Envisioning 2118

Howard Zinn said, “The future is an infinite succession of presents.” 100 years from now, much will become a reality that we’re barely glimpsing and projecting toward today, with examples like LIGO, the Falcoln Heavy, CRISPR, Sophia and more. Artificial intelligence will reach greater capabilities and we will begin to design and augment our lives with increasingly complex, capable technology. The reality of the future will involve new dynamics, weaving human with AI in an interconnected web, placing a spotlight on the essence of our intentionality, free will, ethics, empathy, consciousness, and the capacity to love. 

In thinking about the future, the theme of choice is certainly ripe for debate (just watch an episode of HBO’s West World). Do we have a choice in each moment about how to be, how to live and how to design? If yes, how will our constructs of choice, ethics and decision-making involve AI?

Although we shouldn’t fear AI, our human capacity and relationship with technology is something that begs consideration. Constructed algorithms and user interfaces play right into our persuasions and addictions, leaving us hooked: unfulfilled and wanting more. But who’s to blame? The economic or popularity-driven models, the creators of those models, or ourselves as willing participants? 

We want to design a better world, with fashion that meets our desires. This is the merge, the synchronicity, of form and function, as new technologies develop to mirror and even amplify our intentions and expressions.

It’s a wise leadership call-to-action. Then, presence, both in virtual worlds and IRL, is measured by true quality. It becomes a case of how to live well together, and how to love. 

As we face 2118 and beyond with a blend of realism and optimism, looking to adopt the best mindsets, four “C” traits could well-define what it means to use both mindfulness and wisdom in pursuit of designing a better world: curiosity, compassion, creativity, and connection. Certainly, fashioning our future depends on our individual and collective humanity. 


Caitlin Krause is a globally-recognized innovation learning expert and keynote speaker. As founder of the MindWise consultancy, co-founder of The Center of Wise Leadership, a VR-AI specialist, and author of ‘Mindful by Design’ Caitlin contributes to building products and experiences that promote humanity, innovation and emotional intelligence. 

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 Artwork courtesy Sarah Carpenter: Torn.  Part of the Saatchi Gallery exhibition & competition  From Selfie to Self Expression (2017).   Sarah is an artist and designer with a background in dance choreography and theatre directing, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Design for Visual Communication from London College of Communication (part of University of the Arts London). She compares her process to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): the deconstructing, reconstructing and recycling of ideas. Sarah twists concepts and loves to challenge perceptions of how we view the world and its beauty.   More info & work of Sarah >>  |  @SFATEXAS

Artwork courtesy Sarah Carpenter: Torn.
Part of the Saatchi Gallery exhibition & competition From Selfie to Self Expression (2017).
Sarah is an artist and designer with a background in dance choreography and theatre directing, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Design for Visual Communication from London College of Communication (part of University of the Arts London). She compares her process to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): the deconstructing, reconstructing and recycling of ideas. Sarah twists concepts and loves to challenge perceptions of how we view the world and its beauty.
More info & work of Sarah >> | @SFATEXAS