Reflections are only that, reflections, nothing more nothing less. Often these reflections are related to books I read, but occasionally also other things. These are often written very late, very fast,  using notes from my mobile phone, so the grammar and spelling is horrible.

Major Global Risks Workshop with Actuaries (IFoA)


Over the last century the world has changed in profound ways, caused by rapid developments in science and technology, population explosion and a greatly improved but very resource-demanding standard of living in the developed world. As a result we now face new global risks with the potential of severely affecting billions of people.

These risks are big and take no account of borders, yet they are poorly understood by both the general public and policymakers. Insuffcient understanding of these risks and short-term thinking that does not consider potential catastrophes might well put current and future generations at risk.

Raising awareness and developing tools that will help decision-makers understand the true dimensions of major global risks is a key priority for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and for the Global Challenges Foundation.

This workshop will bring together experts from the actuarial profession, policy, economics, science and the risk profession to discuss how a risk approach can help inform policy responses to these challenges. It will identify best practice and the potential to share lessons from different risk areas.

Here is the invitation: Major Global Risks Workshop

TheGlobalBody.NET (an idea)

[Update 2017 This is a project that I find very interesting but could not find the time/resource to move forward beyond the initial scoping phase (and the webpage is no closed). If anyone whats to take this forward please let me know].

++++++ is a two-year project to explore the speed, nature and development paths towards the global body. It will measure the emerging senses as well as our ability to “control” our body. Control is within inverted commas as the relation between body and mind is a two-way relation. The senses affect the brain/body and the brain/body affects the senses.

Initial questions:

  1. What kind of sensors exist today, how many, where are they and what do they

    collect? Who owns them and what is done with the data?

  2. What kind of motion devices/robots exist today? How many are they and where

    are they and what do they do? Who owns them
    (is it interesting to see what kind of other devises that change the world in other ways, chemical, sound, light, etc that exist.... Do we for example focus on mechanical movement as we are visual?

  3. How does the development look like for sensors? Who is driving the development

  4. How does the development look like for motion devices/robots? Who is driving

    the development

  5. How are we connected today? Who/what is driving the development?

  6. What enhanced senses do we have today, and what is under development?

  7. What are the possibilities to connect to senses from other living beings?

  8. What are the means of translating sensor data? What drives the development?

  9. What phases can we foresee for or connection and move from body 1.0 to Gaia