|News from the Future curated by Institute for the FutureSept 3, 2020 – Issue #46|
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Can IoT counteract racist medical textbooks?
Surprising no one, it turns out medical textbooks are skewed to diagnose White people. But what if the IoT could diagnose patients and track their symptoms?
Cuddling in the time of COVID
Robotic pets are helping socially isolated seniors during the pandemic. Will an animated companion help Grandma tweak her reality?
Veggie gardens are…growing
For the first time since WWII, victory gardens are on the rise. Maybe it’s coronavirus. Maybe it’s the coming election. Maybe it’s hyper-urbanization.
Happy meals for the planet
Ah, Labor Day picnics. The typical hamburger’s carbon footprint is super-sized, though; better patronize a Swedish carbon-negative burger franchise.
NFL to host fan “pods” for 2020
With autumn is around the corner, in the U.S. that means NFL games. Which means clustered seating. Welcome to the future of entertainment!
Future Factors is IFTF’s proprietary, easy-to-use platform for sharing and synthesizing signals from today that are likely to affect the transformation of tomorrow.IFTF Ten-Year Forecast 2020 is
IFTF’s annual Ten-Year Forecast Summit happens this year from September 14 to 25, with special appearances and the latest future forecasts. Our first-ever 100% virtual event promises to be an immersive, transportive experience with a wide range of experts:IFTF’s Executive Director Marina Gorbis will be sharing scenarios from IFTF’s After the Pandemic: What Happens Next? to identify the leverage points for transformation in the coming decade and beyond.Bina Venkataraman, author of The Optimist’s Telescope and Editorial Page Editor for The Boston Globe.Yancey Strickler, Co-founder of Kickstarter and author of This Could Be Our Future.Daily experiences designed by IFTF Game Research & Development Director Jane McGonigal, author of SUPERBETTER and Reality is Broken.Executive sessions with IFTF Distinguished Fellow Bob Johansen on spring boarding from a crisis, executive development, and full-spectrum thinking for racial justice.If you’re not yet an IFTF Vantage partner but interested in attending TYF2020, please contact John Clamme.How Will Power Spread in the Coming Decade? Map of the Decade 2019
Power Shifts: A Decade of Extreme Consequences and Transformational Possibilities is available for you!In 2019, the IFTF Vantage research agenda focused on power and its ability to shape consequences. Traditionally, power flows from the top down. But in the tightly coupled and complex landscape of the current era, it flows in all directions—across industries and continents and affecting stakeholders of every scale. How is power affecting your work and space in the world?
Download the full Map, Guide, and Toolkit. >>
Purchase a full-sized hard copy of the set here. >> Design the World You Want to See—
with Foresight IFTF DESIGN FUTURESOct 13–15, 2020 | Live-Online >> 2020 is reminding us just how quickly and unpredictably the world can change. How prepared are you to anticipate the challenges ahead? Design Futures incorporates design principles, media, immersive experiences, and provocative insights to help your audience better understand what the future could be.Join with IFTF’s team of award-winning design futurists for an eye-opening online session. You’ll learn to imagine and prototype informed alternatives to the future and design new offerings and policies for the next decade._________________________________
IFTF FORESIGHT ESSENTIALSDec 1–15, 2020 | 2 weeks, in PST | Live-Online >>IFTF’s flagship training equips you with the basics. Learn to filter information to determine its usefulness; transform urgent foresight into actionable insights; disrupt short-termism; and develop and test your own experiments in future-making.Looking for something to anticipate in 2021? Check out our online training dates for this coming spring!Feb 9–23, 2021 | 2 weeks, in EST | Live-Online>>How to Future:
A Practical, Tactical Guide to ForesightIFTF FORESIGHT TALKS
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
9:00 a.m. PT / Noon ETInstitute for the Future will host renowned futurists and teachers Madeline Ashby and Scott Smith, who will discuss their new book How to Future: Leading and Sensemaking in an Age of Hyperchange and share valuable lessons from their extensive careers as futures practitioners. Scott and Madeline will offer a taste of what’s in the book, share reflections on how futuring feels different in a post-COVID world, and address your questions. Join them!
Register for this IFTF Foresight Talk now. >>What Dangers Lie Ahead for Democracy? IFTF’s Digital Intelligence Lab, Graphika, and International Republican Institute recently issued a joint report revealing the tactics and strategy behind an information operation directed at Taiwanese democratic processes.
