Ayesha and Parag Khanna share the thesis of their new e-book, “Hybrid Reality,” as they and Melissa Harris-Perry look at how technology has evolved and become integrated into everyday life on MSNBC.
Technology is granting us the ability to alter our perception of reality, construct multiple representations of ourselves, and have relationships with artificial agents. All of these are simultaneously expanding and destabilizing our sense of self.
Technik is about adaptability: the capacity to harness emerging technologies to improve our circumstances. We will differentiate societies on the basis not of their regime type or income, but of their capacity to harness technology.
Back in 2004, America’s leading humor magazine the Onion ran a story titled “American Robot’s Job Outsourced to Overseas Robot.” The lawnmower assembling 11-year old robot QT2D-7 bitterly complained of not receiving any notice or severance.
The globally mobile entrepreneur will decide where to invest capital and where to live will depend on a city’s ability to be generative, i.e. create a productive, participatory and personalized urban experience.
By 2050, over 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities. The rate of urbanization is staggering: more than 400 million people in China and 215 million people in India will migrate from villages to cities by 2015.
We are moving into a brave new world where knowledge will become an inexhaustible commodity and transform not just our economies but more deeply our sense of who we are -- and "not just for a generation, but forever."
PSFK Labs chats with Ayesha Khanna, director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, which explores the practical implications of what she refers to as ‘human-technology co-evolution in the Hybrid Age', on how new technologies are changing the way we interact with our environment.
Stockholm was named the first European Green Capital in 2010. Since then, green innovation has become a pillar of Swedish national competitiveness. By 2050, Stockholm hopes to turn green into gold by exporting smart power to an energy-conscious world.
TV Interview with Brian Lehrer
Curitiba may be the original smart city. In the early 1960s, it was plagued by sprawl and congestion. Architect Jaime Lerner responded with the Curitiba master plan, an urban-design strategy whose centerpiece was an affordable and efficient transportation system.
These books offer insights into three directional trends: the deepening of regional ties across emerging markets, the continuing rise of powerful new global players, and the intractability of risk factors inherent in emerging markets.