Hi friends, as you are likely experiencing on a personal level - or at least reading about in the news - we are living in an era of rapid technological innovation.
I think this article does a great job summarizing what some of the boldest futurists are predicting for disruptive technologies in the decades to come:
Overall, they are predicting massive innovations that lead to trillions of dollars of market value:
- Deep learning
- Autonomous taxis
- 3D printing at scale
- Genome therapy
- Mobile transactions
- Robotics and automation
- Blockchain and cryptocurrencies
Overall, I am bullish about these advances. I think they are going to improve the quality of life for most people in dramatic ways. It is really exciting!
At the same time, these independent - and interlocking - technological advances are going to transform people’s expectations and our cultural realities.
For instance, will more people have, as an increasingly basic assumption - just obvious without reflection - that science and technology are the sources of salvation for our problems? When it is relatively cheap to have a suite of technologies that meet your personalized needs and desires, how will this change our presentation of the gospel and the pathways of discipleship?
As one line of thought, I think we will see increasingly relevance to G.K. Chesterton’s line, often quoted by Ravi: “Meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain. Meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure.”
I would welcome your insights on the relationship between rapid innovation and our calling to be faithful disciples and evangelists.