I am an acclaimed technologist, and I spend a lot of time thinking about the changes of society, as technology evolves at an exponential growth. It’s a rather meta subject, some people call it science fiction - I think it is humans using technology to supercharge evolution - and it’s happening right now!
Being a positivist, I believe we, the people, can influence our own future. In order to react to the coming changes, I believe that there is a need for our society in general, to understand the technological evolvement.
Mission: Educate the people on the technological evolution
We live in a world, where democracy is the governing rule of law. This means that we the people, elect the leaders that shape the directions of society. Though change can come from bottoms up, I think the consequences will not come from the bottom - nor the top - but from the side and impacting everything.
My viewpoint is that we need to understand the consequences of these radical changes, whereby we can then elect the leaders, that can make the best out of an evolution that feels inevitable - and use it to influence society in a positive way. If used for good, the positive possibilities are endless.
If we don’t understand technological evolution and it¨s nature of being exponential, we can’t act on the consequences… If we don’t react, well then I am very skeptic about the consequences for our society in general. For jobs, national security, our public safety net (that we in Denmark are so proud off), and more. In my mind, the negative consequences are very hard to grasp - which is why I choose to take a positive viewpoint.
The media has a responsibility!
In regards to educating the people, I think the media has an important role. Unfortunately, the media don’t seem to be interested (maybe understand?) in the subject. Maybe they think the people find technology and change boring - maybe they think it is to hard to communicate or grasp? But hey, media, wake up! The technological evolution has changed your industry forever - just as it did to entertainment in general. Why don¨t you start to discuss WHY that happened - and why that will happen to everything - including the health sector, education, transport etc etc.
I know I am opiniated, and I know that I probably my self need to take some action on the subject. I am still thinking about how I can make the best positive impact.. which would take a discussion, if you want to know what I think.
Some inspiration on the subject, explained in Ted Videos:
About the change
Eddie Obeng: Smart failure for a fast-changing world (inspiring and fun!)
About the consequences
Andrew McAfee: Are droids taking our jobs? (robots will take jobs)
About exponential technological exponential evolution
Ray Kurzweil: The accelerating power of technology (the video is already 7 years old - a lot of change has happened since then - one of them being Ray Kurtzveil now joined Google, to make the Ultimate AI Brain (AI = Artificial Intelligence = Computer thinking for themselves = Lesser needs for us to think = How will that impact work?)
ABOUT THE VIDEO BELOW:
It was created when the Danish investor Lars Tvede wrote the book “Supertrends: Winning Investment Strategies for the Coming Decades" - a book about coming up with investment strategies, on how investors can use the technological evolution, to create financial winning. I unfortunately don’t believe that we can rely on capitalism to fix the flaws of the technological evolution - capitalism is one of the main reasons TO the technology evolution - which is why I look at political leadership, and thereby "public education", to meet the comings - and elect our leaders.