The future is coming. 6 ways it will change everything

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by Blaise Agüera y Arcas, Google

How will our minds be blown in the next 30 years? Well, that’s quite a long time, given the acceleration in history. Still, I’ll be brave and make six hypotheses.

1. Machine Intelligence

I think that just as the Internet has been such a great driver of change across so many spheres over the past 20 years, we will see machine intelligence in the same role over the coming decades.

Today, we are as an intelligent species essentially singular. There are of course some other brainy species, like chimpanzees, dolphins, crows and octopuses, but if anything they only emphasize our unique position on Earth — as animals richly gifted with self-awareness, language, abstract thought, art, mathematical capability, science, technology and so on. Many of us have staked our entire self-concept on the idea that to be human is to have a mind, and that…

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Jimmy Smith on mega trends in livestock production in the world’s emerging markets: Part 2

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Jimmy Smith on emerging livestock markets: Slide51

Last week  in Florham Park, New Jersey, Zoetis, the largest animal health provider in the world (it was spun off from Pfizer Animal Health last year), hosted a conference on Mega trends in livestock production: The state of animal agriculture 2025–2050.

A keynote presentation at this mega trends conference was given by Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), which works to relieve poverty and hunger, and to improve human and environmental health, through livestock science in developing countries.

Smith spoke on the Evolution of animal production in emerging markets: China, Russia, India, Brazil, Africa.

This is the second of a two-part article. Part one is here.

Jimmy Smith followed his presentation on global livestock trends with a discussion of plausible future livestock sector trajectories.

Jimmy Smith on emerging livestock markets: Slide23

Smallholder production of monogastics (pigs and poultry) remains dominant today in Africa and the Middle East, Smith said, and…

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