Fertilise your imagination

“We need to green the desert of our mind, we need to fertilise our imagination and we need to believe that the future remains ours to make.

We shouldn’t be sanctimonious about the problems that face the world, it’s not a question of wearing a hair shirt and punishing ourselves. We should be saying: look how cool the world could be. Our job is to create a fever of excitement about the world that is ours to make better.”

Sir Tim Smit on taking the Eden Project global

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Fertilise your imagination

Robots

“Robots in essence represent the merger of two long-standing trends: the advancement of technology to do our work and the use of a service class that can provide cheap labour for higher classes of society. In this light, robots are a sign of technological advancement but also an updated version of the slave labour that in past centuries people used to exploit other human beings.”

– Alec Ross, The Industries of the Future (Simon & Schuster, 2016)

Robots

Machine imagination

“Who would know more about the drama of our daily lives than a Roomba or Dropcam? Might a self-driving car write the next Kerouac-style novel? A crime procedural show as seen from surveillance cameras’ points of view? One could imagine a bored smart-home staging a re-enactment from old log files while the family is away, replaying a family dinner through re-runs of lighting, air conditioning and appliance settings, like a domotic puppet show.”

    – Will anyone care when a robot wins the Man Booker prize? Wired.co.uk

Machine imagination