The report, Detecting Digital Fingerprints: Tracing Chinese Disinformation in Taiwan, uncovered a series of campaigns by CCP-linked and domestic actors targeting Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election, as well as its response to COVID-19, with narratives crafted to advance Beijing’s strategic interests. How do these actions point to strategies we may see employed in the U.S. this November?
Read the full report here. >>How Will New Forms of Family Affect Your Organization?
The current moment of social, political, and economic upheaval has made certain future scenarios increasingly plausible. That’s why Families in Flux: Imagining the Next Generation of the American Family is more relevant than ever. The moment is ripe with possibility for transforming and reinventing a better future for families by anticipating which forms of family might be accepted, stigmatized, vulnerable to oppression, or privileged. This report helps anticipate the needs that new forms of family may have—and how best to distribute resources to meet them.
Read the full report here. >>Leadership for a Changing World
Full-Spectrum Thinking During Times of Crisis
Thursday, Sept 17, 2020
With a world in crisis, now is the time for a new type of leadership. Only people and organizations that are resilient will be able to adapt to the coming changes. Berrett-Koehler Publishers created this 8-day summit, as a free online event, to bring together 20+ of the world’s top leadership innovators—including IFTF Distinguished Fellow, Bob Johnasen—to share how to build better teams and organizations.
Register for “Leadership for a Changing World Summit” here. >>IFTF in the News
“Returning To Normal… Or Maybe Not: The Need For Full-Spectrum Thinking.” IFTF Distinguished Fellow Bob Johansen writes an op-ed. (8/25/2020)Training Industry Magazine.
“A.I. helps businesses recover from the lockdown – And can Nissan take on Tesla?” IFTF Food Futures Lab’s Max Elder is quoted by Philip Andrew Churm. (8/3/2020) Euro News.
“Please Use Full-Spectrum Words” Bob Johansen pens an op-ed. (8/5/2020)The New Rationalist.
“Author Bob Johansen: ‘I would love to fuel a movement toward full-spectrum thinking, to help people seek clarity by thinking beyond the boxes and categories'” Johansen is interviewed by Ben Ari. (8/7/2020) ThriveGlobal.
Examples of Rhetorical Devices
A rhetorical device uses words in a certain way to convey meaning or to persuade. It can also be a technique used to evoke emotions within the reader or audience.
Skilled writers use many different types of rhetorical devices in their work to achieve specific effects. Some types of rhetorical devices can also be considered figurative language because they depend on a non-literal usage of certain words or phrases.
Here are some common, and some not-so-common, examples of rhetorical devices that can be used to great effect in your writing:
Alliteration refers to the recurrence of initial consonant sounds. The phrase “rubber baby buggy bumpers” is one example you might remember from your childhood. Alliteration is often associated with tongue twisters for kids, but brand names commonly use this technique too, such as American Apparel, Best Buy, and Krispy Kreme.
Allusion is a reference to an event, place, or person. For example, you might say, “I can’t get changed that quickly, I’m not Superman!” Referring to something well known allows the writer to make a point without elaborating in great detail.
Amplification repeats a word or expression for emphasis, often using additional adjectives to clarify the meaning. “Love, real love, takes time” is an example of amplification because the author is using the phrase “real love” to distinguish his feelings from love that is mere infatuation.
An analogy explains one thing in terms of another to highlight the ways in which they are alike. “He’s as flaky as a snowstorm” would be one example of an analogy. Analogies that are very well known sometimes fall into the categories of idioms or figures of speech.
Anaphora repeats a word or phrase in successive phrases. “If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh?” is an example from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. The use of anaphora creates parallelism and rhythm, which is why this technique is often associated with music and poetry. However, any form of written work can benefit from this rhetorical device.
Antanagoge places a criticism and a compliment together to lessen the impact. “The car is not pretty, but it runs great” would be one example, because you’re referring to the vehicle’s good performance as a reason to excuse its unattractive appearance.
Antimetabole repeats words or phrases in reverse order. The famous John F. Kennedy quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country” is a well-known example.
Antiphrasis uses a word with an opposite meaning for ironic or humorous effect. “We named our chihuahua Goliath” is an example because a chihuahua is a very small dog and Goliath is a giant warrior from the famous Bible story.
Antithesis makes a connection between two things. Neil Armstrong said, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” This pairs the idea of one man’s individual action with the greater implication for humanity as a whole.
