What will be the global superpowers in 2040? Will there be another sexual revolution, and if so, what will it look like? How will our economy change shape in the next 25 years? Will computers reach technological singularity, and if so, will they take over the world?
On Saturday March 1st, twenty intellectually curious souls converged on Impact Hub Islington for Future Day, an all-day interactive discussion about what the world might look like in 2040 and beyond.
In a climate where politicians, activists and entrepreneurs often don’t have the time or energy to think beyond the issues of the day, Future Day asks us to cast our minds to the bigger picture, imagining how today’s trends will contribute to the world we see tomorrow.
Hosted by Simon Moss, director of programs at the Global Poverty Project, and freelance journalist Rachel Hills, the conversation covered everything from the future of cities, to the post-GFC economy, to why India won’t be a global hegemon any time soon (it would need to be a regional hegemon first, said Hubber Maha Rafi Atal), to the appeal of online dating in an atomised society.
The day ended with a promise to exchange emails and a trip to a local Islington pub. Plans are already afoot to start planning Future Day 2015.
If you’re interested in the future but weren’t able to make it along, here is a list of future related reading material compiled by Hub Islington’s Future Day-ers compiled.
The End of History – Francis Fukuyama
The Examined Life – Stephen Grose
Gilles Deleuze – author
The Future – Al Gore
The Great Disruption – Paul Gilding
Why Nations Fail – Daren Acemoglu and James A. Robinson
The Signal and the Noise – Nate Silver
Wool Trilogy – Hugh Howey
The Desert of the Real – Slavoj Zizek
The Continued Economic Decline of the West
Images by Greta Rossi.