Civilization: Institutions, Knowledge and the Future [Video]

On Au­gust 23rd I gave a talk or­ga­nized by the Fore­sight In­sti­tute on some of the top­ics I reg­u­larly write about.

The video.

Our civ­i­liza­tion is made up of countless in­di­vi­d­u­als and pieces of ma­te­rial tech­nol­ogy, which come to­gether to form in­sti­tu­tions and in­ter­de­pen­dent sys­tems of lo­gis­tics, de­vel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion. Th­ese in­sti­tu­tions and sys­tems then store the knowl­edge re­quired for their own re­newal and growth.
We pin the hopes of our com­mon hu­man pro­ject on this re­newal and growth of the whole civ­i­liza­tion.
Whether this pro­ject is go­ing well is a challeng­ing but vi­tal ques­tion to an­swer.
His­tory shows us we are not safe from in­sti­tu­tional col­lapse. Ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy miti­gate some as­pects, but pro­duce their own risks. Agile in­sti­tu­tions that make use of both so­cial and tech­ni­cal knowl­edge not only miti­gate such risks, but promise un­prece­dented hu­man flour­ish­ing.
Watch this video where we in­ves­ti­gate this land­scape, eval­u­ate our odds, and try to plot a bet­ter course.