Future Thinking – A Few Things We Should Know About Tomorrow

Future Thinking – A Few Things We Should Know About Tomorrow 2016-11-07T09:05:10+00:00

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Science Talk
Presenter:
 Dr Anthon Botha, TechnoScene, South Africa
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The future is unpredictable, but also not predetermined. Let us ignite a conversation about tomorrow by considering mind-time travel, technology, behaviour of people and events. Through research we move into the discoverable world. The real world, though, is hugely complex. Here patterns emerge and we react to them. We are moving beyond the knowledge era into the conceptual era. This is where the algorithm economy awaits us, as demonstrated in machine intelligence, the 4th industrial revolution and human-machine partnerships. The world of work is transformed into a virtual space where different generations and management philosophies co-exist. Ownership of knowledge is changing drastically as are the institutions of knowledge creation. We are in a constant process of technovolution. Learning paradigms are changing fast and our educational institutions will have to adapt or die. We will live in an interconnected web of smartness, where ecosystems overlap to support us to optimize our intelligence, create well-being and social harmony. But the devastation of cyberwarfare and cybercrime may remain a reality if we do not create a consciousness among the human race and its machines. Future thinking is the integral of all change over time and strategy is the summation of all future thinking.
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bothaDr Anthon Botha
TechnoScene, South Africa
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Anthon Botha is a physicist, strategist, futurist, sentimentalist and optimist. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Stellenbosch and is Managing Director of TechnoScene (Pty) Ltd. TechnoScene operates in the knowledge industry to provide business consulting in the management of knowledge, technology and innovation and facilitates debates and events in the field of science, engineering and technology at an international level. Anthon spends a lot of time imagining the future, creating visions for his clients of what is likely to be, based on his understanding of the impact of events, technology trends and the way people and markets will behave. He has developed a Future Thinking thought model that yields an understanding of how we will live, work, play and transact in future. He is also a part-time academic at the Graduate School of Technology Management at the University of Pretoria guiding young people into the world of Future Thinking, new ventures and entrepreneurship. Anthon has published numerous research papers, contract reports, white papers and opinions on new technology and future worlds of business and living and is the author of a book, “Knowledge – living and working with it”.
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