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Digital Futures: Second Internal Workshop

Internal workshop

The workshop started with an Open Space technique, invitation to all participants to bring their "morning news" proposed for discussion which the participants have voted on. From the 10 "news" 4 has been selected to be discussed in groups where participants could choose freely to rotate anytime.

In this page, 4 out of 10 VISIONS resulting from the workshop:

 

Local economy

By 2050 the tendency to globalization has turned into a tendency to localization. The principle of subsidiarity is at its heart. In political terms, subsidiarity is widely accepted as meaning that everything is best decided and implemented closest to the people who will be affected. In economical terms it means the appropriate size for industries, resilience and permeability towards innovation have reversed the economies of scale to make local much more efficient than monster factories. On the hand, some industrial productions (chips, pharmaceutics, large solar air-globes) remain global or continental (EV motor-wheels, large kite sea transport vessels, electronic instrumentation).

 

Is it really you? Artificial humanoid clones

New artificial organs for transplants are helping to have a longer and healthier life. Our heart, lungs, limbs, will be progressively replaced by artificial ones up to a point when we cou

ld even have our brains replaced. Will we achieve moving our memories and conscience to a machine? Will we be really "us"?

The science of the XXI century will be about simulation. The huge amounts of data and the complication/complexity of the models that need to handle this data will require a simulation (in some cases with super-computing) of possible and predictable outcomes. The current scientific method of exact verification will give way to a set of possible scenarios for every initial situation.

Humanoid robots are getting more and more popular, sentient robots will probably be the future with artificial beings that will have "feelings" and relate to us in different humane ways. There is also current work in creating self-replicating structures (mainly at the level of molecules) that will be creating copies of themselves autonomously. This work will soon be extended to robots and artificial-ware. Your fridge will be able to create better designs of itself and a 3D printer could replace it (personalised fabrication).

 

Energy issue solved

The basic assumption is that, by 2050, energy issue will be solved and there will be enough, safe an d clean energy in all terms, accessible and affordable for all (e.g. geothermic, thermo-nuclear fusion). This means that, by then, one will explore or invent new source of energies besides having a new model for a more efficient consumption.

 

"The King of America yesterday kindly allowed 1 minute of uncensored expression on the Supernet"

7 out of 8 TRENDS:

The main underlying issue is access to data, e.g. to the data now owned by social networks like Facebook. Whereas in an ideal world people themselves should own this data, with limited (and controlled) possibilities for governments to access it, and very restricted usage from companies, in the current world the situation appears reversed.

After the visions have been elaborated on and presented back to all participants, the participants have been invited to take one of the 4 tables with a World Cafe technique to discuss trends. Each table had 4 trends, so all together 16 trends have been offered for discussion. The 16 trends were based on the outcome of the previous workshops and identified by the Digital Futures Team. The participants in groups have decided on which trends they would like to discuss.

  • Scarcity Of Natural Resources
  • Globalisation (Including Ethics)
  • Depreciation Of Money (Governmental Monetary Policies
  • Demographics (e.g. Longer Lives, End Of Baby-boom Wave, Migration)
  • Hyperconnectivity (e.g. Internet, Pervasiveness And Ubiquity Of ICT)
  • Raise Of Digital Natives
  • Current Model Of Capitalism Is Running Out Of Steam

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Date & Time: 
Thursday, 19 April, 2012 - 09:00 to 13:00
Venue: 
Brussels
Event Type: 
workshop

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