An appositive places a noun or noun phrase next to another noun for descriptive purposes. An example would be, “Mary, queen of this land, hosted the ball.” In this phrase, “queen of this land” is the appositive noun that describes Mary’s role.
Enumeratio makes a point with details. For example, saying “The hotel renovation, including a new spa, tennis court, pool, and lounge, is finally complete” uses specific details to describe how large the renovation was.
Epanalepsis repeats something from the beginning of a clause or sentence at the end. Consider the Walmart slogan, “Always Low Prices. Always.” The repeated words act as bookends, driving the point home.
An epithet is a descriptive word or phrase expressing a quality of the person or thing, such as calling King Richard I “Richard the Lionheart.” Contemporary usage often denotes an abusive or derogatory term describing race, gender, sexual orientation, or other characteristics of a minority group.
Epizeuxis repeats one word for emphasis. A child who says, “The amusement park was fun, fun, fun” is using epizeuxis to convey what a wonderful time he had at the park.
Hyperbole refers to an exaggeration. Saying “I have done this a thousand times” to indicate that you’re very familiar with a task is an example of hyperbole because it is unlikely you’ve really performed the task a thousand times.
Litotes make an understatement by using a negative to emphasize a positive. In this rhetorical device, a double negative is often used for effect. So saying someone is “not a bad singer” actually means you enjoyed hearing them sing.
Metanoia corrects or qualifies a statement. “You are the most beautiful woman in this town, nay the entire world” is an example of metanoia because the speaker is further clarifying the extent of the woman’s beauty.
A metaphor is a type of implied comparison that compares two things by stating one is the other. “Your eyes are the windows of your soul” means you “see” someone’s emotional state by looking into their expressive eyes-eyes are not literally windows.
Metonymy is a type of metaphor where something being compared is referred to by something closely associated with it. For example, writers often refer to the “power of the pen” to convey the idea that the written word can inspire, educate, and inform. A pen has no power as an inanimate object, but the writer’s words can reach a broad audience.
Onomatopoeia refers to words that imitate the sound they describe, such as “plunk,” “whiz,” or “pop.” This type of figurative language is often used in poetry because it conveys specific images to the reader based on universal experiences. We are all familiar with the “squeal” of tires as a vehicle stops abruptly or the “jingle” of car keys in your pocket.
An oxymoron creates a two-word paradox-such as “near miss” or “seriously funny.” An oxymoron is sometimes called a contradiction in terms and is most often used for dramatic effect.
Parallelism uses words or phrases with a similar structure. “Like father, like son” is an example of a popular phrase demonstrating parallelism. This technique creates symmetry and balance in your writing.
A simile directly compares one object to another. “He smokes like a chimney” is one example. Similes are often confused with metaphors, but the main difference is that a simile uses “like” or “as” to make a comparison and a metaphor simply states the comparison.
An understatement makes an idea less important than it really is. “The hurricane disrupted traffic a little” would be an understatement because hurricanes cause millions of dollars in damage and can lead to injuries or fatalities.
Now you see how these different examples of rhetorical devices work, you can use rhetorical devices in your own writing or speeches to create more interesting or persuasive content that sticks in the mind.
Amazon CEO Says His Company “Will Go Bankrupt”…
Jeff Bezos just shocked Amazon investors to the core with this dire statement:
“I predict one day, Amazon will fail.”
In a recent interview, Bezos explained that he believes “Amazon will be disrupted one day” and eventually “will go bankrupt.”
What might be even more alarming is that Bezos has been dumping roughly $1 billion worth of Amazon stock every year…
But Bezos isn’t just cashing out, he’s reinvesting his money into a company utilizing a fast-emerging technology that he believes will “improve every business.”
What most people don’t know… is that there is a tiny component powering this tech revolution… a component that Amazon doesn’t produce in-house.
That’s because another company (less than 1/6th the size of Amazon)…is producing a component so powerful that it is absolutely annihilating the competition.
He’s not alone in seeing it this way…
- A Shark Tank billionaire says it will create the world’s first trillionaire
- Elon Musk is contributing to a $1 billion investment in this technology
- Even super-investor Warren Buffett says that it’s “enormously disruptive” and will have a “hugely beneficial social effect”
So what is it about this technology that has some of the most successful investors in the world pouring fortunes into it?
They see it as a massive investing opportunity – much bigger than Amazon, Tesla, and Berkshire Hathaway combined.
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Namely, some market researchers believe this technology could potentially be worth up to $19 TRILLION!
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