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From Matt Novak's Paleofuture blog for the Smithsonian Magazine, a look at the great Aldous Huxley's predictions for the the modern age. Huxley died fifty years ago, on the same day as President John F. Kennedy and C.S. Lewis.
“During the next fifty years mankind will face three great problems: the problem of avoiding war; the problem of feeding and clothing a population of two and a quarter billions which, by 2000 A.D., will have grown to upward of three billions, and the problem of supplying these billions without ruining the planet’s irreplaceable resources.
“Let us assume—and unhappily it is a large assumption—that the nations can agree to live in peace. In this event mankind will be free to devote all its energy and skill to the solution of its other major problems.
“By 2000, let us hope, the peoples of the world will have adopted a program to increase the planet’s output of food and other necessities, while conserving its resources. Because all available land will be needed for food production, concerted efforts will be made to derive all the fibers used for textiles from inorganic materials or vegetable wastes. Food crops will be cultivated on the land now devoted to cotton, flax, hemp and jute, and, since wool will no longer be used, the huge flocks of sheep which now menace Australian and North American watersheds will be greatly diminished. Because of the need to give overworked soil a rest and to extract the greatest possible number of calories from every acre under cultivation, meat production, which is fantastically wasteful of land, will be cut down, and increasing attention will be given to the products, vegetable no less than animal, of the ocean. Landlocked inlets, lakes, ponds and swamps will be scientifically farmed.
“In many parts of the world forests are being recklessly destroyed. To conserve them we shall have to develop new types of synthetic building materials and new sources for paper. That the production of a comic supplement should entail the death of thousands of magnificent trees is a scandal which cannot much longer be tolerated.
“How will individuals be affected by all this? For many farmers the changes will mean a shift from one kind of production to another. For many others they will entail a transfer to the chemical industry. For the chemical industry is bound to grow more important as world erosion compels us, for the sake of the land, to rely increasingly on synthetics derived from practically inexhaustible When the craving for guacamole hits, it’s easy to think that grabbing a premade variety at the grocery …I get asked this all the time, especially when people are doing the 21-Day Sugar buy-detox.com or are new to Paleo: “What can I do about sugar and carb cravings?” Before we go any further, know that I can help you with this! There are steps that you can take to break free from this …It’s probably the #1 question I’m asked right now… “How do I get started on The 21-Day Sugar Detox?” This post is here to help you get started, and for you to find all of the amazing (and many free) resources I have created to support you in completing the program. inorganic materials.
“That enormous technological advances will be recorded during the next fifty years is certain. But to the worker as a worker, such advances will not necessarily be of great significance. It makes very little difference to the textile worker whether the stuff he handles is the product of a worm, a plant, a mammal or a chemical laboratory. Work is work, and what matters to the worker is neither the product nor the technical process, but the pay, the hours, the attitude of the boss, the physical environment. To most office and factory workers in 2000 the application of nuclear fission to industry will mean very little. What they will care about is what their fathers and mothers care about today—improvement in the conditions of labor. Given peace, it should be possible, within the next fifty years, to improve working conditions very considerably. Better equipped, workers will produce more and therefore earn more. Meanwhile most of the hideous relics of the industrial Middle Ages will have been replaced by new factories, offices and homes. More and more factories and offices will be relocated in small country communities, where life is cheaper, pleasanter and more genuinely human than in those breeding-grounds of mass neurosis, the great metropolitan centers of today. Decentralization may help to check that march toward the asylum, which is a threat to our civilization hardly less grave than that of erosion and A-bomb.
“If the finished product means little to the worker, it means much to the housewife. New synthetic building materials will be easier to keep clean. New solar heating systems will be cheaper and less messy. Electronics in the kitchen will greatly simplify the task of the cook. In a word, by 2000 the business of living should have become decidedly less arduous than it is at present. But, though less arduous, it will last on the average a good deal longer. In 2000 there will be more elderly people in the world than at any previous time. In many countries the citizens of sixty-five and over will outnumber the boys and girls of fifteen and under. Pensions and a pointless leisure offer no solution to the problems of an aging population. In 2000 the younger readers of this article, who will then be in their seventies, will probably be inhabiting a world in which the old are provided with opportunities for using their experience and remaining strength in ways satisfactory to themselves, and valuable to the community.”
Tim Ferriss is not everyone’s cup of tea. I always felt there was some unrealistic expectation setting and marketing snake oil implicit in the title and premise of “The Four Hour Work Week.” Not to mention the 4 hour body–what if you need 5 hours?? The queen of all Tim Ferriss haters has to be Penelope Trunk whose blog headline skills – and sarcastic wit – are evident in her widely read post’s title: 5 Time management tricks I learned from years of hating Tim Ferriss. We featured Tim’s talk from the EG conference on FORA.tv back in 2008. I was in the control room as we pulled the video feed for the sessions.
Certain things you cannot dispute. Tim Ferriss is a fantastic public presenter. His books have sold a lot of copies. He has transformed many lives for the better. And he has been in the vanguard of the idea of liberating yourself from old models of work life design.
