This is an ongoing, running list identifying what we at RotoLab believe to be the major influencers of the future trajectory – ultimately altering the course of cultural evolution on the scale of the industrial revolution. It is similar to that compiled by Klause Schwab in his book The Fourth Industrial Revolution which we recommend you read.

These Drivers of Change have been broken down into two segments. First, we will look at those that affect external forces such as the making, moving and governing of things. Second we will look to the internal forces that affect the way the mind/body learns, heals and evolves

Items are nested only if they cannot exist without the parent item. In the case of Basic Universal Income, while it is central to the conversation of Automation, it is not required for automation, nor does it require automation, hence, a separate technology.

Automation (Electrify)

Sources: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603170/mining-24-hours-a-day-with-robots/, https://www.technologyreview.com/s/513746/baxter-the-blue-collar-robot/, https://www.technologyreview.com/s/600768/10-breakthrough-technologies-2016-robots-that-teach-each-other/, https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603465/the-relentless-pace-of-automation/, https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603431/as-goldman-embraces-automation-even-the-masters-of-the-universe-are-threatened/

Artificial Intelligence (Cognify)

Deep Learning:

Sources:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/513696/deep-learning/, https://www.technologyreview.com/s/600768/10-breakthrough-technologies-2016-robots-that-teach-each-other/

Computation

Global

Sources:

https://www.amazon.com/Stack-Software-Sovereignty-Studies/dp/026202957X

Ubiquitous

Sources:

Quantum

Sources:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603438/can-a-powerful-new-quantum-computer-convince-the-skeptics/

Democracy

DAO

Sources:

https://techcrunch.com/2016/05/16/the-tao-of-the-dao-or-how-the-autonomous-corporation-is-already-here/, https://www.fastcompany.com/3047462/the-humans-who-dream-of-companies-that-wont-need-them

Voting Apps

Sources:

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/239332-can-artificial-intelligence-solve-americas-crisis-democracy, http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-info/mobile-apps/, http://www.dancarlin.com/product/common-sense-312-re-connections-with-james-burke/

 

Income Equality

Basic Income

Sources:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601499/basic-income-a-sellout-of-the-american-dream/, https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/how-to-keep-our-robots-lose-our-jobs-and-prosper, http://www.wired.co.uk/article/universal-basic-income-utopia

Tiered Economies

Sources:

https://www.amazon.com/Glass-Bead-Game-Magister-Novel/dp/0312278497, https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-a-two-tier-economy-is-reshaping-the-u-s-marketplace-1422502201

 

Nanotechnology

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outline_of_nanotechnology

Nanofabrication

Sources:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/526521/microscale-3-d-printing/, https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603511/3-d-printed-skin-leads-the-way-toward-artificial-organs/, https://www.technologyreview.com/s/534976/nano-architecture/, http://www.dancarlin.com/product/common-sense-312-re-connections-with-james-burke/

Self Organization

Sources:

Nanorobotics

Sources:

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/08/nanobot-treatment-doctors-cancer/400613/

Transportation

Efficient High Speed Travel

Sources:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602559/the-hyperloop-pod-squad/, http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-supersonic-jets-20170202-story.html, https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/06/the-first-hyperloop-test-is-now-just-months-away

Economic Space Access / Travel (LEO & Beyond)

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/600767/10-breakthrough-technologies-2016-reusable-rockets/, https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/176625-60000-miles-up-geostationary-space-elevator-could-be-built-by-2035-says-new-study

Driverless cars

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/600772/10-breakthrough-technologies-2016-tesla-autopilot/, http://jalopnik.com/uber-is-doomed-1792634203, https://www.wired.com/2016/09/self-driving-autonomous-uber-pittsburgh/

Propulsion

Sources:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/nasa-says-emdrive-does-work-it-may-have-also-created-star-trek-warp-drive-1499098, http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/emdrive-aiaa-confirms-release-date-controversial-nasa-eagleworks-space-propulsion-paper-1579443, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2015.07.002, http://www.forbes.com/sites/ethansiegel/2015/05/04/no-nasa-did-not-accidentally-invent-warp-drive

 

Transaction & Distributed Ledger Technology

Blockchain

Sources:

https://www.hyperledger.org/industries, http://www.coindesk.com/blockchain-hiring-difficulties-becoming-industry-concern/

Bitcoin

Sources:

http://www.coindesk.com/information/who-is-satoshi-nakamoto/, https://news.bitcoin.com/smart-contracts-bitcoin-security-interview-qtums-patrick-dai/

Tangle

Sources:

https://iota.org/IOTA_Whitepaper.pdf

 

Interface

Sources:

Touch

Sight

Sound

Smell

Taste

Thought

Machine

Free Energy

Cold Fusion

Sources:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/cold-fusion-lives-experiments-create-energy-when-none-should-exist1/, https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601482/go-inside-trialpha-a-startup-pursuing-the-ideal-power-source/, https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601388/why-the-worlds-largest-nuclear-fusion-project-may-never-succeed/, https://www.technologyreview.com/s/600712/experimental-fusion-reactor-switched-on-in-germany/

Thorium

Sources:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/545406/advanced-nuclear-startup-terrestrial-energy-lands-initial-funding/, https://whatisnuclear.com/articles/thorium.html, https://www.technologyreview.com/s/545586/energy-department-funds-two-advanced-nuclear-programs/

Zero Point

Sources:

http://lightworksav.com/freeenergy-theracetozeropointdvd.aspx, http://www.calphysics.org/zpe.html, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-baksa/zero-point-field_b_913831.html

Dyson Spheres & Dots

Sources:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2012.10.022, http://earthsky.org/space/what-is-a-dyson-sphere, http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/deep-space/a11098/could-we-build-a-dyson-sphere-17110415/, https://futurism.com/could-humanity-ever-really-build-a-dyson-sphere/, http://www.centauri-dreams.org/?p=12491,

Transmission

Sources:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/513736/supergrids/

 

MiEducation / Life Long Learning Systems

Sources:

AI/Siri Tutor (Exponential Education)

Virtual & VR Schools

MOOCS

Flipped Classroom

 

The Mind

Mindfulness

Psycedelics

Sources:

https://www.amazon.com/Opening-Doors-Perception-Cosmic-Awareness/dp/1780289081, https://thethirdwave.co/podcasts/

The Brain

Neuroscience

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/535016/internet-of-dna/, https://www.technologyreview.com/s/526501/brain-mapping/, https://www.technologyreview.com/s/513681/memory-implants/

Genomics

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/526511/genome-editing/, https://www.technologyreview.com/s/600763/10-breakthrough-technologies-2016-immune-engineering/, https://www.technologyreview.com/s/600765/10-breakthrough-technologies-2016-precise-gene-editing-in-plants/, https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603633/us-panel-endorses-designer-babies-to-avoid-serious-disease/

Gerontology

Sources:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603087/googles-long-strange-life-span-trip/

Autism

Alzheimers

Sources:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/535006/brain-organoids/

Telemedicine

Sources:

Wearable Tech / BioMetrics  / NeuroMetrics

Sources:

Non Invasive Surgery / Immunology

Sources: