Future Trends: Unbiased Robot Bosses and Holoportation

Posted By on April 1, 2016

Each week Nikolas Badminton, Futurist Speaker, summarizes the top-5 future looking developments and news items that I find to be inspiring, interesting, concerning, or downright strange. Each day he reads through dozens of blogs and news websites to find those things that we should be aware of.

In Future Trends: Unbiased Robot Bosses and Holoportation we look at the trends that we should be aware of today, April 1st, 2016.

A Third of Young Canadians Would Prefer a Robot Boss

(Human) bosses suck.

They’re a necessary evil of society and they exist for one reason: to make you work. But there are good bosses and bad bosses. At their best, bosses fulfill their function without frustrating you too much, but at their worst, they’ll steal your wages and pass you over because they’re racist as hell—whether you work for a massive company or a mom and pop operation doesn’t make much of a difference here.

It’s no wonder that so many young Canadians would rather a computer program do the job—31 percent, to be exact, according to a new survey of more than two thousand Canadian adults by Vancouver-based consulting firm Intensions.

“Cognitive bias, which is a very human condition, can make our jobs quite tough,” said Nikolas Badminton, a Canadian futurist and biohacker who helped write the survey questions. “Some people, like HR people and managers, kind of need to get out of the way so a better job can get done.”

Via VICE Motherboard

Hololens Holoportation: Virtual 3D Teleportation in Real-time

Via Microsoft Hololens

Do Americans Really Move To Canada Because Of Politics?

Every election, there’s that chorus of people who insist they are moving to Canada if candidate so-and-so wins. Everyone knows these people. They’re tweeting andGoogling about it as you read this. One Nova Scotia island is even specifically appealing to the anti-Trump crowd.


The ‘twitchy’ future of Augmented Reality with Kharis O’Connell

Via The Modern Futures Podcast

Fridge-sized machine makes prescription drugs ‘on demand’

Scientists have created a compact machine that can churn out thousands of doses of prescription medication in a day—putting the capabilities of a drug-manufacturing plant into a device the size of a kitchen refrigerator.

Experts said the advance could eventually allow on-the-spot drug production in special circumstances—on the battlefield, during epidemics, after natural disasters, or in cases where a drug is needed for a rare medical condition, for instance.

The research, detailed in the April 1 issue of Science, took a new approach to producing prescription drugs—which, right now, is often an inefficient, time-consuming process.

Chemical engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) used so-called “flow technology” to develop a compact machine that can automatically turn raw materials into a finished pharmaceutical-grade medication.

Via MedicalXpress

See the last 4 week’s Future Trends articles here:


Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe. Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.


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