is not the goal of a futurist to predict what will happen in the future. The futurist uses foresight to describe what could happen in the future and, in some cases, what should happen in the future.
Most people use some sort of foresight all the time – something as simple as listening to the weather forecast to prepare for the next day. A professional futurist uses formal methods to develop descriptions of possible futures. The output of a futures study may include the driving forces, assumptions, evidence or indicators of the futures. A futurist is more likely to say how or why a future could appear rather than to say what the future will be.
One of the founding principles of the field of futures studies is the idea of personal and organizational choice. Although the future is unknown, a person can identify possibilities, select the most favourable outcomes and attempt to influence events to create a desired future.
By considering systems and human agency, futurists help identify choices that affect the future, for ourselves and future generations. – The Association of Professional Futurists
“The Runner” by Kostas Varotsos (1988)
Peter H. Diamandis (born May 20, 1961) is a Greek-American engineer, physician, and entrepreneur best known for being the founder and chairman of the X Prize Foundation, the co-founder and executive chairman of Singularity University and the co-author of the New York Times bestsellers Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think and BOLD: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World. He is also the former CEO and co-founder of the Zero Gravity Corporation, the co-founder and vice chairman of Space Adventures Ltd., the founder and chairman of the Rocket Racing League, the co-founder of the International Space University, the co-founder of Planetary Resources, founder of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, and vice-chairman & co-founder of Human Longevity, Inc. – wikipedia