Joseph Dickerson
@josephdickerson
A utopian future
• The future that we see in Star Trek still has
its challenges, but in general... life is good
• There’s ...
QuickTime™ and a
decompressor
are needed to see this picture.
“There will be no
hunger, there will be
no greed, and all the
children will know
how to read.”
How do we get there?
We're already on our
way...
2012 has been the greatest year in the history of
the world. Never has there been less hunger,
less disease or more prospe...
“We are locally
optimistic, and globally
pessimistic"
Abundance book
Human Nature
Technology
A base standard of living
(and the end of money?)
"Tech philanthropists"
Human Nature
A few words abut human
psychology and biases...
Some biases we all have or encounter...
Confirmation Bias
Bandwagon Effect
Negativity Bias
“If it bleeds, it leads”
We live in what some have called a “fear-based
media” world
"If utopia does come, it won't be because
human nature changes, or because some
governmental authority or alien race force...
Technology
http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-03/smooth-refreshing-seawater
A Base Standard of Living
(and the end of money?)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUwS1uAdUcI
“This generation of human beings has access to
more calories, watts, lumen-hours, square-feet,
gigabytes, megahertz, light...
Tech Philanthropists
• Smartphones
• X-Prize
• Lab-on-a-chip
Tricorders
Closing
Gene's dream
“We're just beginning. We have wonders
ahead of us. I don't see how it can be any
other way, with the way the future is go...
Making it happen
DO SOMETHING
Thank you!
Joseph Dickerson
josephdickerson.com
@josephdickerson
The human adventure is just beginning...
The human adventure is just beginning...
The human adventure is just beginning...
The human adventure is just beginning...
The human adventure is just beginning...
The human adventure is just beginning...
The human adventure is just beginning...
The human adventure is just beginning...
The human adventure is just beginning...
The human adventure is just beginning...
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  • Gene’s Dream
  • We’ll cover four topics today
  • Confirmation bias is a tendency to gravitate towards materials and information that reinforces your personal worldview. Badnwagon effect is as it sounds - people tend to align with groups that share similar thoughts, and these thoughts of the collective group influence the individual. If you are around negative people, you will tend to have negative thoughts. Negativity bias is a tendency to give more credit and weight to bad news and less credibility to good news. “Things are getting worse!”
  • When you see all the negative news in the world, you think that there can never be peace in our time... Yet, murders are down, worldwide hunger is way down, standards of living are higher.
  • Want to become more optimistic? Then spend three weeks reading only tech news. Want to think the world is going to hell in a handbasket? Watch nothing but political news...
  • http://www.space.com/6656-star-trek-utopia.html
  • Lockheed Martin has developed technology that filters and purifys seawater with no electricity and a simple filter. This is HUGE in the third world.
  • Norman Ernest Borlaug was an American agronomist, humanitarian and Nobel laureate who has been called "the father of the Green Revolution" and "The Man Who Saved A Billion Lives"
  • Lab on a chip can do 50 medical tests with a few drops of blood
  • Computers are getting cheaper and faster. Raspberry Pi is $25. We are entering a century that there is a real possibility that computers can be wearable and embedded into clothing. Computers could be eventually be manufactured cheaper than it costs to make LEGO blocks!
  • In the next few years replicators can change the game - it will disrupt manufacturing, healthcare and lots more industries.
  • Video of statistician Hans Rosling talking at the TED conference - He has a slight accent
  • Will we ever see the end of money? The necessities of life are becoming cheap and accessible to allWe may never see the “end” of money, but with an increasing base standard of living we may lose the need to work to just “pay our bills”...And instead apply our time to have opportunities to grow and “better ourselves”... just like on Star Trek.
  • Microloans and micropayments are allowing entrepeneurs and small businesses in thirdworld countries to make a huge difference in people’s lives.
  • Gene’s Dream
  • Air and Space Museum
  • Shooting model of the Enterprise
  • Lobby Congress, invest in kickstarter campaigns, support startup companies, contribute to microfinancing to help raise the standards of living. Make the effort. Make the future REAL. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
  • http://triviumquadrivium.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/how-do-we-get-to-star-trek-earth/
  • The human adventure is just beginning...

    1. 1. Joseph Dickerson @josephdickerson
    2. 2. A utopian future • The future that we see in Star Trek still has its challenges, but in general... life is good • There’s no poverty or hunger • Countries (and worlds) coexist in peace • Diversity is celebrated
    3. 3. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
    4. 4. “There will be no hunger, there will be no greed, and all the children will know how to read.”
    5. 5. How do we get there? We're already on our way...
    6. 6. 2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world. Never has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity... people are being lifted out of poverty at the fastest rate ever recorded. The death toll inflicted by war and natural disasters is also mercifully low. We are living in a golden age. The Spectator Magazine, Dec. 2012 The Spectator Magazine, Dec. 2012 The Spectator Magazine, Dec. 2012
    7. 7. “We are locally optimistic, and globally pessimistic"
    8. 8. Abundance book
    9. 9. Human Nature Technology A base standard of living (and the end of money?) "Tech philanthropists"
    10. 10. Human Nature
    11. 11. A few words abut human psychology and biases...
    12. 12. Some biases we all have or encounter... Confirmation Bias Bandwagon Effect Negativity Bias
    13. 13. “If it bleeds, it leads” We live in what some have called a “fear-based media” world
    14. 14. "If utopia does come, it won't be because human nature changes, or because some governmental authority or alien race forces it upon us, but because we manage to create new social structures more conducive to satisfying human needs and values." Dennis Fox, emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Springfield
    15. 15. Technology
    16. 16. http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-03/smooth-refreshing-seawater
    17. 17. A Base Standard of Living (and the end of money?)
    18. 18. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUwS1uAdUcI
    19. 19. “This generation of human beings has access to more calories, watts, lumen-hours, square-feet, gigabytes, megahertz, light-years, nano-meters, bushels per acre, miles per gallon, food miles, air miles, and, of course, dollars than any that went before.” from Abundance
    20. 20. Tech Philanthropists
    21. 21. • Smartphones • X-Prize • Lab-on-a-chip Tricorders
    22. 22. Closing
    23. 23. Gene's dream
    24. 24. “We're just beginning. We have wonders ahead of us. I don't see how it can be any other way, with the way the future is going. We now have got a telescope up there, photographing the universe. We're inventing the next life form, the computer. We're in the midst of it. And it will happen." And it will happen." And it will happen." And it will happen."
    25. 25. Making it happen
    26. 26. DO SOMETHING
    27. 27. Thank you! Joseph Dickerson josephdickerson.com @josephdickerson

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