Here you will find reports and books that are too large to be referenced in the detailed content pages, or were only referenced in part, or are not available on-line.
A separate section has been allocated to forecasts of future technological developments, and the future world as projected by the authors. The forecasts may be that of an individual, an organization, or the results of a poll. Most of the projections will come true; the inaccuracies lie, as always, with the forecast date. There are two major reasons for these inaccuracies:
- A failure to allow for the accelerating rate of technological development. For example, the median response in a 2015 survey of 352 world-wide AI experts by Oxford University researchers predicted that it would take 12 years for machines to beat GO experts; in fact it took 2 years!
- A very conservative estimate, likely designed to avoid disturbing organization funding. For example, a 2016 report by Canada’s Brookfield Institute is summarized as “This report demonstrates that nearly 42 percent of the Canadian labour force is at a high risk of being impacted by automation in the next decade or two.”
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HERE ARE REPORTS THAT FORECAST THE FUTURE
72 stunning things in the future that will be common ten years from now that don’t exist today - Thomas Frey - August 2016
The futurist Thomas Frey proposes 72 things that didn’t exist in 2016, and that he expects to be common-place in 2026. It’s fascinating to count how many of them are already in existence in 2018! Click here for details.
The Talented Mr. Robot: The impact of automation on Canada’s workforce - Brookfield Institute - April 2016
Looking at how automation is transforming traditional occupations, changing the day-to-day tasks of Canadians, and potentially creating new jobs settings. Click here for details.
HERE ARE REPORTS INVOLVING IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGIES
Artificial Intelligence and life in 2030 (AI/Lifestyle Changes - 2016-09 - Stanford University)
The One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence, launched in the fall of 2014, is a long-term investigation of the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its influences on people, their communities, and society. It considers the science, engineering, and deployment of AI-enabled computing systems. Areas covered in this 1st report include Transportation, Home/Service …
HERE ARE REPORTS INVOLVING IMPACT ON INDUSTRIES
HERE ARE REPORTS INVOLVING IMPACT ON SOCIETY
Book (Page 25): 'Trump and a Post-Truth World' by Ken Wilber (UBI - 2017-08 - Amazon)
The essentially green Information Age began, with its Artificial Intelligence, to mimic how human beings think, and as such, it began producing robots that could perform many of the types of work that human beings usually did. These started out as simple manual labor jobs —inventory storage, online orders, welding, assembly line work, and such —but has increasingly been moving into more and more complex jobs, including most financial investing, payroll accounting, news copy, middle management tasks, and soon—truck-driving and all driving jobs, as well as medical diagnoses and nursing chores, even surgeries. One think tank estimated that 50 percent of present-day jobs would be taken by robots by the year 2050 (and one even estimated 47 percent of jobs by as soon as 2020). That’s a destruction of fully half of today’s jobs—and there’s no AI analyst alive that doesn’t think that’s just the beginning.
In the meantime, over the past three to four decades, the median income has remained the same, whereas the average income has significantly increased—which means, those individuals at the top of the pay scale (the so-called “1 percent”) are making a fortune, while most of the rest of the population stagnates or actually loses ground. This is another abject failure of the leading-edge to do what any leading-edge is supposed to do, which is to effectively lead, not stagnate, a culture.
(It looks like, as AI continues its inexorable advance, that within perhaps one hundred years, virtually all human work will be robotized. This is actually a terrific, near utopian result. After all, work has been taken as an inevitable curse on humans ever since day one. It has always been viewed as the necessary evil that all humans were egregiously condemned to suffer —and hence, in many cases, we find things like slavery, or the attempt to outsource the evil task. And now it looks like technology will finally end that evil once and for all. But the period of actually getting to that point, where virtually one-hundred percent of the population is free of work, will be a time of enormous pain for billions of people, as countless people lose their jobs with nothing to support them. This is why Silicon Valley—who is, whether it admits it or not, working as fast as it can to put as many people out of work as soon as possible—takes it as a matter of uncontested faith that something like a guaranteed basic income for everybody will soon be put in place, which is almost certainly a necessary program. We’ll return to this.) … NOTE: Wilber is writing a book about UBI.