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News from the Future: Reskilling Society + Hacking Biology

In This Issue: Thoughts Out of Davos: Future WorkforceMedia MattersFuture Sky MachinesFuture of Biolo
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News from the Future: Reskilling Society + Hacking Biology
In This Issue:
  • Thoughts Out of Davos: Future Workforce
  • Media Matters
  • Future Sky Machines
  • Future of Biology Unleashed

Thoughts Out of Davos: Future Workforce
Automation from AI, robotics, IoT and other emerging technologies was a hot topic in Davos this week at the World Economic Forum. The most immediate concern seemed to be the future of the labor market. Will automation eliminate jobs? Will it create new ones?
The answers I hear are not mutually exclusive, the two sides miss each other by not specifying the time frame. My take: in the near term it will create jobs with a great deal of installation, customization, training, and upkeep. Long term, a massive net loss of jobs. Where the turning point comes is anyone’s guess.
But even with a mass reduction of jobs that forces a radical restructuring of society and economic systems, there will always be opportunities for skilled individuals or relevantly capable groups — which brings us to the more actionable issue: Reskilling.
We’ve had to mass re-skill our workforce at major historical turning points, but the frequency with which workforces need to re-invent themselves will be increasing exponentially along with technological innovation. Regular reskilling will become the new norm, and we better get good at it — both individually and as societies.
A thoughtful forward-thinking article from the World Economic Forum asks who will pay the massive cost of reskilling the workforce (the story looks at the U.S., but the same issues are relevant worldwide). The author looks at mass efforts for entire societies.
I’m particularly interested in more strategic efforts for any given group (or individual) that decides it wants to be prepared but doesn’t know exactly how. A new kind of education process will necessarily be at the heart of it, as the education system we have in place now was built for a world that no longer exists. I’m looking forward to exploring this further in future issues of the newsletter and on the MIND & MACHINE show. Would love to hear your thoughts now and along the journey — you can always hit reply to this newsletter to reach me.
Today Shaping Tomorrow: Media Matters
The two stories below emphasize that media matters, a lot. It matters that we have a robust journalistic field, and that we not take it for granted. And it matters that the media covers challenging new fields well — which has not always been the case with artificial intelligence (a confusing and imprecise term that we will explore deeper in future issues)…
Does Journalism Have a Future?
Future Sky Machines
Our skies will be changing, near and far…
38 Ways Drones Will Impact Society: From Fighting War To Forecasting Weather, UAVs Change Everything
Elon Musk Interview: Why the Starship Is Built of Stainless Steel
Future of Biology Unleashed
It’s been a big week in the biotech, justifying a special section with the five remarkable stories below. Any one of these is monumental on its own, but together they give a strong indication that we are rapidly gaining more control over our biology.
The Alzheimer’s potential-cure story shows progress on the thinking that this mysterious illness is actually an infection caused by gum disease spreading from the mouth. If true, this would be treatable and have a major impact on human longevity — in terms of quantity and quality of years.
The lab-grown blood vessel story and the 3D-printed spinal cord story show advances in repairing damaged bodies. In my Life Extension interview with Dr. Aubrey de Gray, he explained that the key to human longevity is not preventing damage to the body, but repairing it as you go just as you would a house or car. Along these lines, the microbot story looks into how tiny nano robots will ultimately flow through your bloodstream to deliver precise fixes where needed in the emerging field of targeted drug delivery.
And finishing the collection, three gene experts dispel the concern that an elite group of people with designed enhanced-intelligence will pull away from the rest of the population. Nevertheless, we’ll have plenty of controversial physiological enhancements to contemplate the ethics of — along with many remarkable cures and preventions in this mixed bag of CRISPR progress. On the whole, I’m super optimistic about what we can achieve with the areas covered in this news roundup…
We may finally know what causes Alzheimer’s – and how to stop it
We Can Now Grow Perfect Human Blood Vessels in a Lab
Bio-Printers Are Churning out Living Fixes to Broken Spines
Tiny Microbots Fold like Origami to Travel Through the Human Body
We won’t use CRISPR to make super-smart babies—but only because we can’t
What Twitter Said
The moon will be inhabited as an outpost for launching into deeper space, per my conversations with billionaire moonshot entrepreneur Naveen Jain and asteroid miner J.L. Galache. Here are some good things to know for your next moon trip, courtesy of MIT…
MIT Technology Review
Yes, the moon has oxygen, water, and helium-3, all of which can be used to create fuel and life support systems in space. https://t.co/fMUWxJ8LSS
8:58 PM - 25 Jan 2019
We are cracking our code.
We are cracking our code.
That’s all for this week, nice to be getting into a rhythm here. Will be combing the internet for next week!
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-August
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August Bradley (Mind & Machine)

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