We live in a sci-fi movie. What once seemed too incredible to be possible now seems one kickstarter campaign away. We can learn anything for free. We can share ideas with anyone in the world instantaneously. We can see and be seen by hundreds—even millions—from our living rooms. With every new possibility comes new opportunity, and with every new possibility come new challenges. Starting April 8th, for 5 weeks, we’re going to expand our vision of what’s possible in our time while leveraging timeless wisdom to avoid some of the pitfalls. Let’s gain the world without losing our souls.
At the current, thrilling pace of innovation, can we finally evolve beyond some of our barbaric past? Surely humanity can start to live healthier, kinder and more connected. So why are we seeing more isolation, more violence, more classism and more division than ever? Maybe, despite all of our advancements, there’s a lesson every generation has to re-learn.
It has never been easier to learn. You can learn everything from “How to bake brownies” to “How to play Stairway to Heaven” at any time for free. We have more knowledge at our literal fingertips than any previous generation. So, why does it sometimes seem like we’re no more discerning? No more prudent? What is the one pursuit that helps us make the most of all this data—and avoid becoming educated fools?
Social Media is a bona-fide addiction. Though it may not be something everyone suffers, everyone suffers for it. The ability to see people’s lives and invite other’s into our lives and expression is wonderful. But the net result is still largely negative. Bottom line: The more social media we engage, the worse we feel about ourselves. Can the trend be turned?
We can’t make up our minds. On the one hand, we’re growing more and more uncomfortable with how much of our information is out there. Is there any privacy left? But, on the other hand, there are some people who don’t mind sharing ever.
The average American spends 2 hours on email and 2 hours on social media platforms every day—and no matter what apps get developed, we only seem to devote more of ourselves. Maybe we enjoy some of it, but most people would say they wish they could get some of that time back. As we wrap up our series, we solve the biggest danger of all—the demand for your attention.