Movies are the vision someone has of the future. They are like books (12 books to read), but we see what the maker wants us to see.
Following movies I think a worth watching. I have seen of them, some of them more than once. Every movie has a message for us. Every movie lets you think about the future.
The movies discuss the consequences of artificial intelligence, robotics, virtualization, genetics, uploading, time travel, multi-dimensions and space conquest. They challenge us to define, how much control belongs to the state, how we treat the poor and the rich, what system of ruling we accept.
These movies I recommend for everyone loving to think how the future might be.
Fun way to start to think about the future for humans. Are machines our slaves?
Strategic, some Action
Action, be aware that by 2030 there will be 1 robot on earth for every human.
Action, think about facebook and oculus rift
Just beautiful and nostalgic
Great mini series of BBC, asks some good questions how society changes with technologies.
Action, like Call of Duty with virtual reality
Great movie, will genetic engineering divide or unite human society?
Action, too much dystopia. However Elysium itself looks great.
Our way to compete agains other intelligences
Watch it, if you want to know, if a machine should be like a human. Artificial Intelligence and its implications. Sweet ending.
Mind changing movie.
Old. However should be on your list.
Time Travel + Action
More Time Travel + Action + old
What is the fourth dimension?
Creepy movie, a must-have to watch. Is Artificial Intelligence our friend or enemy?
That stuff is real. Police can prevent crimes before they happen trough big data predictions. And nobody cares.
Tributes of Panem
Don’t mind the games, but observe the three class system of societies.
Quiet movie. What happens if you fall in love with an artificial intelligence?
Thought about uploading before?
Where are we humans coming from?
I don’t know why. I have seen it over and over.
The best series of my youth. I have named Asgard after it.
It is usual that jobs are disappearing. We do not have any need for knights, stock traders, deathsman or cashiers. Jobs were created (programmer, consultants, investment bankers). However there is a new wave of employments, which seem to disappear in the next 20 years: truck drivers, pilots, soldiers, cooks, lawyers, journalists and many more.
Technology makes work more productive
From an historical perspective, is common that jobs are created and replaced during economic and social change. Happily we do not need slave traders anymore. There are no job openings for charburner or hangman.
Only a few years ago you walked to a travel agent to book your flight, hotel or rental car. Today you do it online with Trivago or Kayak.
In the middle of the 70s we reached the climax of the industrial revolution (measurement: jobs). Since then we all know, that a job in heady industry does not have the greated perspective here in western Europe.
You still go to the bank to get cash from a cashier, or do you use the ATM? One job less which is needed and will disappear.
We have special times. In my opinion our imagined future arrives earlier than many expect. That means jobs will be faster replaced by advanced robotics, artificial intelligence and automated bots, than we think. It has nothing do with humans. It lays in the nature of capitalism, to go for the cheaper, faster and most reliable solution.
Here is my list of 22 jobs, which may not exit anymore in 20 years. And even the jobs will still exist, less people will be needed to execute it.
For sure no one will fly with a plane, which does not have a human pilot. However packages do not care. Already now we see flying drones, which are steered or even automated. It is only a matter of time, when the first cargo planes are starting and landing without human help in the cockpit.
Germany had one an army of 15 Million soldiers. Today there are less than 200.000. Why do we still needs soldiers? Americans are showing us pretty well, how to “play” war with missiles and drones.
And everyone knowing Boston Dynamics (bought by Google – what are they up to?), is aware of future robots.
To be honest, these videos scare me.
Already today you can order a 3D printed home. Or you receive a new house within two days:
Have a look at this great TED talk by Andreas Raptopoulos. You will understand.
Who enjoys to run around at dark backyards for 6 € an hour? Innovations like the K5 from Knightscope may change that.
Skype instant translation and Microsoft. That could be enough one day.
Call center agents
Do you know the video, where IBM Watson beats the best humans at Jeopardy?
If machines already understand meaning and can combine knowledge. Why should that not be possible at tele sales?
The same as in tele sales. Most questions for support are standardized. There is a Berlin startup working with semantic deep machine learning to read and understand support emails. The software can answers most emails and only forward the difficult ones to human employees.
A Berlin based Startup offers instand legal consulting based on artificial intelligence. Rocket Laywer and Legal Zoom help you to create any kind of documents within one click. There will be always need for a lawyer as long as humans fight, however hopefully we need less than today.
In Barcelona garbage collection is already automated:
I do not say that we do not need cooks anymore. However there are already 3D printers for food. Imagine you come home, starving and tired. You just press a button and fresh food is printed for you. Does not sound sexy, but still fills your stomach.
