Future Trends: Virtual Drugs, Internet Magick, and Simulations

Posted By on June 3, 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: Virtual Drugs and Internet Magick, and Simulations we look at the trends that we should be aware of today, June 3rd, 2016.

#HoloLens – LSrD – A spatial mapping visualizer

Virtual drugs?

Tobias Revell – The Internet of Damned Things

Tobias Revell, artist, designer, co-founder of Haunted Machines, exploring myth, magic and hauntings in our relationship with technology.

In this first talk of the closing session Making Sense of Technology at Lift16, Tobias Revell looks into our emotional relationship with technology, what we expect of it and how realistic (or not) it is.

From magic to horror, take a journey through the history of technology and humankind!

Via Lift Conference

Elon Musk believes we are probably characters in some advanced civilization’s video game

Via Vox

Windows Holographic: Enabling a World of Mixed Reality

Via Recode

Google’s Eric Schmidt says it’s time to ignore petty politics and focus on “transformative” tech

“The country is full of smart people, right?” Schmidt said. “The American model got us through the last 30 years. Compared to other models, I’ll take ours. But we need to focus on it. We need to agree, roughly, on what these projects are.”

What kinds of problems and projects is he talking about? Well, the examples he offered included the 3D printing of buildings and using your own stem cells to grow new body parts when they’re needed. More broadly, he said he’s seeing an “incredible revolution in medicine and this incredible revolution that’s going on in knowledge.”

The challenge, Schmidt said, is that we’re spending “all our time arguing about political issues that are ultimately not that important,” while “not doing enough things that are transformative.”

“We’ve gone from an era where we thought about solving problems that were very, very big,” he said. “We now define them as problems of special interests. Everyone’s guilty. I’m not making a particular political point here.”


Via TechCrunch


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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