What could the future look like?
What changes are in store for society in the next 5-10 years?
How will technology shape the future?
In order to face the challenges that lie ahead, how do we need to change our thinking and our social structures?
What should government look like in an increasingly digital age?
Questions are often limited by their unexamined assumptions.
It seems to me that most of those questions are actually quite easy to answer, once one gets past the assumptions of market valuation, and the culturally accepted ideas that the future needs to be fundamentally similar to the past.
We have all the technology we need to supply an abundance of the essentials of life to everyone, but it is our addiction to the market as a valuation tool that inhibits us using that technology in the best interests of everyone.
The biggest problem we have is ignorance.
Everyone is born ignorant, and must evolve from there.
For each of us that journey starts by make simple binary distinctions, and simple assumptions.
One of the assumptions we make is that it is possible to be certain about something.
Science shows us that is not the case.
Uncertainty seems to be part of the fundamental structure of this reality we find ourselves in.
Teaching people to go beyond the simple assumptions of truth/falsity, right/wrong, is an essential first step – yet many of our societal institutions are founded fundamentally in such simple notions.
It seems that most of our current educational institutions are founded on the principle of preparing people for factory work, and not preparing people with the tools to explore their own infinite creativity in a responsible fashion.
We are taught that evolution is all about competition, nature red in tooth and claw. We are not taught that all major advances evolution are characterised by new levels of cooperation stabilised by attendant strategies to prevent cheats from taking over.
It seems clear to me that the next level in human evolution will be when we adopt cooperative strategies that ensure we provide every individual with the means and materials to do whatever they responsibly choose. Where responsibility in this sense means acknowledging that we are all dependent on each other, on the ecology, and the physical environment for our survival, and our actions need to acknowledge that reality, and mitigate any adverse effects.
Our individual freedom is essential, and so is our communal responsibility – we are a fundamentally cooperative species, hard wired for cooperation at many levels. Our educational systems have masked that reality, but not entirely removed it.
We have the potential for prosperity for all beyond anything anyone has yet experienced, and it will take something beyond any cultural norm to achieve it.