Think: A majority of Americans rarely or never think 30 years into the future. This is a problem because, as this article explains, it means we treat ourselves as strangers. If we want a better future for ourselves (as well as our children), we need to spend more thinking about the far future. Fortunately, the article also offers a handful of helpful hints for how to achieve this goal.
Think Again: In case you missed it, here is my annual list of predictions for the coming year. Each prediction is based on a real technology or trend that could easily be commercialized in the coming year and the list will give you plenty of things to think about in the new year. (As an added bonus the predictions should leave you feeling optimistic about the future.)
Think Green: Verticals farms covering roughly 20 football fields could provide enough leafy greens for the entire country of Denmark. As this article explains, one vertical farm is already growing 1,000 tons of local greens. As the vertical farm trend grows, it will transform agriculture, food retail, and urban planning.
Think Smarter: Artificial intelligence is getting smarter. This means you will need to get smarter about artificial intelligence. This article, Four AI Technologies that Could Transform the Way We Live and Work, can help.
Heart-Centered Thinking: Personally, I don’t want to think about living in a world without butterflies. As a futurist I must, however, think about uncomfortable truths. The extinction of the Western Monarch Butterfly is one of these ugly truths, but as I outline in my latest article on Medium, The Ecological Crisis is a Spiritual Crisis, we must think about changing ourselves first.
Until next week: Don’t stop thinking about the future! But also never forget “It is easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than think your way into a new way of acting!”