A Brief History of the Future

How New Forms of Human Augmentation Could Affect Our Brains

A rapidly changing modern world, with its technological advancements and pressing global issues, challenges traditional notions of what it means to be human. Designer Dani Clode shows Ari her third thumb invention and discusses how human augmentation raises questions about how these technologies will reshape our understanding of humanity.

How New Forms of Human Augmentation Could Affect Our Brains

9m 9s

  • Tomorrows: asset-mezzanine-16x9


    S1 E6 - 49m 50s

    Examine the ways we often see the future as a rigid and singular concept rather than the multiple possible futures before us, the crucial need to think much, much bigger about what could come next, and how we all have more personal agency than we realize.

  • Together: asset-mezzanine-16x9


    S1 E5 - 53m

    Humans are inherently social and throughout history our unique capacity for cooperation has set us apart. As we grow and evolve, the internal changes we enact have the potential to impact those around us, our broader communities and societies.

  • Human: asset-mezzanine-16x9


    S1 E4 - 53m 2s

    Ari explores the human ability to increase empathy and compassion, what values we are instilling into artificial intelligence technologies, and the need to create both a better world and a better humanity for life to flourish on this planet.

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