Insights September 25th, 2015
Each week Nikolas Badminton, Futurist, 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 September 25th – 3D Printed Fashion. This week we see designers creating collections at home with 3D printers, the debate and developments in human longevity, hijacking UBER’s surge pricing, Gilbert & George at MoMA NYC, and living your life as an experiment.
The First Fashion Collection 3D Printed at Home
Israeli designer Danit Peleg has 3D-printed an entire fashion collection at home.
The 27-year-old used only small consumer 3D printers to create her graduate collection. She created everything from red high heels to a long striped skirt. Each of these garments have been printed in small A4-size pieces and then glued together. The process is extremely time-consuming – some pieces took more than 300 hours to come to life so cost may be prohibitive now but, as she says, you could even print your clothes on demand day-by-day.
Human Longevity Inc Brad Perkins: genomics close to a breakthrough
A “supercharged” approach to human genome research could see as many health breakthroughs made in the next decade as in the previous century, says Brad Perkins, chief medical offer at Human Longevity Inc.
“I don’t have a pill” to boost human lifespan, Perkins admitted on stage at WIRED Health 2015. But he has perhaps the next best thing — data, and the means to make sense of it. Based in San Diego, Human Longevity is fixed on using genome data and analytics to develop new ways to fight age-related diseases.
Perkins says the opportunity for humanity — and Human Longevity — is the result of the convergence of four trends: the reduction in the cost of genome sequencing (from $100m per genome in 2000, to just over $1,000 in 2014), the vast improvement in computational power, the development of large-scale machine learning techniques and the wider movement of health care systems towards ‘value-based’ models. Together these trends are making it easier than ever to analyse human genomes at scale.
YACHT’s New Song Only Plays When LA’s UBER Surge Pricing Kicks in
Los Angeles has a bad reputation for traffic and Uber has a reputation for surge pricing. That’s when their prices multiply based on demand for cars.
Traffic sucks, and paying extra to sit in it is even worse. To help ease the pain, YACHT has a new song called “LA Plays Itself.” It’s all about the city, and they will play it for you when you need it most.
So every time Uber turns surge pricing on, we’ll play you the music video. And when surge pricing hits 2x, we’ll play you a remix. It’s a new kind of traffic jam. Ask your driver to turn it up.
A fun contextual way to present certain content. Definitely a great idea for the future. Imagine if the radio only played happy music in the darkest days. Mind control!
Gilbert & George: The Early Years
OK, so maybe this can’t really be seen as a forward looking thing but I truly love Gilbert & George and feel that their artworks are truly groundbreaking. They live life as ‘living sculpture’ and I feel that this is where society is starting to go. Marriages, civil partnerships, or whatever, will develop productized based qualities like these two have created.
Living Your Life As an Experiment
As part of my new residency as a Futurist on Lynda Steele’s CKNW drivetime show I spoke about how I live my life as an experiment.
Our favourite futurist Nik Badminton joins the show with his lifestyle regime…it includes a LOT of technological experimentation. Could you do it?
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.