Recently, I shared some new words that appear in the futures literature and/or discourse. As mentioned, I’ll continue to produce these lists as I gather up enough interesting terms to do additional versions. Here’s batch #2.
Block chain – a digital “distributed ledger” record of transactions which are called “blocks,” and which link together through use of cryptography, are date stamped, and which are resistant to modification once stamped.
FAT (Fairness, Accountability and Transparency) . This is the terminology utilized by a growing body of researchers, programmers and other concerned citizens, FAT encourages dialogue and practice regarding ethics in machine learning development. (Thanks to Lauri Goldkind for suggesting this term.)
Gamification – Gamification techniques are intended to leverage people’s natural desires for socializing, learning, mastery, competition, achievement, status, self-expression, altruism, or closure, or simply their response to the framing of a situation as game or play (Wickipedia).
Precariat class – emerging group of people whose economic status is vulnerable, uncertain and literally “precarious” through instability in the labor market. Results of neo-liberalism on working people. Connected to concept of “gig economy.”
Public interest technologist – the intersection of tech skills with a desire to make the world a better place through work in areas such as social justice, inclusion and the public good.
Public interest tech (2018)
Transhumanism – philosophy and growing community focused on the evolution of humanity specifically related to likely increase in artificial intelligence presence and function in human life (sometimes even suggesting a merging of human life with artificial intelligence). Critics suggest dystopian possibilities.