Life on Mars

by Steven Ruff I consider myself a Martian, at least virtually. I’m actually a Mars geologist, a scientist who applies knowledge of Earth geology to explore Mars geology. But for three months in 2004, I and a few hundred other Earthbound explorers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory got as close to being Martians as humanly …

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Children shouldn’t learn to code – Ultimately, machines will be better

by Tom Hulme "Deep machine learning will likely automate the writing of code relatively quickly. Creativity is going to be far more important in a future where software can code better than we can". If you want to bring up a kid to be a successful investor or entrepreneur, the current education system says they …

Space Exploration Facts & Fictions

by Lawrence Dritsas Exploration comprises all kinds of interesting activities and resources, but two are absolutely required: people and money. Every aspect of a successful expedition—relevant technology, supporting institutions, transport logistics, effective methods of observation, and effective communication systems—requires human labor and financial capital. The goals of exploration are equally various, but can be reduced …

Expanding our Solution Space: How can we build an Inclusive Future

by Deji Bryce Olukotun In early 2016, a 14-year-old email scam resurfaced about an astronaut from Nigeria who was lost in space. The premise of the scam, which had been updated for Facebook, was that the astronaut had been left behind on a secret Soviet space station during the Cold War, and his family needed …

What the Starman’s Crazy Journey Stands for

by Ciro Borriello Planet Earth rapidly shrinking behind and unfiltered sunlight beating on the spotless Roadster’s sunshield, as Starman sits back relaxed and ready for the adventure. On Tuesday, Feb. 6th 2018 at 3:45 PM ET, Falcon Heavy successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Only the Saturn V moon …

The Future of Space Colonization

by William K. Storey Modern science fiction stories are grounded in contemporary skepticism about politics as well as concern about public-private partnerships and for the future of Earth’s environment. These plausible fictions about the colonization of space resonate with U.S. and world history, in that they extend ideas about technology, business, and migration that are …

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 …

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 Spring 2016 in Cambridge. I am sitting in the front row at the 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 is fascinating. His research team has recently …