THE FUTURIAN #6
We truly live in an information age. The development of computing over the past fifty years, combined with advances in networking technology and the miniaturisation of devices, have all combined to have changed radically the world in which we live. A simple glance at the world of 1972 will show how different things were in those days. Business was paper based. Systems were analogue. Travel was an exotic thing. Well, perhaps that hasn’t changed too much, but we now live in an age of relative mass travel. And yet, some aspects of the past fifty years still contain this anachronism. This is the topic of Issue #6 of The Futurian — the cyber world.
We intend to look at aspects of the modern world that haven’t quite updated as much as they might. Paul Tero starts the process by considering a retrospective from 2050 that charts the potential differences between now and then. We then turn to Charlie Garrud to pilot us through the issue of data storage in an era of rapid technological change. How will we access all of the mountains of data currently being collected? Kevin Jae goes on to consider the ownership and exploitation of these masses of data. How much of our data is truly ours?
The foray into future business models blends into Charlotte Aguilar-Millan’s consideration of the weightless company. A data driven company needs no assets, so where does that leave us? Samyak Rai Leekha goes on to examine the use of space for data processing and transmission, whilst asking if terrestrial conflict is migrating to space? Finally, that then makes way for my piece which asks if a cyber-attack is necessarily an act of war?
We hope that you enjoy this range of articles. Please feel free to contact us if you have any feedback on the articles. If you would like to write for future editions of The Futurian, please contact us. We are currently looking to expand our writers group.
Look out for Issue #7 of The Futurian, which is due to be published late September 2022, and which will be our issue on the future of the USA, just in time for the mid-term elections.
© Stephen Aguilar-Millan (Editor) 2022