What if the world were your oyster – if you had all the energy, all the answers, all the resources you need to do whatever you’d like to do, within reason, and address specific problems and challenges? What if you knew, or could easily figure out, the answer to some of the world’s greatest challenges – from the cure to cancer to the challenge of overpopulation, from global warming to the ongoing survival and well-being of mankind, from the origin of the big bang to living outside and beyond our solar system.
In today’s quickly-changing world, powered by ground-breaking technology-based transformations that are dynamic, immersive, relevant and real, it’s hard to imagine what the next chapter will bring, and easy to see that bright minds are focused on addressing remaining challenges one by one.
Assuming that this happens, and we are all so much more powerful – limitless even – what can we do to ensure that we remain compassionate and human, ethical and logical in applying our faculties and resources?
- Will we be wise enough to define the right problem to solve?
- Will tribal knowledge be collected and also be factored in?
- Will we be able to collaborate with the right people to make the right near-term and long term solution?
- Will we be patient enough to vet solutions to make sure that they deliver intended results?
- Will we be able to prioritize which problems to solve first and how many resources would be allocated to which problems?
- Will we be able to get the buy-in from the right people to implement solutions?
- Will we be able to test amongst many options?
- Will we be able to elegantly rewind a choice already made?
- Will we be able to do the ‘right’ thing for all stakeholders involved?
- Will we be able to have sufficient oversight to prevent people from unilaterally making decisions that affect others without their permission?
If the answer is no for any of the above, how can we plan-fully prepare for this whole new world?