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6 min read · 2019-12-19 · Let nobody tell you that the second decade of the 21st century has been a bad time. We are living through the greatest improvement in human living standards in history. Extreme poverty has fallen…
4 min read · Mar 16th · We need to design a system that embraces this technological future and taxes the assets that will make up most of the value in that world–companies and land–in order to fairly distribute some of the…
A great future isn’t complicated: we need technology to create more wealth, and policy to fairly distribute it. Everything necessary will be cheap, and everyone will have enough money to be able to afford it.
The world will change so rapidly and drastically that an equally drastic change in policy will be needed to distribute this wealth and enable more people to pursue the life they want.
On a zoomed-out time scale, technological progress follows an exponential curve.
8 min read · Jun 3rd · Computers are increasingly guiding decisions about elder care – and tracking everything from toilet visits to whether someone has bathed
Welcome to caregiving in the 2020s: in rich societies, computers are guiding decisions about elder care, driven by a shortage of caregivers, an ageing population, and families wanting their seniors to stay in their own homes longer.
The systems use everything from motion sensors to cameras to even Lidar, a type of laser scanning used by self-driving cars, to monitor spaces. Others monitor individuals using wearables.
~14 min read · 2020-06-23 · We asked our 2020 intake of Technology Pioneers for their views on how technology will change the world in the next five years. Here are their predictions.
We asked our 2020 intake of Technology Pioneers for their views on how technology will change the world in the next five years. From quantum computers and 5G in action to managing cancer chronically, here are their predictions for our near-term future.
1. AI-optimized manufacturing Paper and pencil tracking, luck, significant global travel and opaque supply chains are part of today’s status quo, resulting in large amounts of wasted energy, materials and time. Accelerated in part by the long-term shutdown of international and regional travel by COVID-19, companies that design and build products will rapidly adopt cloud-based technologies to aggregate, intelligently transform, and contextually present product and process data from manufacturing lines throughout their supply chains. By 2025, this ubiquitous stream of data and the intelligent algorithms crunching it will enable manufacturing lines to continuously optimize towards higher levels of output and product quality – reducing overall waste in manufacturing by up to 50%. As a result, we will enjoy higher quality products, produced faster, at lower cost to our pocketbooks and the environment. Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, CEO and Founder of Instrumental
2. A far-reaching energy transformation In 2025, carbon footprints will be viewed as socially unacceptable, much like drink driving is today. The COVID-19 pandemic will have focused the public’s attention on the need to take action to deal with threats to our way of life, our health and our future. Public attention will drive government policy and behavioural changes, with carbon footprints becoming a subject of worldwide scrutiny. Individuals, companies and countries will seek the quickest and most affordable ways to achieve net-zero – the elimination of their carbon footprint. The creation of a sustainable, net-zero future will be built through a far-reaching energy transformation that significantly reduces the world’s carbon emissions, and through the emergence of a massive carbon management industry that captures, utilizes and eliminates carbon dioxide. We’ll see a diversity of new technologies aimed at both reducing and removing the world’s emissions – unleashing a wave of innovation to compare with the industrial and digital Revolutions of the past. Steve Oldham, CEO of Carbon Engineering
10 min read · From 2018 · Most people associate former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger with old-school political realism. In a new essay in The Atlantic, however, he strays from his usual foreign policy expertise to warn about a novel threat that has remained below the radar of most international relations experts: the rise of artificial intelligence. Although his article betrays that Kissinger is treading on new territory, his conclusion about the social implications of intelligent machines are worth considering. getAbstract recommends familiarizing yourself with Kissinger’s concerns.