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FutureScapes March 25: Resilience

Welcome to this week’s edition of FutureScapes. Today we’re pleased to announce that we’ve added futurist and financial advisor James H. Lee’s book Resilience and the Future of Everyday Life to our online store. Scroll down a bit for more on James and the book.

And with our Future Day discount, pick up a copy of Resilience and the Future of Everyday Life for less than $7 with coupon code 20Futr until March 31st.

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Resilience and the Future of Everyday Life by James H. Lee

How can we sustain ourselves in a world turned upside-down?

That’s the central question of Resilience and the Future of Everyday Life. In this thought-provoking book, financial advisor and futurist James H. Lee explores the unprecedented challenges of the post-modern age.

Some see these problems–from financial chaos and exploding debt to career uncertainty and environmental worries–as proof that human society is on the verge of collapse. Lee looks past the doom and gloom and sees possibility instead. He asks, “What if the so-called ‘coming apocalypse’ leads not to societal collapse but a more resilient way of life? What if these global problems initiate a positive cultural transformation?”

There are signs of a grassroots revolution everywhere. The do-it-yourself ethos is bigger than ever.  Homesteading is back. People are rethinking consumption and re-imagining lifestyles. From co-housing to co-working, makerbots to microfarms, and repurposing to retooling, a major shift is underway.

With equal parts honesty and optimism, Lee guides readers beyond our contemporary troubles and into the everyday lives of people and communities who are discovering practical, livable solutions. Resilience and the Future of Everyday Life is for those who recognize our global challenges are real… and are ready to do something about it.

“Resilience…takes the reader from the paralyzing darkness of the “gloom and doom” we hear so much about to the path of getting off our butts and into action, creating the reality we want for our children and their children – the epitome of resilience!” – John Renesch, author of The Great Growing Up: Being Responsible for Humanity’s Future

Visit our store to pick up a copy today. Be sure to use coupon code 20Futr to receive 20% off of Resilience before March 31st.

Futures Finds in Media

The Windsor Debates – Artificial Intelligence via Roy Sheppard

A quick look at The Windsor Debates held last week in which our own Rohit Talwar spoke on artificial intelligence and its inevitable future in business.

The Future of Business: Book Review via lifeboat foundation

“The concepts developed through the pages of the book by many experts are fundamental to thrive in a world of exponential changes, where we have to carefully navigate in the middle of much uncertainty.”

Microsoft is deleting its AI chatbot’s incredibly racist tweets via Business Insider

When AI goes horribly, horribly, yet hilariously wrong. This is the fate of AI that learns from internet trolls.

Why You Don’t Need to Worry About Robots Taking Over Just Yet via Inc.

Arguments that the AI boom is a bit over-hyped. “The vast majority of the [AI] funding–about 70 percent–has gone to seed and angel rounds, which means the industry is still in its infancy.”

Royal Bank of Scotland Replaces Face-To-Face Financial Advice with “Robo-Advisers” & New Report Predicts Over 100,000 Legal Jobs Will Be Lost To Automation via Futurism

Whereas the beginning of automation killed blue collar jobs, we’re now seeing nascent AI take over white collar careers.

The Largest Coal Plant in North America is Being Replaced by a Solar Farm via Futurism

Great news for planet earth brought to you by Ontario. In 2014 Ontario completely phased out coal and as a result, they’ve reduced smog days from 109 between 2005-07, to zero in 2015.

MIT researchers plan “death of traffic light” with smart intersections via dezeen

As autonomous cars take over, researchers at MIT believe that traffic lights will become obsolete. They’ve developed a conceptual traffic system that would enable driverless vehicles to drive through intersections without colliding, eliminating lights and cutting pollution.

South Korea trumpets $860-million AI fund after AlphaGo ‘shock’ via nature

“The commitment includes an already-budgeted 138.8 billion won for 2016; if the rest is spread evenly over the following four years, it represents a 55% increase in annual funding for AI.”

The last job on Earth: imagining a fully automated world via Guardian Animations

Step into a beautifully animated futurescape that explores our automated future and some of the frustrations that go with it.

This Guy Fixed His Teeth for Cheap With Homemade, 3-D–Printed Retainers via Slate

16 weeks with his self-designed, 3D printer retainers and this guy straightened his own teeth. This is definitely not the last time we’ll see 3D printing employed for body modification.

Updates & Offers


We’re in the last days of the Future Day Sale. Here’s what we’ve got up for grabs until March 31st:

Visit our store and be sure to use coupon code FutrDay for 65% off The Future of Business or 20Futr for 20% off all other books.

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