2035 doesn’t seem like an awfully distant point in the future – and it isn’t. However, the pace of change continues to accelerate and we are making significant advances in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, genetics, and other potentially disruptive fields. How will advancements in these areas combine with each other, with a changing global power dynamic, and with environmental changes to transform the world we live in? Who benefits? Who loses? And what are the unintended consequences of it all?
The Atlantic Council’s The Art of the Future Project engages artists, writers, futurists, and others on these topics and seeks to aggregate and distill their creative thinking into material which can inform and guide the politicians, analysts, and decision-makers who will have a hand in how wildly disruptive advancements or challenges are managed.
Two things really set this project apart. First, it is amazingly open to different perspectives. There is no group-think or aversion to new ideas here. A lot of initiatives will claim the same openness but bureaucracy or bias will creep in and eventually dull the product. It is, unfortunately, more common than not. The project’s openness to outside participation is also encouraging. Literally anyone can submit a creative work for review. This is an outstanding opportunity for non-traditional but visionary thinkers to sidestep bureaucratic obstacles or traditional silos and have their work presented to people who are in position to act on it.
The group is currently seeking new submissions via one of their featured challenges. Winners will receive a $500 honorarium. While the monetary award is nice I suspect most Blogs of War readers will find the opportunity to be part of the conversation even more rewarding. Click through for submission details and (fast approaching) deadlines and good luck.