|The emerging future ?ten defining questions|
Rohit Talwar ?CEO
While history may have seen periods of more intense and far-reaching change, the majority of the planet have not lived through the scale of disruption, reinvention and creation that the decade ahead is likely to bring. So, as we embrace the spirit of Future Day, here are ten questions which I think we should all be asking ourselves as we seek to map a future for ourselves, our families, our organisations, our communities and our nations.
1. Human purpose ?We stand on the brink of an era where technological developments such as artificial intelligence could bring about an end to the societal organisational notions of work and jobs that have been the dominant paradigms for many centuries. We are also seeing the increasing blurring of the boundary between humans and machines with many arguing that transhumanism is the next stage in evolution and that dramatic increases in life expectancy could mean death becomes a choice not an inevitable outcome. At the same time, conflicts around the globe are driving people from their homelands and rendering them little more than reported statistics. Hence, this is an ideal time to stand back and ask ourselves what we believe the purpose and status of humanity should be in a fast-changing world and what our own individual contributions might be to that higher goal?
2. Value perception ?Different versions of capitalism remain the governing economic system for most people on the planet. The emergence of exponentially improving innovations such as artificial intelligence, driverless vehicles, 3D printing, laboratory grown meat, vertical farming, and hyperloop transportation could drive the shift from scarcity to abundance thinking and take us closer to the 멣tar Trek?economy. In such a world, would the power of money as a governing indicator be diminished, would its acquisition and accumulation be less of a driving pursuit and status guide, and what might we start to place greater attention on as true measures on human progress, contribution and sustainability?
3. The art of education ?Education systems around the world are being criticised for failing to prepare people of all ages to survive and thrive in the emerging world. Many suggest the solution lies in technology and internet delivery. However, does this miss the vital social roles of schooling and how can we reconceive the nature of education and its delivery models to truly equip and update children and adults alike for a world where capacities such as collaboration, negotiation, empathy, communication, innovation, problem solving, and scenario thinking will be increasingly critical for each citizen?
4. Crafting community Many see our world increasingly defined more by what divides us than unites us. Differences in wealth, income, technology, social media, ethnicity, educational attainment, religion, gender, and political persuasion are all cited as factors reducing the power of community. In a world where we could soon be facing an enforced increase in leisure time and a growing number of tension points, what workable models of community building should we be adopting to provide both the fabric and the glue to hold and support society through an era of massive upheaval?
5. Choice How can we extend true notions of access to choose and the capacity to compare options and make appropriate decisions beyond the 1-2 billion in the global middle class for whom it is a reality today?
6. Femininity As many organisations adapt more machine-like personas and hand greater agency and decision making authority to technology, how can we retain the key feminine traits that define and differentiate us? How can we ensure that crucial feminine factors such as culture, connection, serendipity, empathy, and compassion don뭪 get downplayed or lost completely in the pursuit of machine like efficiency?