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🔮 Roundups #39
Genetic sensors, blockchain-based human registry, and the tug of war between a solar- vs. cyber-punk future
Every Friday I round up 5 technological advancements that give us a Glimpse into the future 🔮 After all, the future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed.
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If you missed it on Tuesday, I wrote about startup cities like Próspera that are sanctioned, city-sized countries within other countries. These startup cities are given the license to experiment with governance in a way that we’ve never seen before. What if we could harness those experiments in governance to test new policies before we roll them out to the entire nation?
🔮 Glimpse #1 — Genetic sensors for biosafety
🔮 Glimpse #2 — Blockchain human registry
A new blockchain-based human registry just launched that attempts to verify your humanness in a privacy-centric way. I suppose in a world with androids indistinguishable from humans à la Bladerunner, this could useful…
Meanwhile, their competitor co-founded by Sam Altman (CEO of OpenAI) called Worldcoin just crossed 2M users.
🔮 Glimpse #3 — Shopify’s AI assistant
ChatGPT caught the world on fire, but I don’t think a general chat bot will be the use case *most* people find themselves interacting with when we think of an AI-powered future. I tend to think it’ll be something more like Shopify’s AI assistant. Deeply integrated, niche AI partners that help you accomplish tasks in context.
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🔮 Glimpse #4 — The future’s tug of war
The future has an interesting tug of war going on. On the one hand, futurist visions of a clean, safe, natural environment often trend more toward solarpunk.
But on the other hand, cyberpunk dreams are coming to life right now with new construction like The Sphere in Las Vegas.
Which future do you dream of?
🔮 Glimpse #5 — Beautiful ≠ useful
Great design is raising the “wow” factor for modern apps but… are the apps just pretty or are they also helpful?
Hope that gave you a little inspiration and wonder as you head into the weekend :)
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