WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF
Nothing stands still and everything accelerates. Our annual Griffin Emerging Technology Starbursts are your way to quickly visualise these changes and envision their impact on global culture, industry, and society.
THIS CODEX AND its companion Codex, the 311 Institute Exponential Technology Codex, which explores the future and deep future and all of the exponential technologies listed on our Starbursts in greater detail, is your front row seat to the future.
In the past twenty years humanity has made more technological progress than we did in the previous five hundred, and in the next thirty years we will make more progress than we did in the previous twenty thousand – a staggering achievement by any measure. And all of tomorrow’s new industries, products and services, will have their foundations in the technologies we are developing today, many of which, like Artificial Intelligence, will be as revolutionary as the invention of electricity and fire.
As the rate of change accelerates, in some areas at what seems like breakneck speed, our ability to track all the developments and their downstream implications will continue to become more challenging. That’s what drove me to create the Starbursts in this Codex, and the Codex of the Future Series – a set of living Codices that I hope will become a single point of reference for people who want to see what the future holds for us all.
Today just under half of the world’s population is connected, and while that figure will continue to tick upwards over the next decade, for those of us who are fortunate enough to be able to tap into its democratising power, technology is giving us all the ability to transform our lives, and the lives of everyone around us, in ways that very few people could imagine less than two generations ago – let alone fifty years ago. And if we have come this far in just fifty years, then just imagine what the next fifty holds…
Today is the slowest that we’ll move ever again, and while the future holds great promise it’s important to remember we are all just caretakers in time, and that each of us has the responsibility, and the power, to safeguard and improve not just our lives and the lives of everyone on our blue planet, but also the lives and livelihoods of future generations.
Together we can change the world, and, as we create our legacy, the legacy of a better future, we owe it to each other to make sure noone is left behind. My sincerest regards to you all,