Learning about the future
By spending time with 15 futurists and thought leaders, we’re learnt so much about the future. So, we’ve put together some of their most insightful comments on select topics and remixed them into bite-sized videos. All of us need a bit of a break from the doom and gloom of 2020, it feels like we are living through the most boring apocalypse imaginable (or is that just us locked down here in Melbourne, Australia?). We know you’ll feel so much more informed after watching these 5 minute episodes, and hopefully you’ll gain new inspiration for the world we’re going to live in too. You can dive into AI and robots, mental heath and even the future of equality, right here on this page. Learning about the future is essential as we move beyond 2020, because no one wants a repeat of this year.
Learning about the future: Will robots take my job?
According to a famous Oxford study that was released in 2013, around 50% of jobs are at risk of being automated and taken over by robots by 2020. Well we’ve made it, and while 2020 has brought a lot of change and uncertainty, that prediction hasn’t been completely fulfilled.
It’s true that technological advancements can mean that certain jobs will be less needed in the future, yet that doesn’t necessarily indicate that entire industries will be abolished. Yes, it’s very likely that technology will change how we work, where we work and the hours we work, but humans are also endlessly creative at finding new ways to stay relevant. Some futurists have mused that if we allow automation to take over the more simple and mundane tasks, human workers will have the time to learn more stimulating and complex skills. Sounds interesting. But will this impact our health?
In this quick fire episode, we capture all the best AI insights from our Futurists World guests. Be prepared to question your perception of work life balance, but we promise it’s not all doom and gloom.
Settle in and watch as Mike Hill chats with Gerd Leonhard, Dom Price, Jamais Cascio, Thimon de Jong, Rob Grenfell and Narjis Hilale, and asks: Will robots take my job?
Learning about the future: Is gender equality really possible?
Gender equality feels like a topic that’s been both over-explored and not spoken about nearly enough. So what does gender equality actually mean, and when will we finally achieve it?
A 2018 study by the World Economic Forum revealed that at the current rate of change, true gender equality wouldn’t really be evident until 2126. Yes, you read that correctly. A 106 year wait for women to close the global gender gap. What’s even more astonishing is that economic gender parity might be even further away – a whopping 200 years in fact.
Fortunately, feminist and futurist Shivani Gopal is on a mission to bring that prediction forward to as early as 2050 (although, we do hope it might actually be a bit sooner).
Today, it’s estimated that women have only three-quarters of economic rights of men. Even the word’s most gender-equal countries continue to hold girls and women back due to tired gender norms and expectations. So, how do we move forward?
As always, and especially now, we must be looking to the future. On this episode of Futurists World, our guests give their expert opinions on why gender equality is still a way off, while also offering guidance on how it can be achieved. It’s a rallying cry for a more inclusive and equal future. Because the advancement of women advances the whole of society.
Please join Mike Hill as he chats with Shivani Gopal, Narjis Hilale, Dom Price, Katherine Boiciuc and Aarathi Krishnan as they contemplate the future of gender equality, and if girls will really run the world one day.
Learning about the future: Is mental health getting better or worse?
Wearable tech that measures emotions. Digital systems that detect how you’re feeling from the sound of your voice. Technology is set to have an enormous impact on our psychological wellbeing, which has us wondering: is mental health getting better or worse?
In 2020, people are taking a much more active role in their mental heath than ever before. We’ve finally moved away from the archaic perception of mental illness and acknowledged that our brains can become sick, just like any other organ. Psychologists and mental health researchers have started to explore how technology can assist in mental health care, with machines now affording a data-driven approach to psychiatry.
Modern mental health care might mean tools that give us greater insight into someone’s brain function. Which can in turn identify the likelihood of that person developing depression, anxiety, or even dementia.
Of course, we need to remain mindful that these are only tools that must work in partnership with human touch and interaction. Smart devices will allow clinicians to enhance the mental health of their patients, which will help those patients deal with life’s inevitable challenges and curve balls. However, individuals will still need to take some personal liability for their general well-being, won’t they? As Dr Robert Puff says, only we can prevent ourselves from having an “awesome life, no matter how dire our situation is”.
So If bad days are just as much our responsibility as good days, and if emotional AI is really coming, will mental health become something we only need to prevent rather than cure? If you’re feeling in the dark, this latest episode from Futurists World brings together the brightest discussions on mental health and happiness. Watch on as Dom Price, Thimon de Jong, Dr Rob Grenfell and Dr Robert Puff talk the future of mental health.
Learning about the future: Is the education system outdated?
Is our education system outdated? We’re sure this is something you’ve considered from time to time.
While our world has changed dramatically over the past century, our basic schooling model has remained the same. The education system we know was actually designed for factory workers –which is probably why futurists Dom Price thinks it “ smells and looks like a factory.”
Putting 20, sometimes even 30, children around the same age into a classroom with a single teacher, sounds foolish when you say it out loud. But it’s a model we’ve come to know and expect, Of course, there have been endless calls to rethink our education system, and in 2020, due to the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve no doubt witnessed the largest disruption to the system in history. According to the UN, nearly 1.6 billion learners across 190 countries and continents have been impacted by the pandemic.
Teachers, parents, children and governments have grappled with the shift to online learning and the best ways to approach education in a socially distanced world. The massive efforts made to upend the classroom has helped to remind all of us that change is truly possible.
So, is now the time to overhaul our education system entirely? Many of our Futurists World guests think so. In this episode, Dom Price, Jack Delosa, Narjis Hilare and Gerd Leonhard question the future of learning and highlight the changes that are needed – now.
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Learning about the future: 15 visions
What will society look like in 30 years? Or even 10 years? With the world changing faster than ever before, how on earth is anyone meant to answer that question?
As we face multiple and overlapping threats to our civilisation – climate change, algorithms and a global pandemic to name just a few – it’s no surprise the future can feel a little overwhelming or even foreboding at times.
What does the future hold for our health system? And the homes we live in? What about technology, equality and education? It would be easy to roll out the clichés, like flying cars or frequent trips to space, but what if it’s not that exciting. What if it’s a world we still recognise, just one that’s a bit smarter and more automated and hopefully filled with more empathy too. There will no doubt be new innovations that will completely change us, others we may not even notice at all.
Part of the reason we created the Futurists World series was to unpick the hopes thought-leaders with far-reaching experiences and different world views have for the future. So in this episode, we’ve weaved together a few of their greatest visions. Some you might see coming, while others could knock you sideways – the future, as they say, is unpredictable.
Watch closely as 15 futurists reveal what they think the future might look like.
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