Seattle Interactive Conference: Beyond 2020 The Shape of Things to Come


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Glen Hiemstra, Founder and CEO of, speaks to 2013 Seattle Interactive tech conference. Glen takes us over the horizon into the world of the future. Let’s imagine that the issues of transparency, privacy, data security, openness and information ownership have been solved more or less satisfactorily by 2020. Beyond that, what are the possibilities? How about a world of 3D hyperconnectivity, where the concept of online and offline have effectively disappeared. A world where the merging of information technology, nanotechnology, biotechnology, robotics and cognitive sciences can bring us to the edge of a new age. If, and it is a big if, we can leverage these technologies and the social and political landscape to solve the great challenges of energy, sustainability, and income disparity. Are we ready to build a preferred future?

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Seattle Interactive Conference: Beyond 2020 The Shape of Things to Come

  1. 1. what is your image of the future?
  2. 2. transparency
  3. 3. the future creates the present…
  4. 4. technology acceleration
  5. 5. • technology acceleration for what • sustainability? • energy? • economic disparity?
  6. 6. connectivity | convergence | 3D nano | bio | info | cogno | robo
  7. 7. full-on networked society
  8. 8. ...test  is  “168  +mes   faster,  26,000  +mes  less   expensive,  and  over  400   +mes  more  sensi+ve   than  the  current   standard.”  It  costs  $0.03   per  test  and  takes  five   minutes.  The  test  could   also  poten+ally  be  used   to  diagnose  ovarian  and   lung  cancer,  both  of   which  also  produce   abnormal  levels  of   mesothelin. hIp://­‐year-­‐old-­‐jack-­‐andraka-­‐invents-­‐innova+ve-­‐cancer-­‐test-­‐using-­‐google-­‐search/
  9. 9. really smart coming on fast
  10. 10. In the next 20 years PC’s will be replaced by millions of tiny intelligent systems embedded in our clothes, jewelry, cars, furniture, and walls. They will recognize voice commands and carry out simple wishes. They will cost less than a penny, less than scrap paper, so companies which do not put chips [intelligence] in all their products will be at a severe disadvantage. Michio Kaku
  11. 11. Game Changers
  12. 12. world’s first bitcoin atm in vancouver bc Jackson Warren (left) and Mitchell Demeter examine the Robocoin. Photo: David Ryder/WIRED
  13. 13. every internet device is a publishing tool once on the internet, information lasts forever public access to information includes the customers, employees & the boss
  14. 14. brands are built and can be destroyed increasingly outside our control Original  Source:    This  Fluid  World
  15. 15. digital natives digital immigrants Marc Prensky originated “digital native” term and this list u F TURIST•com
  16. 16. people of the screen do not accept old limitations... Based  on:  Gerd  Leonhard
  17. 17. bring your own brain Original  Source:    Stowe  Boyd
  18. 18. gamification
  19. 19. the end of massvertising
  20. 20. median age of native-born Latinos is 18  median age all Latinos is 27 vs. 42 for non-Hispanic whites in U.S.  67,000 U.S. Latinos turn 18 each month, (93% are citizens)  40% of U.S. population growth 2013-2030 will be Hispanic (77% of growth will be minorities) 
  21. 21. sustainability: opportunity or demand?
  22. 22. the canary
  23. 23. sustainability | resilience
  24. 24. energy innovation to 2050  Sustainable electricity for all by 2030   Shift 2 billion cars from 30 mpg to 120 mpg by 2050.  Decrease driving for 2 billion cars in half  Develop Zero-emission vehicles    From Robert Socolow, Princeton, Amory Lovins, RMI  Increase efficiency of new appliances and buildings to achieve Zero-carbon emissions, resulting in 25% total reduction by 2050. Add 3 million 1-megawatt windmills globally, 75 times current capacity. Add 3000 gigawatts of peak solar photovoltaic, 1000 times current capacity. No net new net coal power plants Success with CCUS?
  25. 25. 10 seconds of sun = 1 day of all humanity’s energy use
  26. 26. There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible. Henry Ford
  27. 27. hIp://­‐inequality-­‐poverty/
  28. 28. knowledge value economy it’s what a product or service - or person knows
  29. 29. what is your image of the future?
  30. 30. the future is something we do the future is not something that just happens to us
  31. 31. thank you for your time for more information