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.