“Our vision is to develop the economy of knowledge and learning throughout the Caribbean.”

A Vision of the Future

 

Society

Societies that continually learn, and that are built on learning will undoubtedly be the ones that thrive in the future. The rate of change has exploded through technology, innovation and the globalisation of an infrastructure that allows the fastest exchange of information the world has ever seen.

 

Employment

Employment is increasingly redefined by technology and new skills. The job market needs to respond in new ways to find talent. Skills will replace fixed knowledge and new jobs will replace the old. The most valued skills will centre around the ability to deconstruct problems and communicate findings to colleagues and audiences both on an interpersonal level and on a platform level across the world.

While traditional economies are predicated on the scarcity of resources, the knowledge economy is an exact contrast. The more these resources are shared, the more they are developed and the greater the abundance.

 

Artificial Intelligence

Through further advances in machine learning, societies will continue to develop systems that feed artificial intelligence with the data to make ever more advanced calculations. While the views on AI are vast and varied, machines present an opportunity for augmented learning. In its simplest form, think of our ability to access the world’s knowledge in real time from our phone. A bridge to all the knowledge ever collected by mankind literally exists in the palm of our hands. This empowers us to make better decisions based on a wider breadth of facts, accessed in a shorter amount of time.

As we make more and more of these decisions, we add to the pool of knowledge, thereby compoundly growing it through our use of it. Access points to this knowledge will continue to be invented, evidenced by the examples of personal assistants like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, and brain interfaces like Elon Musk’s proposed Neuralink project.

With this also ushers the age of autonomous devices. Vehicles, appliances and tools will learn to predict our behaviour, allowing for self driving cars, fridges that restock themselves and healthcare machines that can save lives based on a worldwide study of similar cases, computed in minutes.

 

The Abstraction of Infrastructure

As the ability to securely house more and more information develops, we will see a shift away from the need for physical infrastructure. The ability to think abstractly has been one of humanity’s crowning achievements. In the future, the definition of states, countries and governments will be restricted only by the size of the servers used to house them.

Theoretically, an entire government, all its policies and all its information can be stored in a data centre. This means that parliaments will no longer require a physical space to meet. Their ideas can be shared electronically, through a communal gathering of information.

This of course gives way to a new age of threats, targeted at these systems. Through cloud computing and redundancy measures, countries can be shut down, stored away and hidden with the click of a button. After threats have been eliminated, they can then be resuscitated, independent of the location of personnel.

This vision of globalization is being realised in an almost unsettling way through the examples of China’s social credit system, Estonia’s e-residency program, Singapore’s smart city initiatives and the global attempts thus far at blockchain technology.

We will live in a future that is independent of physical borders. Examples of this are already being realised through co-working spaces, location independent jobs, the gig economy and a digital nomad culture enabled by companies such as WeWork and Regus.

Augmented decisions will be made as the collective of humanity converges into one data centre. Wars and conflict will exist only as political devices, fought through the rights to privacy, information and financial transactions.

 

Sustainability

Learning requires vast amounts of energy. From foods that power our bodies and minds to electricity that powers our classrooms and computers. We will see the development of better technologies for the harnessing of energy. In a Caribbean context, we will see wind farms that use the wind that passes through our coastlines. Water technology that uses the motion of the seas to generate power. We will see new solar technology implemented on buildings, roads, and mountains.

Faced with obscene traffic challenges particularly in Port of Spain, we will see systems put in place for the regulation of vehicles and emissions entering major cities.

What if we found a way for vehicles to generate power by the turning of their wheels, for that power to then be harnessed through parking lots when the vehicles park for the day?

The possibilities for energy are endless, leading to a cleaner environment with green energy, paperless transactions and self sufficient school and home architecture.

 

Tomorrow, Today

We live in a world that is the predecessor for tomorrow’s innovation. The thought leaders and developers of the world are focused on a vision that extends decades into the future. We live in the Information Age of the future, yet our education systems are slow to adapt, governed by the dictatorship of the Industrial Age. Our children are being taught in outdated ways, using systems that were built for an age past. Our eligibility for jobs is still being determined by a system that is archaic at best. Today we are born as thinkers; rebels to a previous system that has ingrained a mentality of blind submission.

This is why Ciinq was created. To create the relay of information that provides pragmatic answers to current questions and to do our part to build a society that is ready for the future, today.

Dominic de Bourg

Founder, Ciinq