In this episode, Nathan and Jack Uldrich discuss:
- How to be a futurist?
- The challenge of unlearning
- Trends to keep an eye on
- Importance of being aware of risks
- Anyone can be a futurist, different people can take different paths into becoming one as long as you are curious about the future, are concerned about the world making it to the best possible outcomes, and are committed enough to your ideas that you’re willing to take action.
- People can understand what is coming next, what they have a really hard time doing is letting go of what they have always known. Unlearning takes humility, curiosity and a willingness to not only ask questions but to get better at asking better questions.
- Here are some trends to keep an eye on: cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, satellite technology, the internet of things, and 3D printing robotics. And one of the most fascinating thing about all this is that it’s not going to be just one technology that transforms the world, it’s going to be a convergence of multiple technologies.
- We need to be more accountable and more responsible about the creation of technology. People need to ask more questions about possible negative implications of technology. It is only through this process of looking also at the dark-side of technologies can we ensure that we can create the best future possible.
“So many people are unafraid of uncertainty that fear locks them in and that keeps them from embracing the immense possibility of the future. ” — Jack Uldrich
About Jack Uldrich: He is a well-recognized global futurist, speaker, and author of eleven books, including award-winning best sellers. He is a frequent speaker on technology, change management and leadership and has addressed hundreds of corporations, associations and not-for-profit organizations on five continents. He regularly makes television appearances on the Science Channel’s “FutureScape” program and the Discovery Channel show “Inside Out,” and is a frequent guest on major media outlets, including CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio.
Jack is also an ongoing contributor on emerging technologies and future trends for a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired Magazine and BusinessWeek.
Jack is a former naval intelligence officer and Defense Department official. He served as the director of the Minnesota Office of Strategic and Long-Range Planning under Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura. His most recent book is Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow and his forthcoming book is Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Yourself Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends, Today.
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