Very thoughtful video, expertly produced by The Economist:
A couple of interesting observations about the video:
- I love how Faith describes her organization and what they do as “applied futurism”. I often use similar terminology in my day-to-day, in that I don’t just evangelize ideas, but I connect them back to actionable steps and activities. It’s that connection to the actionable that’s most interesting, because anyone can have a good idea but not everyone can connect it to what’s relevant to the audience.
- It was interesting that when she first said the future of humanity is robotic, I was a bit repulsed. But then she described how we use our phones and if we go a little further we merge with them. After being repulsed I realized that it’s true. ‘Merge” is a great word for the health elements of what we’re capturing these days, and what we hope to do from a health perspective. It’s no different than putting a digital monitor on a car to capture analytics of the driver’s performance. I chucked when she then said something like “sometimes you tell people the future, and they get angry”. Yeah, I’m not too happy about merging with my computer, but I sure would like to be able to get a new spine as she uses as an example (mine is painfully arthritic).
In a world where we are robotically enhanced, API’s become even more important. Imagine an API to our own bodies, or our own life experiences.
Disclosure: My wife works for Faith, and I’m absolutely enamored by the work they’re both doing. It’s good stuff.