Husbandry of the land is now a digital practice. For example the tractor, which revolutionised the farm in the 19th century, has become a computerised work station. It is a series of devices and sensors that create a seamless, yet detached digital interface between the driver and the earth.
The countryside in terms of how we work is becoming very similar to the city. The farmer is like us – a flex worker, operating on a laptop from any possible location.
Soon, WeWork hopes to save even more money by using meta-data to design according to budgets. Fano says the company is currently exploring how real-time information about materials costs in a given market affect a project’s bottom line.
Bostrom introduced the philosophical concept of “existential risk” in 2002, in the Journal of Evolution and Technology. In recent years, new organizations have been founded almost annually to help reduce it—among them the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, affiliated with Cambridge University, and the Future of Life Institute, which has ties to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.