Or you are in a restaurant, order food with a tablet and a robot delivers it:
Does not have an intellectual flair but serves its purpose:
Well, just have a look:
The Berlin based Startup Desendo works at a virtual AI based assistant.
What will happen with all these people?
I could go on with this list. It is scary. Just imagine following for the USA: 4.5 million sales people, 3.3 million cashiers, 3 million service workers, 2.4 million waiters, 2.4 million working in customer services, 2 million janitors. What will happen, when these 18 million jobs are not needed anymore?
Why are we still educating young peoples for jobs, which maybe will not exist when they finish school?
Present time is pretty wonderful. Last week I held a speech at the birthday party of my grandmother. She turned 85. My speech was about the change of the last 85 years. The change for our nation. Our people. For past and current generations of humans living in western countries. Did you know that women in Germany were not allowed to work without the permission of their husband until 1977? And did you know, that Germany (and most of other european countries, I guess) have the longest period of peace since ever? 70 years without war on German soil. That never happened before. And I am pretty thankful for that.
The main point is, life got really better over the last decades. We have more free time. We work less (Work is easier than ever). We live longer. We are healthier. We earn more money. And we can buy more than we ever wanted.
We have the longest lifetime for the last 15.000 years
200 years ago, most people died at the 30 years of age on average. 30 years! If you are older, you maybe wouldn’t live anymore. One of the main reasons for early death were infections. A small fever could kill you. I am thankful for (re)discovery of antibiotics.
A short side notice: until 15.000 b.c. humans were hunters & gatherers. In contrast to common perception our ancestors did not die young. Newest research assume that your early tribal forefathers lived for 60 to 70 years, if they did not die from an unnatural cause. I guess the right food (no extra sugar, no extra fat, no supplement, no gen modification), enough sex, no arguments about property, physical activities and social contacts are ingredients for a long lasting life.
And today? Children born in this decade have the possibility to live for 100 years. We just needed 15.000 years to reach this level – again.
We die later than we used to
There are two reasons people die. First, they get sick. The better the health system is, the less people die from a minor infection. Second, we get killed. By accidents, cars or people.
There are several reasons that we get killed less often. Crime rate is not really an key issue anymore (also thanks to AI) for personal safety. Just compare your life to countries like Somalia, Mexiko or downtown Los Angeles – where you get shot just for your skin color or expensive looking shoes. I am glad, that I can walk everywhere I want in Berlin and still feel safe most of time.
Thanks to insurances and our legal system, we even do not fear accidents anymore (accident insurance), poverty among the elderly (pension fonds), children (child allowance), layoffs (unemployment insurance) and sickness (health insurance).
Did you know, that we used lead pipes for water transport? Or imagine the times, when there was heavy industry in your city (steel, chemistry, coal). Conveniently we outsourced the dirty businesses to China, Russia and Brasil.
Additionally we have access to any kind of foods for every wanted diet. You can buy fresh fruits all the year round. You have a fridge and freezer to save them for a longer period. We do not need to eat potato soup every day of the year anymore.
We are richer than ever
The more money people have in their pockets, the less the needs to steel, rob or kill are. Social stability helps everyone to live longer and less stressful.
There are always the greedy ones, who get more than they should. As there was always a king, a pope and aristocracy. Every system brings economic inequality. That is why it is important to share a bit of our wealth to prevent a class of working poor – as we europeans already do compared to our friends in the USA.
You work less and still have a better job
As I have stated, you earn better. Why? Because you work harder? I guess not. 1870 the average working time in western countries was 72 hours per week. Today we have a 35 hour week in France. And people still earn more than in 1870. Why? We are better educated. We adapt to change. We use technology.
Only 300 years ago 85 % of people worked as farmers. I tell you, growing up on the countryside, that was really tough work. You had to sleep with the animals in a room. You had to work outside every day. Physical work. Hard work. Exhausting work.
Today less than 1,5 % of our workforce are farmers. Most people have pretty easy jobs: traveling, sitting in a air-conditioned office, having a company credit card, bonus payment and intellectual challenging tasks.
We won lots of free time in the last decades. While earning more. While living safer and healthier.
You can buy more
Life today is better than kings lived 150 years ago.
Today the bottom 99 % have more than the top 1 % used to have.
We have internet, a fridge, supermarkets, cars, planes, cell phones, computers, electricity and flushing toilettes.
The iPhone in your pocket has more processing power than 90’s computers. And you do not need to pay millions $ for it.
I am excited to look forward to our future. Improvement is accelerating. That means there are some surprises to be expected. Hopefully the future brings us a long life in health and abundance (mobility, security, family, entertainment, food, etc).