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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What Do We Need to Know to Make a Future We'll Really Want to Be In?

Technology 101: What Do We Need To Know About The Future We’re Creating?

Howard Rheingold | June 17, 2014

[...]Are we awake to the world we’re building, or are we, as an old Sufi saying goes, merely asleep in life’s waiting room?
The petroleum economy, nuclear power, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, lasers, organ transplants, telephone and television and personal computer networks — today’s technologies have put staggering amounts of power into the hands of billions of people. More power is on its way in the next several decades, as present scientific knowledge drives future technological capability. Do we know what to do with the powers over matter, mind, and life that tomorrow’s technologies will grant us?


<more at; related links: (Creating the Future. [About: Our Mission. Creating the Future envisions communities where people are living well, individually and collectively. We know such a future is possible, simply because it is not impossible. To accomplish that, our 10 year mission is to change the questions embedded in the day-to-day work of individuals and organizations, so everyone naturally brings out the best in each other and in our world. Our Theory of Change. Creating a world where people are living well, individually and collectively is not a matter of finding the next innovative action; it is a matter of rethinking the assumptions that go into those actions. If we want a world that celebrates the power and collective resource that we, as a planet, all share (vs. assumptions of scarcity); a world where we bring out the best in each other (vs. suspect and compete with each other) and aim for what is possible (vs. react to what’s wrong) – those assumptions must be built into our actions.] and (To create the future we want, we need more moonshots. The O'Reilly Radar Podcast: Tim O'Reilly and Astro Teller talk about technology and society, and the importance of moonshots. July 2, 2015)>

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