People over profit
I am a digital expert consulting startups, corporations and public institutions on their product strategies. I regularly join teams to build minimum viable products, product experiences, frontends or functional prototypes.
I'm a tech-optimist and believe that ultimately technology will change our world for the better, in ways we can't even imagine yet. But we are currently lacking a unifying vision for the future that makes living sustainable and enjoyable for everybody.
Even though Peter Diamandis' optimism has to be taken with a grain of salt, its nonetheless a interesting list of technologies that rapidly change our lives.
Technological progress has direct impact on job markets, and more importantly on people who work in jobs that are eradicated by that very progress. And this will get worse in the coming decade. The tech sector has to get better on empathy, thinking more about the consequences and taking some responsibility. http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/silicon-valley-has-an-empathy-vacuum
There is some unnecessary hate against Google/Alphabet going on in this article, but it makes valid points at how "artificial intelligence in every device" is going to push us further away from privacy real quick. I don't think this is bad, as I believe more data will help us solve more problems - but for that research institutions would need access to that data pool too. We need standards on how all of this data is stored (preferably encrypted), processed, shared (preferably anonymised) and what kind of data based business models are legitimate. My hope for artificial intelligence and big data is to really help us improve as humanity, and not being locked into company silos only working as disguised cash machines. https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/05/not-ok-google/
How data is going to influence our moral decissions: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/50bb4830-6a4c-11e6-ae5b-a7cc5dd5a28c.html
Shenzen is a fascinating place, and we should look at its attitudes and communities to learn about possible futures in western societies (e.g. patent infringement vs. sharing for progress): https://netzpolitik.org/2016/wired-doku-ueber-shenzhen-the-silicon-valley-of-hardware/
Study finds 64% of Europeans are in favor of a basic income, and only 4% said they would stop working: http://thechanger.org/community/two-thirds-europeans-favor-basic-income
Some companies don't need an office, and maybe never never will - how a company goes full digital nomad: https://open.buffer.com/no-office/