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2068 - South Devon and Plymouth "Inquiry" Future Challenges - The Alternative UK

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A provocation at the South Devon and Plymouth "Inquiry" stage of the Alterantive UK's collaboratory process in the area, Sat 13th October, 2018

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2068 - South Devon and Plymouth "Inquiry" Future Challenges - The Alternative UK

  1. 1. Take yourself 50 years into the future…. 2068 What’s possible? How can you imagine responding to it? [1968 – 50 years ago - not that long away…]
  2. 2. 2068: We will be surrounded by robots who can do most of the physical labours we now can do And by “artificial intelligences” who can do all of the routines and services around knowledge that humans now can do So what will we do?
  3. 3. 2068: Can we imagine a much better life for ourselves if so many of our boring, routine labours are doable by machines? Imagine if we focused on what machines can’t do, and what humans can do – love, care, create, play, relate, be compassionate Will these be the jobs of the future?
  4. 4. 2068: Will we still be surrendering our data to big companies like Facebook and Google (be slaves like the Matrix…) Or will we have asserted our digital rights, and be profiting directly from these patterns of information?
  5. 5. 2068: We will be able to shape human biology so that we live another 50, 100 years, in a healthy state And also be able to design our babies as we wish them-- smarter and stronger, wiser and calmer. Will we choose to? Or not?
  6. 6. 2068: Although many of us would not want to go against nature, who wouldn’t want to avoid all the current illnesses of old age? How could we use our accumulated wisdom – if old age was not defined by frailty?
  7. 7. 2068: However successful we are in the next 50 years in turning the climate crisis around, we will have had to go through a deep adaptation to a more volatile world. But in what ways will that give us more connection to each other, our environment, the quality of our lives?

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