Having recently designed an Innovation Pavilion for the World Government Summit in Dubai, we attended the event and also visited the so-called Museum of the Future. It showcased a series of innovations focused on augmented social and physical abilities. Moving inside a cavernous womb we discovered a fascinating new world of possibilities which look and feel so real.
Would you like to get some new knees fitted for you (and your kids) to enhance your skiing performances? Would you trust a super computer to determine your career based on an algorithm? From an instant earplug translator to brain operated mailing system, the visitor is repeatedly asked their choice with the implantation of such devices into their body.
Whilst some of these innovative tools seem to be realistic and could have a purpose, the limit with laziness and servitude somehow seem to be frightening.
If tomorrow we are all enhanced intelligent athletes, what will be the new ways to excel and outshine? And what will happen to the ones who can’t afford it…