Community Foresight

This week's community foresight challenge

The next-order impacts of next-generation transportation. Challenge ends Monday, October 5 at midnight ET.

Signals to consider: Better batteries, Covid-19, climate crisis and the Anthropocene, biases in AI, computer vision systems, electrical grid technology, interoperability, transportation-as-a-service.

Timeframe: between 2 - 5 years


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Last week's community foresight challenge: the futures of digital fashion


Previous community foresight scenarios

Scoring for public spaces, Ideal Future, 2030
by Betty Zhang, Digital Strategist at Versett, Canada

As wearables and gadgets to collect biomarkers became more common for personal use in the early 2020's software supporting it also was able to become more granular and better at predicting. Building on use cases of diabetics and athletes using wearables to monitor glands and nervous systems. In 2025 it had come so far that using a bundle of self measurments at home accurately where able to monitor and prescribe treatment for specific glands and some larger organs for people waiting for operations or donations. Treatments vary from taking a personalized drug to using brain stimulation and breathing techniques to stimulate different organs. In this way we have created synthetic software based external organs available in the cloud to support the physical ones.


Betrayed by your bladder, Pessimistic, 2030
Frédéric-Gérard Leveque, Digital Transformation independant consultant, Paris, France.
Twitter: @digitalizer

Continuous Health monitoring + iOT + Insurance.
The thing about quantifying human activity is that it always come with the promise of improving our lives. Especially when it comes to our health.

And COVID-19 will accelerate our need for better health monitoring. Insurers are particularly aware of it, hence they have already started to offer sports trackers in exchange of rebates (like John Hancock Vitality program). smart toothbrush based offers (like the SmartPremiums from Beam dental), connected watches (like Aetna subsidizing Apple Watches), and soon ... smart toilets (like the one under development by radiology professor Sanjiv “Sam” Gambhir) that will analyse your feces and give you advices about how to improve your diet). All these datas will inevitably impact your scoring (but you won't know how of course, nor how much the algorythm is biased). So, when you'll receive a raise in your insurance fees because you had a few too many drinks at a party and have been double-crossed by your connected loo, you'll think twice about joining your friends at your favorite bar.