When I tell people that I'm a technology futurist and a philosopher, the first thing they ask is "what's a technology futurist?"
I usually reply that I use current scientific research to imagine how we will live in the future. The very next question is always "So what are your top predictions for our future?"
I have talked extensively about my forecasts for the future but I have never written down a list of my top future forecasts until now. New years day seems like the perfect moment. These are my top 5 future forecasts for the World from 2014-2040.
Futurologist James Martin has been found dead at the age of 79 in the waters of the Great Sound near his Agar's Island home.
Star Trek Into Darkness: Eye candy for the amygdala. Yes, this is another Hollywood blockbuster depicting a dystopian future with big explosions and small innovations. However, the first ten minutes are worth the price of the ticket. I was pleasantly surprised to see J.J. Abrams using the Ancient Aliens theory and a huge wink to author Zecharia Sitchin's work in the opening scene located on the fictional (depending on who you ask) world of Nibiru.
Interconnection in the future is unavoidable and undeniable. A new film called Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview offers a fresh perspective on the future of human experience. What I love about this film is that it challenges us to think about personal responsibility and interconnection. Instead of blaming an outside source for our problems this movie challenges us to look at ourselves and to our interconnection as a source of change.
EEG headsets (Electroencephalography) work by collecting electrical activity from the scalp. They measure voltage fluctuations resulting from ionic current flows within the brain and use this electrical activity to communicate with your computer, apps and other devices.
I had the good fortune to attend The World Technology Summit and Awards 2012. This year's event was held at the Time - Life Building in NYC on October 22nd and 23rd. The conference started with a welcoming remark from Damian Slattery, Executive Director of Integrated Marketing at Time Magazine. Slattery pointed out that “TIME is not a magazine, it is a dashboard." He was highlighting how companies and organizations are changing and morphing into complex platforms with new digital extensions. These extensions include web, social, smartphone apps and new technologies that are multilayered.
We assume that what we taste, smell, feel and see in our world are all "real'' experiences. However, physicists are now saying that we may be able to find proof that we are really living inside a simulation. This unbelievable theory is not a new concept. The Matrix, Plato's Allegory of the Cave , The Brain in a Vat Theory, and the Simulacra and Simulation are just a few examples of this theory told from different perspectives.
Planned obsolescence has caused an enormous amount of damage to our environment around the world.
From plastics floating "islands" in our seas, to mountains of discarded computers and cell phones. E-waste has become a huge 21st-century issue and it will only continue if we do not do something to stop it.
As we say goodbye to Endeavour and look to the future of space travel in the US and around the world, we wanted to take a moment to admire the futurist concepts that inspired NASA's space shuttle program.
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March 26, 2015 - When we think of NASA these days we have an impression of an agency that has lost its way for a number of reasons. One is budgetary constraints with NASA receiving little in the way of net new money from the federal government to initiate new programs.
March 25, 2015 - In the last two weeks climatologists and oceanographers reported the outcome of two studies, one focused on glaciers in the Antarctic, the other on ocean circulation patterns and trends. In both cases the news was disturbing.
Antarctic Glaciers Destabilizing
March 24, 2015 - Watch the video put out by Magic Leap and you get a sense of where augmented virtual reality is taking us. This Florida start up has gotten some very big companies interested in its potential led by Google and Qualcomm.
March 23, 2015 - Yesterday was World Water Day. This day, mandated by the United Nations, is meant to focus on the importance of freshwater to humanity. The truth of course is with our human population continuing to grow and freshwater a finite resource, we are heading for a crisis of our own making.
March 22, 2015 - Our drive north from Florida has ended and now it's time to get back to the last throes of winter here in Toronto. Today as I walked my dog, Maya, we heard the sound of Redwing Blackbirds in the local park. The males were staking out territory at treetop level. So this may mean a real spring is not far from breaking out here in the Great White North. It will be most welcome.
All my friends know that I have a problem with the F-word.
"Uploading" and The Turing Con
Counting on general ignorance, insensitivity, and ineptitude to get away with the substitution of a counterfeit is, in plain terms, fraud.