It took us a decade to see how social media could be used against us. Almost as long to question why we’re always staring into our glowing rectangles instead of exploring the world with our own eyes. And now we’re wondering how artificial intelligence will change the way decisions big and small are made.
Futurithmic is about the impact that advances in technology today will have on society tomorrow. I’ll be interviewing industry leaders and experts, exploring the challenges — and possible solutions — that the world will encounter in the future of emerging technologies.
The 2016 U.S. Presidential election was eye-opening in the way Facebook and Twitter were used to manipulate opinions, stoke division, and sow discord among the American people. It’s sparked intense conversations about the role social media plays in our lives, its echo-chamber nature, and how much we can trust what we read on the Internet today.
Since Apple’s 2007 iPhone debut, the evolution of smartphone screen has been a devolution for the sleeping habits of millions as the blue-tinged light tricks the brain into thinking it’s time to get up — not go to bed.
And we’ve come to recognize a maxim coined by IBM in the 1960s, “garbage in, garbage out” applies to 21st-century artificial intelligence, too. Algorithms designed to help us make better decisions have been found to reinforce existing biases in everything from hiring to medicine.
But sometimes the upside to amazing new technology isn’t immediately evident, either.
Social media has given us the ability to keep in touch with family and friends around the world in ways we never predicted when Mark Zuckerberg opened the doors to the public at large in 2007.
Blackberry called the iPhone a “toy” when it was released 12 years ago at a time when we rebuffed cameras in flip phones as unnecessary, but today smartphones are a supercomputer in our pocket with access to the sum total of humanity’s knowledge. And they take a great selfie.
And AI can crunch thousands of medical papers on cancer research to provide doctors with the most up-to-date advice on how to treat a patient. IBM’s Watson has proved to be a better medical sleuth than Sherlock Holmes.
Futurithmic is a multi-platform publishing powerhouse backed by thought leaders and some of the smartest minds in technology journalism today. And we’re exploring the world of technology for insights into tomorrow.
We’re launching with a leap down the rabbit hole of Augmented Reality. AR has already been popularized with photo filters on apps like Snapchat and Instagram. It’s going to be the computer interface of the future, overlaid on top of the biggest advances in technology since the integrated circuit. But while AR will be used to augment our world, there’s a risk it will replace it. And we’re going to learn what it will take to keep our reality in check.
We hope you’ll join us on this adventure into the algorithms and ideas that will shape our future.