Algorithms are showing bias without it being specifically programmed into them. Where is that bias coming from then? Is the bias coming from the present justice system? How can we use technology to uncover and address bias?
Besides making the work of a futurist more efficient, these services are helping to make futures thinking more accessible to a broader public.
In 2014 Sweden made headlines as the first nation to appoint a Minister for the Future, Kristina Persson. Unfortunately, her role only lasted for a year and a half. Sweden’s experience with long-term planning at such a high level is common. Many governments spend a few months to a year thinking about the long-term future before taking a break.
Blockchain technology is much like the internet in the mid-90s. They compare because both are complex technologies that have been poorly communicated by experts. The industry needs a good spokesperson who understands the technicalities but can also communicate with the uninitiated. Most importantly, the industry needs someone who can provide a balanced and realistic view … Continue reading The Cultural Lag of Blockchain
Writing about strategic foresight in plain language was certainly more difficult than I expected. However, I finally feel like I can write my foresight book. I have a topic, and at least five of the chapters will be based in large part on these articles--without all the disaster preparedness stuff of course. However, that book … Continue reading A Butterfly Flaps Its Wings in Asia