FUTUREwork: Garry Kasparov and ‘Augmented’ Intelligence

In 1997, Garry Kasparov, the former world champion and one of the greatest minds in Chess, was defeated in a 6-game match by Deep Blue, IBM’s chess-playing computer. Kasparov had beaten a less-robust version of Deep Blue the year before, but lost the first game, which in itself was already a portent of things to come. Since then, Kasparov has spent a considerable amount of time reflecting upon the computer era, digitisation and the rise of Artificial Intelligence. He prefers to call it Augmented’ Intelligence, however, as he has embraced the potential power of a proactive human-machine relationship as a path to a better future. Continue reading “FUTUREwork: Garry Kasparov and ‘Augmented’ Intelligence”

Deep Adaptation

Humanity is facing an “inevitable near-term social collapse due to climate change”, according to Professor Jem Bendell at the University of Cumbria in the UK. This is the theme of a paper released in July, 2018 and which has since gone viral. The paper, entitled “Deep Adaptation” argues that the future negative consequences of climate change have been underestimated both in terms of impact, as well as timing. And that a gradual adaptation to these changes will have limited benefits. A complete societal transformation is needed or the world will face “starvation, destruction, migration, disease and war”. Continue reading “Deep Adaptation”

Future of Human Well-Being

In the January issue of Nature Communications, two researchers working at McGill University in Canada and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in Spain have used a set of predictors for human well-being to project potential changes in global happiness well into the future. In the past, these predictors have often been tied to economic measurements, such as GDP, household income, unemployment and life expectancy. This new research suggests that several other, more non-material, variables have a greater correlation to human well-being than material values. These include “a relatively greater emphasis on freedom to make decisions, availability of social support, the prevalence of donating and perception of corruption”, according to the report. Continue reading “Future of Human Well-Being”

Age of Accelerations – Thomas L. Friedman

In 2016, Thomas L. Friedman published a book titled “Thank You for Being Late”. The book is a reflection on the ever increasing pace of life, the reasons why it’s happening, and how to cope (from an optimist’s point of view). Friedman postulates that mankind has entered an Age of Accelerations, dominated by the rapid shifts in technology, globalisation and the effects of Climate Change. Continue reading “Age of Accelerations – Thomas L. Friedman”

STATE Studio – Public Discourse on our Technological Future

The STATE Studio in Berlin, Germany, a newly opened science, art and innovation exhibition space, smartly timed just prior to the beginning of the Berlin Science Week, seeks to engage the public “to discover and explore the breakthrough developments that shape our future”. Continue reading “STATE Studio – Public Discourse on our Technological Future”