A new kudo, then, for Tim. He has created a book club and has an absolutely wonderful first choice. Rolf Potts’ Vagabonding is more than a worthwhile travel book. It is a contemporary treatise on becoming a world citizen for real, and hitting the road to do it. Tim is doing more than the usual, here’s the book of the month choice. He is helping Rolf to monetize, to promote, to harvest social media, to extend his community. More on that from Tim on his blog here. And for the Soundcloud audio session, enjoy below.
One more thing about that EG session. EG was the second conference series created by the fabulous Richard Saul Wurman, years after he created TED. I videotaped Michael Cronan interviewing Ricky at the conference and will find and post that video. I wrote a tribute to Michael on the ShowGo.tv blog when he passed away the first of this year if you are not familiar with him. Michael branded TiVo, Kindle, ShowGo.tv among many others, and created the visual identity for FORA.tv. TED had been posting sessions of EG months after each conference, and I thought, well, why wait, and with the support of EG honcho Michael Hawley, pulled video directly as it was being recorded, and posted those shows on FORA right after the event. Michael, who was paid top shelf fees by the leading venture capitalists and tech companies of the day, agreed to go down early and act as unpaid production assistant to get the initial sessions until I could get there. We shared a room and had a ball. What a gentleman. At one point, we passed by a small bag and a tiny but ferociously loud dog barked at us. A barking bag. For brief comic relief, and for those who will always remember Michael’s angelic but mischievous demeanor, I give you this short video which I call,” Is that a ferret in your bag or are you just happy to see me?”
And the video from Tim’s EG presentation on how to swim from FORA.tv.
Shailesh Rao, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Latin America & Emerging Markets, Twitter (congrats on the IPO this week!) talks about how Twitter and social media are revolutionizing the way we experience “memorable moments.”
When we experienced them through traditional mass media, we did so as an audience member, a recipient. We just had to receive and accept it. During the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and tsunami, there were 15,000 retweets every minute. What does that mean from the viewpoint of media consumption? Anyone in the world with a mobile For drivers who are not eligible to take traffic driving schools in atlanta ga to satisfy requirements of their court, insurance company, or the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), a course may be the difference between a valid and suspended driver’s license in the future. device or computer could send a tweet and affect the way people thought about and experienced that moment.
Why is that meaningful? Because it represents a change in the power dynamic between media organizations and consumers of media. Today, users have much more control, they dictate the terms about what content they will create, when they will consume it, who they will share it. And Shailesh posits that this new dynamic is based on mutual respect, because media companies know that we can shape, share and change the message.
Here is the complete session with Shailesh:
I attended Dan Pulcrano’s extraordinary C2SV conference recently and we are working to get videos of the events online after a period of post-production. There were many great speakers and highlights but the apocryphal moment was surely when Dan got Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Atari founder Nolan Bushnell up on stage together for the first time. They waxed eloquently on a wide range of subjects. We will post the videos when they become available.
After the session, I talked to Nolan and asked him what are the most important factors in creating an environment for the achievement of audacious visions. He answered: “…intensity and passion. If you had to come down to one single idea, that is it. I also really believe that playfulness…I think people who take themselves too seriously tend to self-edit too much. If you are kind of willing to be out there a little bit, crazy, that’s a characteristic.”
A story on the event from San Jose, Mercury News here http://www.mercurynews.com/sal-pizarro/ci_24193146/pizarro-fun-times-woz-nolan-bushnell-at-c2sv
And my video moment with Nolan:
I spent time with Tamer Ahmed, Seeds Program Manager, Cairo iLab, for the French telecom giant Orange. We watched events together, hung out at the receptions and talked business and politics. I asked Tamer as someone on a global hunt for new ideas, services and opportunities, how Orange approaches innovation and what he looks for in his seed program.
Tamer suggested that one of the keys is openness, how employees can be encouraged to contribute what they think, and get senior management sponsorship. Accepting failure, even promoting and celebrating it. Tamer believes that when the company talks about innovation, “we have to go to the actual customer and the actual environment. Go to malls and cafes, see how people react to things”.
Orange is engaging in innovation for multiple cultures and places as they serve a big footprint, extending from Europe to Botswana, with people working from the U.S. to Japan, so they get the best from each culture and each country, in a truly global environment and company.
Sometimes a small improvement can make a big difference in the lives of people. Orange has a service called Internet for All, allowing people far away from a 3G coverage area to get connected. Tamer describes a trial the company performed in Uganda at an orphan school. Previously, the teacher would have to travel miles to Kampala just to get an email. “Innovation is nothing unless you have something that touches the lives of people. Then you feel you have made a difference.”
As an Egyptian, Tamer also talked about current developments in his country and prospects for progress and peace, the value of patience and the need hope in a time of dramatic change.
Here’s a look at the start-up competition that Tamer and his colleagues sponsored at the Summit.
A series of start-ups looking for VC funding have 10 mins each to deliver their pitches to an expert judging-panel of venture capitalists. Following their pitches the judges provide feedback on each business and declare the winning idea.
The judges in the video are:
Jacky Abitbol, VP Corporate Development, Orange
Tamer Ahmed, Seeds Program Manager, Cairo iLab, Orange
Nathalie Boulanger, Senior Vice-president, Start-up Ecosystem, Orange
Usama Fayyad, Executive Chairman, Oasis 500
Gilles Lapierre, SVP Investment, du
Sherif Safwat, Executive Director, 21st Century Digital Arabia
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