The Future of the Entertainment Industry

by Benjamin Stecher Automation will force most people out of a job and society will eventually be forced to adopt some form of universal basic income. What then? What are people going to do when they no longer have to work? Initially it seems like a nice problem to have as it will free people to …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …