John Smart, Acceleration Studies Foundation founder and president as well as conferencec co-producer, kicks off the third year of the Accelerating Change conference:
We're often surprised by the future.
There was that guy in 1992 waving his hands saying that this World Wide Web was going to be a big thing in ten years. We have a lot of those kinds of people here.
Accelerating Change Conference is like PopTech at a fifth of cost with a multi-disciplinary view around accelerating change.
Rather than future-shock, future-shaping.
Four components to Acceleration Studies Foundation include awareness, education, research and advocacy. You should have to think about the future as an undergraduate. If we take courses in history, current affairs, it'd follow. ASF is teaching a curriculum in Foresight Development at the University of Advancing Technology [a very innovative private university in Tempe, AZ educating the IT-enabled generation].
How do people make bets on the future? Some things are unreasonably predictable that have to do with small-scale techologies, information technologies, and communications technologies.
If we take a broad picture view, we'll often see things that are sea changes.
There's a report by another organization on philantropy around the world (it's in our knowledgebase) and what struck me was how much the world is much more of a network today rather than a hierarchy.
AI (Artificial Intelligence) is one of those spaces that is broad and encompasses all that is increasingly autonomous in computing.
There are ambassadors to Paraguay. We're ambassadors to the future. Sometimes humans don't change [rapidly], but our houses are changing. What happens when your bed is smarter than you are?