For over a million years we lived as hunter-gatherers in small family groups, for thousands of years we lived as farmers in small villages, for 200 years we lived in cities and built industry. Now we live globally in a world that is changing faster every day than ever before through new ideas and technologies.
Sickness and mortality? Scarcity of material goods? Humans as the most intelligent beings? How very 20th century!
Our history has not prepared us for these changes, Our cultures, ideologies and religions provide no answers to many of the new questions we are faced with. Trying to impose old world views or ways of doing things on a new world is a recipe for failure, whether you are a company, government or individual.
For businesses the challenge will be to provide valuable products in a world where many things that were expensive in the recent past have quickly become very cheap or essentially free. Governments will struggle to remain relevant in a world that moves much faster than they can and where geographical location is becoming less and less important for the individual citizens' identity, income and social network.
New technological possibilities usually come packaged with a new set of problems. Whether planet-eating nanobots are possibly is something that remains to be seen. Good to know there's at least a few people like the Foresight Institute and CRN thinking about counter-measures. Below a funny video about how things could seriously get out of control.