We’re living in a time in which the landscape is changing quickly. Thanks to technology, the steady jobs that provided a living for our fathers and grandfathers no longer exist, and jobs that didn’t exist ten years ago are now providing paychecks for hundreds of thousands of people. Even the way we consume has changed in the past ten years thanks to digital streaming services and rental services like Uber and Airbnb.
But where are these technological trends taking us? How will they shape the future 10, 20, and even 30 years down the road?
Well, my guest today has written a book where he lays out his idea of what the future looks like. His name is Kevin Kelly. He’s the founding executive editor of Wired Magazine, and a former editor of Whole Earth Catalog, and he has spent his career thinking and writing about how technology, particularly the web, intersects with culture, business, and politics. In his latest book, The Inevitable, Kevin takes a look at 12 technological forces that are shaping our future and he provides a glimpse of what that future might look like.
Today on the show Kevin and I discuss the process he uses in making predictions about the future, the misconceptions he thinks people have about artificial intelligence, why people will likely own less stuff in the future, and the business opportunities that will emerge as time marches on. We also discuss the technological trends that worry Kevin the most.
If you’re looking for a roadmap to navigating the brave new world we’re entering, then you don’t want to miss this podcast.
- Kevin’s process in envisioning where technology will take our culture
- Why it’s a waste of time to try to predict specific outcomes and events
- How society is moving from products to processes and systems
- How technology forces everyone to become lifelong learners
- Why humanity shouldn’t aim for utopia, but rather protopia
- Should we be worried about artificial intelligence?
- How artificial intelligence and humans can work together
- The various types of artificial intelligence that will come to inhabit our society
- How society can deal with the laid off workers that AI will eventually create
- How constant streaming and upgrades have changed consumers’ expectations
- The problem with filtering, and why we should seek out things we disagree with
- Will curators and editors still be around the new technological economy?
- The future of screens, and how they’ll come to surround our existence (but why it might not be as bad as it sounds)
- Why it’s important to experiment with new technologies
- The future of ownership
- Some of the concerns that Kevin has about the future of technology
- How technology will actually make our world a better place
Resources/Studies/People Mentioned in Podcast
- Why and How to Become a Lifelong Learner
- The Kaizen Effect
- Amazon Echo
- Utopia is Creepy by Nicholas Carr (look for a podcast episode with him coming up later this winter)
- The Skynet
- Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk on artificial intelligence
- Centaur Chess
- The first trip made by a self-driving semi-truck — a beer run
- Reviving Blue Collar Work — even robots need to be fixed!
- Today’s Featured Wikipedia Article
The Inevitable was a fascinating and fun read that forces you to think about how you might approach the future. If you’re a business owner, you’ll definitely want to pick up a copy. Lots of fodder for potential business ideas.
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Last updated: January 9, 2017