Here are some insights the speakers shared during the conference.
Anatoliy delved into the already apparent trends:
— Population structure shift
— Economy structure shift
— Robots replacing humans
— Remote communications
— Improving healthcare
— Business process optimization
What are people supposed to do in a situation like this?
— Learn new skills never before see as relevant, because creativity and new ideas emerge at the confluence of different skills
— Be ahead of time and generate their own trends, ideas, products, and projects for fear of becoming just a resource
— Develop intellectually
— Interact with computers
— Care about their bodies as their only vessel in this life
— Embrace change
Money or their equivalents are here to stay—for the next 10 years, at least. The development of cryptocurrencies gathers pace, even Facebook is about to create its own one.
Corporations will grow more potent than cities and even countries. In this case, it will be them who determines the technology culture and people’s quality of life. They will control all aspects of our lives—even the currency we use.
We launch something into space all the time. AI accompanies us every step of our way. Some cities are introducing driverless cars. Amazon works without any shop clerks. But can we control our own brain? We can come to terms with it but never tame it. It’s the most complex of human organs, and it is yet to be adequately studied. And we can cooperate with it only to a certain reasonable extent because we can’t trust it entirely.
With AI, we don’t have to think any more.
On the one hand, hey, we are so smart that we create things that think for us. However, this is what makes us complacent when it comes to developing our own brain. Perception and processing of information are essential to human beings.
You can build positive habits to override old ones. And you won’t even notice that you would have done something otherwise previously. This how our brain works. First, we lay a path, and later it grows into a highway.
Our brain’s purpose is to help us survive and share our genius.
The brain perceives everything new as a threat and resits it. Over these past 20 years, the world has changed as much as over the previous three centuries. Can our brain handle that much change? We all fear to leave our comfort zone. We seek a balance between human and technology, between imparting purpose to technology, creativity, and supplying work for robots. As long as we can realize where resources and energy for that come from, we will succeed.
The future is not about algorithms—they can create themselves. The future is about everything we have and robots don’t, everything that identifies us as humans: empathy, intuition, imagination, and creativity. Our mindset determines what value we attach to things. Also, learning new languages is a must for brain development.
Fedoriv distinguished three global trends:
The purpose of digitalization is to further globalization. Combined, however, these two have led to infantilization.
What is globalization, anyway? Globalization is the blurring of the borders, the lack of local competition, and the rise of corporations.
Digitalization is about platform automation, but most importantly—about acceleration and transparency.
Previously, people believed they were genius because they built a successful business. But we all refuse to see that the competition was nowhere near as strong as now. In fact, the market was plain empty.
Now, the situation has drastically changed. You are doomed to go bankrupt if you don’t innovate, build more efficient processes, or never leverage your creativity.
Launching a run-of-the-mill product has become the gravest risk nowadays.
It’s not you that will determine its price in this case but the platform.
There’s a shining example to be found if you compare the past to the present. Way back, people didn’t give a damn about how their food is cooked in restaurants, but now we all admire front cooking.
If you think that you can hide something from the people, remember one thing. There will always be someone, e.g. a disgruntled employee, who will leak your internal practices all over the web and destroy your reputation.
People trust other people, not corporations.
The face of the digital revolution is that of a children’s toy.
Asia leads the way in this respect.
Where are we headed? Back to Ancient Rome.
People there needed two things the most: bread and circuses.
The consumer comes to a vital conclusion: ‘I want to be happy right now!’ And this is what we need to go by.