The Future Is Ours – remarkable, necessary short film by Michael Marantz pays tribute to those pushing humanity forward and reminds us that the future is, indeed, in our hands.
Rockstar-statistician Hans Rosling has previously explained why the washing machine sparked the reading revolution and how 200 countries changed over 200 years. In this shortest TED talk ever given, Rosling uses a stack of stones to explain how global population growth will affect wealth distribution in the future and what will happen to the gap between the rich and the poor.
What ends up happening in the world, on a very, very large level, has a lot to do with what people believe will happen. Because these things are self-fulfilling — when enough people start to believe in a certain future outcome, their subconscious ends up acting on their behaviors, and that outcome ends up kind of happening. And so I think it’s so important to put forth beautiful, and also believable, visions of how things can be in the future, because then many people will believe in these things, and then those things will begin to come true.
And, conversely, this is why it’s so dangerous to do this kind of fear-mongering, cynical hopelessness you see every time you turn on the cable news or open up a newspaper — because if people are exposed to that enough, that’s what they will believe the future is going to be like, and they’ll start to act accordingly, and that’s what we’ll get.
Where to find a creative class job in 2020 – a map of projected growth.
In the 1930s, as synchronized recorded sound began to replace live musicians who played in movie theaters to score films, the American Federation of Musicians formed a new organization called the Music Defense League and launched an ad campaign against the “menace” of recorded sound — an approach not too far from contemporary techno-paranoia about how the Internet is destroying society, and proof that innovation and anxiety seem to go hand-in-hand.