We are in the infancy of civilization…In a hundred years, we will watch mankind mature into adulthood.
We are in the infancy of civilization…
In a hundred years, we will watch mankind mature into adulthood.
As a child, we first learn to speak…
Self-made media will be a part of common language. People will communicate by telling stories and cameras will be an extension of our selves. We will all be filmmakers: cinematographers, directors, producers, but especially editors as we select and manipulate our recorded lives to convey thoughts to others. Similar to how we use a mirror today, these video records will give us sharp insight into our own behavior and teach ourselves how to be a better person.
Then we learn not to lie…
The world will be a more truthful place. Electronic information will flow freely, rapidly and with enough built-in cross-references to diminish the spread of falsehoods and misinformation. The sources of truthful information will rise as the most highly valued.
The gatekeepers of information will gain the power to rule the people, and because of it, subject themselves to rebellion, alienation and overthrow.
The people’s freedom to communicate freely will be defended as fiercely as if it were their own right to think.
We learn to make friends…
The so-called superpowers will cease to use warfare to gain influence but opt for peacekeeping, disaster relief and goodwill as a means to maintain their status. Our young militaries will be replaced largely with an enlistment of diplomats, aid workers and educators.
We learn the value of hard work…
The cost of things will be proportionate to its impact on the environment and not the cost of the labor involved to make it.
Labor markets will level out to a point that it will no longer make sense to capitalize on a cheaper work force overseas. Decades of outsourcing to the most depressed economies will eventually empower those very same people to increase their wages and proportionately decrease the practice.
Electronic media will spread awareness of labor rights and fair wages, helping to narrow the enormous gap between those who make the modern product and those who use it.
We learn how to survive…
Population control and efficiency will be the key to sustaining life on this planet.
Climate change, war, disease, pollution and scarce natural resources will be alleviated by simply reducing the population to a level the Earth can sustain. Hopefully, this will be achieved with a cultural shift and not by natural events.
The rate of consumption will be proportionate to our ability to replenish natural resources. This will be done with increasingly efficient devices and a re-mining of what has been previously discarded.
In the future, we will be okay having less stuff. We will give pause, not when we ponder the waste of throwing something out, but rather at the more important moment of purchase in the first place.
All objects will be made to either decompose or last 100 years, not 100 days.
Choosing one’s impactful actions will carry with it a weight much greater than today:
Where do I live?
How much do I eat?
How many children will I have?
Am I using more resources than I am entitled to?
What is my occupation and what good does it bring to the world?
We see that we are part of something larger…
Our strong sense of responsibility will not be limited to our own family anymore, but extend to our community and all of the world’s citizens as our interconnectedness becomes ever more interwoven.
The image of wealth will shift from those who have money to those who bring the most good to the world with the least amount of waste.
We find love.
Instead of competition and warfare, mutually beneficial partnerships between countries will cause increased equality, security and a true appreciation for each unique culture as an integral part of the whole.
Luke Geissbühler – Cinematographer, Engineer, and Space Explorer.
As a cinematographer Mr. Geissbühler has photographed many renowned documentaries and feature films including Buck, Borat and Helvetica as well as Steelcase's very own One Day. As a self-taught engineer and innovator, he has developed many devices including electric scooters, furniture, camera modifications and a full-size electric car called the Zevi. Raised by two graphic designers and trained as a filmmaker, he attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and worked in special visual effects before venturing out to a successful career in cinematography. He now lives in Brooklyn with his wife Cara and eight-year-old son Max. As a weekend project last year, Luke and Max built a homemade spacecraft that managed to rise 120,000 feet into the upper stratosphere. The low-tech craft captured video of the Earth's glowing curvature set against the blackness of space before it landed itself back on the ground to send out a beacon and be recovered. Having traveled throughout the globe for work, Luke's diverse background has given him a broad and unique perspective on our world in the next century.