The 4th episode of my new web-TV series ‘The Future Show (TFS) with Gerd Leonhard’ was just released, on the juicy topic of ‘the automation of everything’, see more details below. Overall, TFS is really picking up steam, with the first episode nearing 100.000 views and the others not trailing far behind. Discussions for partnerships and distribution of TFS shows are heating up and I have to have some really good news for you within the next 6-8 weeks. Stay tuned, and if you like this 4-minute clip please do share it widely and spread the word. Thanks!
Many activities and tasks that were previously done manually will increasingly be done automatically, i.e. by machines or by smart technology and ultra-intelligent software. Witness what Google maps or the now Google-owned Waze offers compared to printed maps or even navigation devices, and what Google Now dishes up compared to old-fashioned task lists and paper-based calendars. Automation is everywhere, from driving and traffic to dating to health services to search, social media, data-storage and cloud computing. Automation often offers unprecedented convenience, speed and tantalising ease of use – imagine if an Amazon drone could indeed deliver your desired goods within 30 minutes, or if Google could generate automated research reports with a click of a button. But should everything be automated- or otherwise mediated – just because it can? Should everyone have their DNA tested before going on a serious date just because it my be almost free (and automatic) to do so? Is the already rampant ‘outsourcing of our brains’ to mobile devices and cloud-based services really a good idea, once taken to the extreme? Last but not least, the process of automation also has huge implications for jobs, work and education (see episode 3) – where will this trend take us in the next 5-10 years