Gates’s Predictions

As Mr. Gates addresses global issues, over time he necessarily becomes more in tune with major trends. While he has no crystal ball, here are some trends he sees in our future – many of which affect sustainable living.

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Bill Gates’s 7 predictions for our future

This article is published in collaboration with Business Insider

08 May 2017

 

Gates’ physical body might reside in the present, but his brain lives in the future.… Keep reading

Frogs-R-Us

I recently read an article from MIT’s Technology Review – a free online service providing information on many of the latest technologies that will be impacting our lives and our civilization – that compared parallels in how we tackled the Y2K problem, at the turn of the millennium, with the problem of climate change.

I don’t believe the parallel is a valid comparison.

 

  • Y2K was event focused;
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  • Climate change is a life-style issue.
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    Whenever we’re faced with a major disruptive or potentially catastrophic event – Y2K or a hurricane or a collapsed bridge or a ruptured water main – we focus our energy and technology and resources to address the problem.… Keep reading

    Being Smart

    “Sustainable living” is far more than just survival. In addition to living in harmony with Mother Earth, our quality-of-life experience becomes even more of an essential focus.  Here’s a glimpse of a trend that’s been around for a while – but – is now growing rather rapidly, and will have a dramatic impact on our life experience … artificial intelligence, or AI.

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    In the AI Age,

    “Being Smart” Will Mean

    Something Completely Different

     

    Ed Hess

    June 19, 2017

     

    Andrew Ng has likened artificial intelligence (AI) to electricity in that it will be as transformative for us as electricity was for our ancestors.… Keep reading

    Quest for Purpose

    Here’s one of the healthiest questions we can ask. From experience, I know we can create elegant environments that are also totally sustainable.  And I know that “sustainability” is more than “survival.”  As we see new strides being achieved in robotics and artificial intelligence, at some point we need to ask the question that we should have been asking all along:

    What is our purpose?

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    The meaning of life in a world without work

     

    As technology renders jobs obsolete, what will keep us busy?Keep reading

    Record-Breaking Climate Change

    While we see all sorts of debates about whether or not climate change is real, what the cause is, or what the outcomes might be, here’s a blog that’s longer, but with detail and with a solid scientifically-accurate base of information.

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    Climate breaks multiple records

    in 2016, with global impacts.

     

    21 March 2017

    World Meteorological Organization

     

    Extreme and unusual trends continue in 2017

    The year 2016 made history, with a record global temperature, exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).… Keep reading