001 The Trans-Arctic Rail Ticket: With climate change looming over us, most of the Arctic ice will melt by the year 2030. Countries around the Arctic Circle have already started talking about a new “Arctic Silk Route” to make trading easier, cheaper and faster. Capitalist utopia / environmental dystopia.
002 Administering Turing Tests on Phonecalls: As technological giants figure out ways of using voice AI to have conversations that resemble humans, and to deploy voice AI in telecommunication sectors; might it be a crucial skill for humans to learn how to administer Turing tests on phonecalls? Would that help us be sure whether a caller is a person, or a bot?
003 Interplanetary Dial Codes: When humanity finally sets up self sustaining colonies on different celestial bodies in the solar system, in what ways would we setup communication infrastructure between them? What would the meaning and worth of nations be, when there’s more than one world to set up nations on?
004 Should all our microphones be AI-powered to filter out digressing and misleading statements, implausible claims and utter lies from our political leaders?
005 In a world where climate has sharply changed causing severely high temperatures, might we use techniques like CRISPR to bio-hack our way into saving our skins — quite literally? A great technological achievement in the face of a massive ecological failing. Also, an easy way for corporations to earn money off a dire situation. Artwork by Matteo Bandi and Viraj Joshi http://matteobandidesign.com