Image: Facebook office Menlo Park, Silican Valley
It’s challenging to contemplate the future predictions that will change our world. The UN is predicting that up to 47% of middle class jobs will become redundant over the next decade due to robotics and new technologies. We will grow from three to eight billion connected humans online. How will this effect creativity and innovation?
To investigate these changes and challenges, I had just had the great privilege of attending and performing at the Executive Program of Singularity University based in Silicon Valley. Founded by inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil and XPrize Founder Peter Diamandis, leaders across all sectors from over 24 countries attended the intensive one week program.
SU’s mission is to educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. We learnt from some of the leading thinkers in the world about topics including artificial intelligence, 3D printing, driverless cars, nanotechnology, the future of work, innovation and biotechnology.
While tech entrepreneurs pour their riches into the next big technology thing, we artists tend to struggle to embrace these technologies and stumble when trying to figure out how to build a fan base and monetise our work in a world without theatres and record stores.