The Next American Economy project brought together 30 experts from various disciplines to envision tomorrow’s economic and political challenges and develop today’s solutions. Their assignment: be bold, and leave the conventional wisdom — and their own opinions — behind. In today’s video, tech entrepreneur Mike Mathieu imagines what happens when data-mining is done directly to the human brain.
Mike Mathieu, entrepreneur and founder of high-tech business incubator Front Seat, speculates on the future of technology, imagining a 100-million-fold increase in computer power that leads to a revolution in data and the “sensor-fication” of the entire world. By 2040, he says, we can wire computers directly to the brain to capture data. The economy grows, but some suggest “data becomes America’s Dutch Disease.” In a darker turn, we begin to see a loss of human freedoms as behavior is increasingly predicted, tracked, and incentivized according to data models.