What happened to the future? Why can’t we solve big problems anymore?

You promised me Mars colonies. Instead I got Facebook.

— Buzz Aldrin

It feels as if technologies have diverted us and enriched themselves with trivial toys, with things like iPhone and apps and social media and algorithms that speed automated trading. There’s nothing wrong with most of these things; they have expanded and enriched our lives. But they don’t solve humanities big problems. What happened to the future?

More … https://www.ted.com/talks/jason_pontin_can_technology_solve_our_big_problems#t-583228

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