In the January-February 2013 (Vol. 47, No. 1) Issue of THE FUTURIST
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The physical world restricts us to one identity, social role and self. Tomorrow, technology will enable multiple identities and lives. Digital identities can provide levels of privacy, multiple incomes, global lifestyles and challenge death with life expansion (rather than life extension). It will soon be possible to outgrow societal and physical world limits with several exciting lives.
A few weeks ago Peter Diamandis' XPrize sent me an email asking if I was interested in applying to be an XPrize Vanguard. Being a big believer in the concept of awarding prizes to solve technology challenges, I said yes and filled in an application. I was contacted a few days later and told to attend an online web conference call on September 14th.
The year is 2027 and Winston, a newly born house-bot charged with doing a number of domestic chores including cleaning, meal prep, laundry, and building maintenance, has been programmed to not only perform the work, but also restock supplies once they reach a certain level.
In order to try and help understand how marijuana legalization might be done more safely and effectively, look to alcohol regulation policies in Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Utah.
For the past week or so there has been a lively ongoing argument in a LinkedIn Group about the chicken and the egg. Well it's not about chickens and eggs, it's about which global problem is real and which is not. One side argues that climate change and carbon emissions represent the most pressing problem the planet faces.
Another icon passed away at the end of July. I cannot recall a year in which so many colleagues and friends have passed on, Warren Bennis being the most recent. Warren did for leadership what Peter Drucker did for management.
No part of our highly technological economy today is free of being rethought by applying automation in the form of robots. In the past I have written about the use of field robots in agriculture. But these were largely university projects still in the laboratory. But now a new company in Minnesota is turning laboratory experiments into a commercial agricultural robot aimed at corn farmers. The company has created Rowbot, designed as a automated fertilizing machine for now but with plenty more applications to come.
On two sides of the planet, two countries describe approaches to dealing with a consequence of climate change - rising sea levels. One has unveiled a multi-decade plan to counter this coastal threat. The other isn't even acknowledging the issue and instead an independent, not-for-profit, crowd-funded group is issuing independent findings.