Riding Shotgun with Autonomous Vehicles

by Rohit Talwar and Alexandra Whittington Bold predictions and skeptical challenges abound regarding the speed with which autonomous vehicles could emerge. The evangelists believe we could see a rapid evolution from ‘level 1’ function specific automation of tasks - such as stability control - through to ‘level 4’ fully self-driving vehicles. Indeed, in early 2017 …

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Democratization of Work

by Thomas Geuken The structure of work is being redefined. Work will entail a greater degree of individual empowerment and accountability within the next ten years. A cluster of three trend will reshape our future workstyles by mimicking, Intrapreneurs: Intrapreneurship is the act of behaving like an entrepreneur while working within a large organisation. Self-directed …

Silicon Valley is Fueling the Push for Global Governance and the End of The Nation-State

by Benjamin Stecher Mark Zuckerberg recently published a 6000 word manifesto of his vision for the future. He starts with: “History is the story of how we’ve learned to come together in ever greater numbers — from tribes to cities to nations. At each step, we built social infrastructure like communities, media and governments to …

Values of Gamification

by Nick Price Facing a challenging business environment we, as futures consultants and futures thinkers, look for novel ways to change. A contemporary approach is gamification, the use of rules and motivations from the world of play in the workplace. Gamification is more than a process or work style however, it can be a changer …

State of the World in 2050

by Ian Pearson Some things are getting better, some worse. 2050 will be neither dystopian nor utopian. A balance of good and bad not unlike today, but with different goods and bads, and slightly better overall. Health We will have cost-effective and widespread cures or control for most cancers, heart disease, diabetes, dementia and most other …

The 5 Most Important People Shaping Our Future

by Benjamin Stecher Demis Hassabis Head of Google Deepmind. The development of Artificial Intelligence will likely have the largest impact on our future and the team at Deepmind spearheaded by Demis seem to be the closest to getting to genuine AI. Elon Musk SpaceX, Tesla, OpenAI, Solar City, Gigafactories, Hyperloop, colonizing mars, autonomous vehicles, beaming …

Experiencing the Future

by Joe Tankersley One of the biggest barriers to creating better tomorrows is our inability to experience the future, today. Even the best strategic foresight project will ultimately encounter this problem. In its simplest form, even the most robust intellectual analysis of preferred futures lacks one of the key components for inspiring action. Without a visceral sense …

Space 4.0 and the Future of Commercial Spaceflight

by Ciro Borriello Humanity’s past and future are deeply intertwined with exploration. During hard times, the bravest ventures have always pushed the bar of progress a little higher. Consciousness and curiosity have walked hand in hand and the magnetic attraction towards the unknown has guided history and led to those peak achievements of our civilization. …

Will AI help determine the future of families?

by Alexandra Whittington Agricultural societies had large families with many children; industrialization introduced the nuclear family. Are we beginning to experience the first stage impacts of a new technological revolution on family structures? The world’s human population should reach about 10 billion by 2050. Despite the implied growth of around a third from roughly 7.5 …

Educational System Flaws and the Finnish Silent Revolution

by Ciro Borriello Stop for a second and try to remember your time at school. You will soon recognize that the most precious part of your memories lies in the human relationships with your classmates and teachers. Notions and raw information are easily left behind. Now, think of the new generations of digital natives, living …

How Much is your Online Data Worth?

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by Ciro Borriello The attack started on 12 May 2017. Within a few hours it spread across 150 countries, infecting over 230,000 computers. The scale reached by the ransomware WannaCry represents a significant breakthrough in the history of hacking, bringing the computers of public and private sector networks, ranging from the British National Health Service to Spain’s …

The Dawn of Artificial Personality: Data Analytics and Election Engineering

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by Ciro Borriello It is spring 2016 in Cambridge. I am sitting in the front row at an unusual lesson about Big Data Analytics held by Dr. David Stillwell, a young lecturer at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. His voice is calm and plain, but what he is telling us is fascinating. His research …