WFS Panel: What If the Future Needs Us?
Conscious-TechnologyConscious-Technology
Mystics & TechnocratsMystics & Technocrat...
Humans becoming
cyborgs
1985
2000
2015
2030
Conscious-TechnologyConscious-Technology
Built environment
becoming intelligen...
Simplification/Generalization of History
and an Alternative Future
Age /
Element Product Power Wealth Place War Time
Agric...
Ifthen Nano-
technology
Synthetic
Biology
Internet of
Things
AI and
Robotics
Conscious-
Technology
Augmented
Reality
Nano-...
1. Regulations are impossible: drives research underground;
regulators cannot keep up with advances; best you can do is
ed...
Collective and Individual Intelligence
How to Increase Individual Intelligence
(or Mental Performance)
1. Responding to feedback
2. Consistency of love, diversit...
Global Overviews Needed
Improving integration and synergies among…
Collective Intelligence
Collective Intelligence
• It emerges from the integration
and synergies among
• data/info/knowledge
• software/hardware
• ...
An Application of Collective Intelligence:
Global Futures Intelligence System at www.themp.org
Executive Summary
Chapter 1 – 15 Global Challenges
Chapter 2 – Hidden Hunger
Chapter 3 – Coast Zones
Chapter 4 – Lone Wolf...
25 Years from Now:
What will be emerging? And from what?
What is the first thinking? And what does the
second think about that?
?????????????
For further information:
Jerome.Glenn@
Millennium-Project.org
202-686-5179
StateoftheFuture.org
themp.org
Global Futures
I...
If time…
32 Seeds of the Future of Arts,
Media, and Entertainment
Cross-Impact
these 32
seeds to see
what new
creative
industries a...
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What If the Future Needs Us?

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“The future doesn’t need us,” Bill Joy said in his famous 2001 WIRED article. He warned us of the threats posed by advanced technologies, and suggested we should slow down their advancement. Many today agree with Joy. The evolution of our knowledge about nature and the evolution of nature itself have come to a historic crossroads, others claim. It took billions of years for nature to produce our universe, a planet called Earth and a living species able to ask questions and create answers. It took humans just decades to develop a technology to bring our collective knowledge back to life deep within the brains of super computers and show it on the screens of Ipads and smart phones. With digital technology, an astonishing transformation is taking place right in front of our eyes. Since the Big Bang, nature has been the sole creator of the future. Until humans came along and unraveled nature’s tricks, enough so to take away its monopoly, and bring us to the most important crossroads in the history of our universe.

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What If the Future Needs Us?

  1. 1. WFS Panel: What If the Future Needs Us? Conscious-TechnologyConscious-Technology Mystics & TechnocratsMystics & Technocrats Jerome C. Glenn The Millennium Project
  2. 2. Humans becoming cyborgs 1985 2000 2015 2030 Conscious-TechnologyConscious-Technology Built environment becoming intelligent When the distinction between these two trends becomes blurred, we will have reached the Post-Information Age Quality? Merging Mystic attitudes and Technocratic knowledge
  3. 3. Simplification/Generalization of History and an Alternative Future Age / Element Product Power Wealth Place War Time Agricultural Extraction Food/Res Religion Land Earth/Res Location Cyclical Industrial Machine Nation- State Capital Factory Resources Linear Information Info/serv Corporation Access Office Perception Flexible Conscious- Technology Linkage Individual Being Motion Identity Invented
  4. 4. Ifthen Nano- technology Synthetic Biology Internet of Things AI and Robotics Conscious- Technology Augmented Reality Nano- technology xxx         Synthetic Biology xxx         Internet of Things     xxx       AI and Robotics       xxx     Conscious- Technology         xxx   Augmented Reality           xxx Emerging Technologies Table
  5. 5. 1. Regulations are impossible: drives research underground; regulators cannot keep up with advances; best you can do is educate and train scientists in ethics and self-manage risks. 2. Regulations are necessary: Scale of potential dangers are too great and global not to regulate; requires global systems to assess risks; design regulations and enforce agreements 3. Potential resolution: How Create S&T Collective Intelligence System by a new International S&T Organization (ISTO) to expose all insights in real-time Controlling S&T Risks?
  6. 6. Collective and Individual Intelligence
  7. 7. How to Increase Individual Intelligence (or Mental Performance) 1. Responding to feedback 2. Consistency of love, diversity of environment 3. Nutrition 4. Reasoning exercises 5. Believing it is possible (placebo effect) 6. Contact with intelligent people or via VR simulations 7. Software systems and gaming 8. Neuro-pharmacology (enhanced brain chemistry) 9. Memes on classroom walls and else where, for example: intelligence is sexy 10. Low stress, stimulating environments, with certain music, color, fragrances improves concentration and performance 11. Longer term: • Reverse engineering the brain • Applied Epigenetics and genetic engineering • Designer microbes to eat the plaque on neurons
  8. 8. Global Overviews Needed
  9. 9. Improving integration and synergies among… Collective Intelligence
  10. 10. Collective Intelligence • It emerges from the integration and synergies among • data/info/knowledge • software/hardware • experts and others with insight • that continually learns from feedback • to produce just in time knowledge for better decisions • than these elements acting alone.
  11. 11. An Application of Collective Intelligence: Global Futures Intelligence System at www.themp.org
  12. 12. Executive Summary Chapter 1 – 15 Global Challenges Chapter 2 – Hidden Hunger Chapter 3 – Coast Zones Chapter 4 – Lone Wolf and SIMAD Chapter 5 – Global Futures Intelligence System 256 Pages Available at Moogfest $39.95
  13. 13. 25 Years from Now: What will be emerging? And from what?
  14. 14. What is the first thinking? And what does the second think about that? ?????????????
  15. 15. For further information: Jerome.Glenn@ Millennium-Project.org 202-686-5179 StateoftheFuture.org themp.org Global Futures Intelligence System
  16. 16. If time…
  17. 17. 32 Seeds of the Future of Arts, Media, and Entertainment Cross-Impact these 32 seeds to see what new creative industries are possible

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