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I’ve been writing a series called “The Next Fifty Years” based on my readings in a book by the same title. Recently, I delivered a speech on the topic of how to think about the future. I suggested three windows through which we could peer into possible tomorrows: the trajectory of trends, the nature and history of humankind, and human initiative.
John Holland, Professor of psychology, computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, offers, in his Chapter titled “What Is to Come and How to Predict It”, that technological change is easier to predict than social change. An interesting paradox given that technology changes so quickly and human nature creeps along throughout the millenia with barely any change at all.
Within fifty years, Holland sugests, we will have achieved a computer/ webcam/ global positioner/ with a “star wars” style 3D projection display. God, I love the future.
It will also become technologically possible to track the movements, the detailed movements, of any individual. In other words, we’ll be able to track your movements. Perhaps I should no longer sign off with “see you in the mystic” and change instead to “see you everywhere at all times”.
How will being “seen” at all times change who we become? What do you think?
see you in the mystic…
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