It took the telephone 75 years to reach 100 million users. The mobile phone got there within 16 years, Twitter in 5, Facebook in 4 and a half. Instagram took 2 years, and ChatGPT landed its 100 th million user in just 2 months.
In this, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Impactful Technology is transforming the way we work, think, and live our lives. The pace of change of this megatrend is astonishing.
At the start of this century, barely 3% of the world’s population were connected to the internet. Around two thirds are now online, and it is one of the United Nations’ SDGs to achieve universal access by 2030.
Already this century’s innovation list is long: Artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, drones, smart devices, 3D printing, cloud computing, blockchain technologies, virtual and augmented reality, apps and social platforms, commercial space technology, and the unfolding possibilities of CRISPR and gene editing.
Generative AI is the next general-purpose technology, as transformative as the personal computer, the internet, and the mobile phone. It will impact every sector of the economy, and those who engage creatively with generative AI will be the leaders in their field.
The market for AI is expected to grow by twenty times across this decade, reaching almost two trillion US dollars by 2030.
Impactful technology also poses significant practical and ethical challenges:
How should big tech be regulated, considering they now control information flows and communication infrastructures across the world?
Where should we draw the line between enhanced products and services, and our right to privacy?
Gene editing promises a means to cure blindness, but can we avoid the desire to create the ‘perfect’ baby?
Who will be the winners and losers in job automation?
The challenge for governments, corporations and leaders will be to ensure that these new technologies reach their potential, while being accessible, equitable, and socially beneficial.
Big tech – how big is big enough?
How big can big tech be despite raking in some of their biggest ever annual revenue increases amidst the ongoing pandemic and market problems?
Facebook: a troll’s paradise
What does it mean when a social network’s algorithms favour anonymous groups bearing propaganda and misinformation?
Satellites are already blocking out stars for astronomers, but will the crowded skies lead to more issues?
Chinese companies win clean sweep of smart city awards
The Chinese Government declared it wants to be the world leader in AI, how has that impacted the AI City Challenge?
What are megatrends and how they are shaping the future of business?
Students know AI is here to stay and want unis to teach them how to use it
Students understand there are limitations with ChatGPT, but they know it will have a huge impact on their careers.
Is 13 too young to have a TikTok or Instagram account?
The US surgeon general says 13 is ‘too early’ to be on social media. But an expert on parenting and digital media cautions against a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.
The future of seafood with Aryé Elfenbein
This week: we discuss lab-grown seafood and the future of fish with Wildtype Co-Founder, Aryé Elfenbein.
How to perfect your prompt writing for ChatGPT, Midjourney and other AI generators
Users are having a blast getting creative with AI generators – but your output is only ever as good as your prompt.
Generative AI and life advice for the future with Kevin Kelly
This week: we talk with Wired Magazine co-founder Kevin Kelly about artificial intelligence, group think, and excellent advice for living.
ChatGPT is a data privacy nightmare. If you’ve ever posted online, you ought to be concerned
ChatGPT is fuelled by our intimate online histories, yet users have no way of knowing which of their data it contains.
Platform capitalism with Cory Doctorow and Rebecca Giblin
This week: we interview Rebecca Giblin and Cory Doctorow, authors of Chokepoint Capitalism, about how platforms capture value in creative markets.