Futurist Scavenger Hunt
The Story So Far...
On August 22, we met in Oates Theater and the Sharpe Academic Commons to search for signals of the future. The day began with a "scavenger hunt" that asked us to look over the Pinterest page we created for signals that we:
- considered to be the most "hopeful"
- considered to be the most worrying or troubling
- considered to be the most amazing and/or mind-blowing
- thought were important but not identified on the Pinterest page
Below is a summary of what we discovered.
Most Hopeful Signals
Most Worrying Signals
Most Mind Blowing Signals
Signals Not on the Pinterest Page
Lots of Interesting Additions!
There are too many to place in individual categories, but here is a bullet-point list. Well worth looking at.
- space exploration
- polarization in such areas as economics, politics, religion, etc.
- a machine that converts plastic into petroleum
- the rising water table on the eastern seaboard: is the east coast at risk?
- 3d printing of guns
- the growth of corporate influence
- the end of gender? the rise of non-gender specific pronouns
- the decline of gps in medicine
- digital obsolescence: are we entering a digital dark age?
- HAARP: controlling the weather and its potential impact on agriculture
- few people last 20 years in the same workplace
- the movement away from technology and back to nature
- social stratification: the end of the middle class?
- mice have implanted memories: are humans next?
- public officials seem to get away with increasingly egregious transgressions
- face transplants: now just for accident victims, but will they be a way to evade biometric surveillance?
- body modifications involving invasive surgeries. is this the end of our physical integrity?
- products that are good for our bodies and the environment are expensive
- the decline of civility
- the decline of personal responsibility
- the decline of people entering the trades
- the value of knowing how to do things for one's self like changing a tire or sewing buttons
- iPad virtual worlds for preschoolers
- converting trash into fuel
- the Chronos App which tracks how you spend your days
- research on the impact that technology has on young brains
- the water selection at grocery stores
- connected cities
- too many tech signals? what about peoples?
- now that the human genome is mapped, now what?