From time to time I write about future possibilities. One thing that is definitively possible is our eventual encounter with intelligent extraterrestrial life. According to a recalculation of the Drake Equation, scientists have determined there is a significant chance there are other intelligent civilizations in our galaxy. The Drake Equation is a probabilistic calculation that determines the likelihood of other intelligent life emerging in the universe, assuming no external help like civilizations creating life and spreading it through intelligent design. As we uncover more information about our universe, we become more certain about some of the equation’s variables. …


We base our economy on very simple concepts: production, management of said production and consumption. We produce because we need to consume food, real estate, services, and more. We’ve been part of this equation for the longest time but now it is time to think about changing where we stand.

I describe in one of my previous articles, how we’re getting automated out of the production and most management tasks in this economy. AI and robots are getting better than we are at producing and offering the services we want to consume. In 10 to 15 years, human beings will…


Surviving the 4th Industrial Revolution requires a shift in mindset.

I usually write about the impact of technology, like artificial intelligence, on society and the economy. However, if you’ve read my other works, I sprinkle in a bit of psychology here and there, and with good reason. Human beings don’t like change and that all what I write about! And along with good psychology discussions, we must speak of neuroscience.

To create our own reality, we must see the world in the way we choose. This requires building new neuron pathways. That requires energy, thus effort. Therefore, unless we want…


We consider eugenics a dirty word. It often refers to beliefs and practices aimed at producing human beings deemed superior by whoever is in power. We have used the concept to create a better human race as a justification for many atrocities over the 20th century, including policy decisions to target a society’s most vulnerable communities. In the United States, it involved sterilizing tens of thousands of people, stringent immigration restrictions and public policies encouraging families with better social standing to make more children. …


Higher education institutions must adapt or die.

I’ve heard the words “adapt or die” many times regarding education institutions over the years. Things change, so institutions must adapt. Every time we think they’ll become obsolete; these organizations find a new way to remain relevant. I’ve read many articles saying technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) will be the end of higher education. If we assume these institutions remain as they are today, yes, those who don’t adapt to the times will fail. That is a historical fact. …


If our goal is for every person on the planet to live well, we should encourage less developed countries to increase their citizen’s purchasing power.


The difference between AI and humans is how they express theirs.

To understand the statement, we must be on the same page regarding what are human emotions. I like the simple explanation from The American Museum of Natural History:

“Your brain gets information from two different sources: Your senses tell you what’s going on in the outside world, while your emotions exist inside your body to tell you what these events and circumstances mean to you. Just as hunger motivates you to find food, emotions motivate you to take care of other needs — like safety and companionship — that…


As a Paradise Engineer, I always think about how we can build a great future, ushering in a Golden Age for humanity… I write and speak on the subject all the time. We already have the technology to do exactly that. However, we have a major roadblock between now and a great future: humanity is resistant to change. As an entrepreneur, innovator and futurist, this attitude is very frustrating. But as I explain below, I cannot fault people for being this way. Resistance to change is integrated into our biology. …


It’s easy to blame the government and big corporations for our financial woes. They are easy targets.

Unfortunately, if our economy is in shambles at any point in time, we must blame ourselves.

Our consumer behavior drives the markets, and in a cascade of cause and effect, we sometimes end up hurting our own purchasing power.

Case: We want cheaper products, so we buy from the Internet instead of the physical store.

Effect: Competing companies automate processes and manufacturing in countries where tax incentives are massive, and labour is cheap for tasks that cannot be automated.

Longer term: Jobs are…

Sylvain Rochon

Delegate of the World Future Society, author of “Engineering Paradise: Are You Ready?”, futurist, speaker and serial entrepreneur. www.sylvainrochon.com

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