As part of a project by NY Times writer Ryan Bradley to assemble members of different scientific origins whose information could support predicting the future, he included names such as Rade Musulin, chief executive: FBAlliance Insurance, Jessica Gigotfarmer, Doyne Farmer, co-founder: the Prediction Company and, yup, EDM’s very own Skrillex, who had his take on the future.

The future is an accident. It’s an accident because you explore. You have to go through with a machete and just hack away and find it. You can’t see it — you just have to go somewhere you haven’t been before. It’s not even about being so far into the future; it’s “How do you say what people want to hear next?” I’m always listening to what the younger kids are doing. The most inspiring stuff is what you find young kids doing online. It’s so raw. It’s, like, the singularity, the way children are interfacing with different technologies so seamlessly. I was in South Africa and went to this township, and the kids there had really cheap smartphones, and they could still build a window into another world, then adapt that to their culture. Some kids had D.J. gear in a little shack, and they were making this hack between house and African, like African house. Kids! Like, 8 years old. That’s where I’m getting ideas.

Intro from Ryan Bradley’s piece:

Lots of people pretend they’ve got tomorrow figured out: tech gurus, politicians, C.E.O.s and (yes) journalists. But if we’re honest with ourselves, the view ahead of us has never been murkier. That’s because the problems that most haunt our world today — climate change and pollution, inequality and war — are problems for which technology, long our spur to envisioning better futures, looks more like a cause than a solution. Our future is hard to imagine because we have trouble imagining how we can possibly act to improve it.

In that spirit, this Future Issue is offered less as a crystal ball than as a meditation on how to think about the future at all. Below, we’ve asked eight experts (through first-person testimonials, compiled by the journalist Ryan Bradley) to describe how they and their industries look forward.

 

Courtesy of: NY Times