EPISODE 102: Make Good Stuff or Go Home

This episode is about the future!   First, we start by talking about AR and VR not only because that’s what Charlie does but Facebook just announced all sorts of goodness in the future for Facebook in their keynote!  It seems like technology companies put on a big fanfare when they have an announcement, and Facebook is no exception.  Are the changes coming to Facebook and Facebook messenger the way of the future?  Is AR and VR a fad or will it have a real impact on things to come, user experiences and technology in general?

This then spins us off into the future of information, law, crime and how companies having endless amounts of information affects our daily lives and the stability of a society.  We are quickly entering grey areas where technology, machines and algorithms are taking on complicated human moral issues.  Is tech going to be used in legal battles and judgements?  A recent study and article also shows that data can be manipulated and human error and human bias can be shown in the tech itself.

The panel then tears into the common complaint that technology is making people “fat, lazy and dumb.”  Does technology actually contribute to this or is it a crutch to avoid regular human behavior?  This complains has been made against video games, against music, against most forms of technology, but does it hold any water?

This also begs the question regarding the idea of Universal Basic Income that has been floating around and become more popular due to to celebrity endorsements such as Tesla’s Elon Musk.  Does the idea of a baseline income help or hinder personal productivity?  Is the cost simply being diverted from one place to another?  If people had a safety net would it have an impact on crime reduction?

All of this culminates in the future of human living and the future of human living conditions.  Cities are at the center of that as our population explodes.  There are “smart cities” around the world that are built from the ground up, designed specifically to handle the new challenges of a booming population.  Density, transportation, communal green spaces and organized living are the focus of creating a city that is not only sustainable but geared more towards humans, not cars.