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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …