In this week’s article we’re going to continue our exercise in futurism and imagine a world post-4th industrial revolution. Taking Alain Demasio’s ‘regime of the trace’ as a starting point, we’ll take a detour into the era of the ‘deep fake’ before we enter into the age of the ‘deep truth’.
What I did just read is an interpolation. Anyone is can easily do it, and most people actually do this, just like mass culture - generating an echo chamber of what “will” happen only by looking at short trends. The blockchain trend is very young and its impact on our society currently is incredibly insignificant.
If you look at the history of evolutions in general, you can see a trend of exponentially accelerating growth with each phase maturing in shorter and shorter timespans. Think life evolution (billions of years), human evolution (millions of years), industrial evolution (hundreds of years), digital evolution (some 50 years), then now AI / blockchain evolution. If you look at it this way, it would seem ignorant to point to the short term nature of things and say they are insignificant.
However, I must agree that blockchain is still in the early stages of life and there are bound to be more breaking changes that will model and re-model our future, though one should still put more weight into the chances of “short trends” manifesting themselves into impactful global movements.