The future is for everyone (ASU SFIS)


The future is always happening- now, just now, again, right before us. There are short term, medium and long-term futures. We can talk about what happens later today, as opposed to next year or 5 years from now. But we can also talk about the longer-term 50-500 years from now. Our ability to be accurate with our predictions differs with timespan. Our motivations in talking about futures differ- from sustainability, to resource discovery, to people coordination, invention, supply and demand, geopolitics and markets. There is always a tension between production and consumption in a biodiverse world. If we believe futurists like the late Arthur C. Clarke, the more unbelievable our predictions the more likely they are to eventuate. So the “future” is yet to be determined to some degree, and every point within a given range is changeable. I can choose to do something that may be of benefit or harm. But does everyone have an equal choice or equal say about the future? Is everyone empowered in the same way to make decisions about things that affect their livelihood: future work opportunities, where they live, how many kids they will have, how their neighbourhood will be affected by development, whether they have access to healthcare. Such things are amplified when “everyone” constitutes “everyone”: those suffering from mental health concerns, the disabled, the cognitively impaired, the single parent, the migrant, the refugee, the illiterate, the aborigine. I love thinking about going to Mars, but I think our Mars is on earth, we are just blinded to its complexities here and lack the initiative to address wicked problems that matter.

Below: Ethos taking the tagline and linking it to a vision of blockchain.