I've just returned from the Singularity University Global Summit in San Francisco. It's an absolute joy for me, being with colleagues from around the globe, a community trying to move the world to positivism and optimism.
This year there was an obvious move to human centricity in all conversations.
At our core we are discovering what matters: the future of humans; the future of organisations and the demand for authentic leadership; the future of ecosystems; and ultimately the future of civilisations.
There was much talk around the Global Grand Challenges and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Master orator David Roberts challenged the SDGs, opting instead for 17 inspirational goals.
What if there was a person in the world who made sure everyone else in the world was fed? And another who ensured everyone had access to education?
Think that is impossible? Consider that Estonia is the most advanced country in the world for digital and every Estonian is using Blockchain.
Blockchain leads me to trust. We are demanding that trust should matter, even in business. Especially in business.
Trust matters because fear and lack of trust are the only things that truly stop innovation.
Trust comes from three things: intention, competency and history. Hope is real but it's dependent on trust.
The United Nations was formed to prevent World War 3. What if its role was now to:
- Deliver free high-speed internet to every corner of the planet
- Deliver free education to all
- Develop a universal currency
- Build houses like we build ships or cars
- Develop a universal entrepreneurship mindset
And where to with medicine? We need to rethink and reimagine health. How many of us wait more than an hour for a health visit that lasts 15 minutes?
With the convergence of technologies and the increased use of wearables reading our blood pressure, pulse, breathing rate, sleep patterns and so much more, technology will allow the basics of health care to be the responsibility of the individual.
Therapies being used are becoming much more precise in delivering medicines in optimal dosages prescribed for the individual. Alternative health practitioners have been doing this for years.
Maybe you don't want to live forever, but there is an increasing rhetoric around living healthier longer, making 110 the new 70. The aim is to increase the quality of your years not just the number of years we live.
The role of medicine is changing. 3D printing of organs, an EKG on your watch, stroke helmets, exoskeleton suits, drones, synthetic biology, telemedicine, nanotech, AR and VR, have set us on a trajectory of no return.
Learning. It's a wheel. New knowledge is picked up. Turned around. Rekindled and remixed. Combined with what is next to come. The future is bright.