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 I read through dozens of blogs and news websites to find those things that we should be aware of.
Top-5 Futures for November 27th: The Cyberspace Revolution features Jennifer Granick, Wall Street Journal’s Demographic 2050 Destiny, Volvo using Hololens, Tech Tats, and reprogramming the human brain.
The Lifecycle of a Revolution, Jennifer Granick
In the early days of the public internet, we believed that we were helping build something totally new, a world that would leave behind the shackles of age, of race, of gender, of class, even of law. Twenty years on, “cyberspace” looks a lot less revolutionary than it once did. Hackers have become information security professionals. Racism and sexism have proven resilient enough to thrive in the digital world. Big companies are getting even bigger, and the decisions corporations not just governments make about security, privacy, and free speech affect hundreds of thousands, or millions, of people. Centralization, Regulation, and Globalization are the key words, and over the next twenty years, we’ll see these forces change digital networks and information security as we know it today. So where does that leave security, openness, innovation, and freedom?
Wall Street Journal’s Demographic 2050 Destiny
Microsoft, Volvo team up to sell cars using Hololens
Image via Microsoft
People who want to buy a new Volvo in the future may search for the car of their dreams by looking at holographic renderings rather than walking around a physical showroom filled with vehicles.
The Swedish car maker announced a new partnership with Microsoft this week to use the tech giant’s HoloLens augmented reality headset in order to provide a virtual showroom experience to customers. Scott Erickson, a senior director in charge of marketing on the HoloLens team, said in a blog post announcing the deal that it could allow users to examine the interior of a car, or look at its drivetrain in action.
Temp tech tattoos can monitor your health and location
Chaotic Moon has developed a technology called “Tech Tats.” They are stick-on tattoos that contain electronic components, including a microcontroller and LED lights. Company CEO Ben Lamm called them “the new wearable” and thinks that they can be a more permanent version of Fitbit and other fitness trackers.
Tech Tats could detect if you’re stressed, monitor your body temp, blood pressure and heart rate, and then transmit all those data through their electroconductive paint.
Can The Human Brain Be Reprogrammed?
What if you could flip a switch to change someone’s behavior? The key may lie in reprogramming neurons.
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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.