A Review of TEDxBerlin 2012 "Thinking Change" TEDxBerlin 2012 "Future 3.0"

Welcome to Digitalised Society – A Review of Future 3.0

Greater interconnectivity, as outlined by René Schuster of Telefónica, may be the key. By 2020 there will be 50 billion connected devices on earth - from the washing machine to your coffee mug, he predicted. In his view, this change will be as big as the machine age during the industrial revolution. By introducing examples from today - like virtual supermarkets in Korea, connected furniture and tweeting plants - he gave a preview on how the connected world might look like in the future. As Schuster stated, "We are the last generation living in an unconnected world. So we should embrace this change and take advantage of it."

From Nina Gaissler's robotic jellyfish, Raúl Rojas' self-driving car, or to René Schuster stating that there are six billion mobile phones in the world, yet only 4.2 billion toothbrushes; TEDxBerlin’s Future 3.0 presented an inspirational and international group of eleven speakers that discussed the cutting-edge developments, how we have entered a global, digital revolution and how these technological advancements are materialising in our digitalised society today. 

Will glass fibres replace nerve fibres one day? Will we be able to grow our own heart? According to Nina Tandon, yes. Transplants made to order may one day become a reality thanks to tissue engineering and Massimo Banzi's open-source electronics prototyping platform, Arduino, is paving the way for Scientists like Nina Tandon to reshape our future. Learning maths through monopoly or discovering a previously unknown protein through Foldit have become possible thanks to Gamification, which was discussed by its Chairman Gabe Zichermann. We were introduced to a radically new form of green energy through Laurence Kemball-Cooks Pavegen tiles, which he hopes will one day turn the world's cities into human powerplants.  

Food for thought was given by Professor Ulrich Reinhardt, Head of the Foundation of Future studies in Germany, who stated, "we should expect less from technology's advancements and more from ourselves". Leisure time has experienced a tremendous shift due to technological advancements. Even TV is being challenged by increased individualisation and a need to curate, an issue which Conrad Fritzsch has addressed with tape.TV. Moving away from the Scientific aspects of our future, Hannes Koch presented London based art collective, rAndom International's, installation cocktail of art and science that challenged our form of perception with a 3D mirror.

In a world that is so fast paced that it can sometimes be hard to keep up, media technologist Deanna Zandt reminds us of what is really important. She spoke of the need for increased interaction and networking, that “relationships are the cornerstone of everything we do” and why networking passionately is a defining need of our future workspace.


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