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I just read an article on the advancements on Longevity Tech, and it’s eery. There has been plenty of people trying to extend our human lives with technology for ages. These efforts never amounted to much or found a big market for it. Most people, especially elders, don’t mind dying. They might be scared of dying, but most definitely don’t want to live forever.

However, recent advancements in technology and a new wave of human hubris are propelling some serious investment in the field. And, to be honest, I have to wonder if it’s a good idea at all.

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I was recently asked to give a talk on my insights about what 2050 would look like. Instead of telling the audience all the potential situations we could encounter, I decide to write a story that showed the life of someone in 2050. The story was read live at In.Co’s Digital Innovation event in London on January 22nd, 2020. I hope the story is insightful and makes you think about the future that awaits us.

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The insistent beeping inside his head kept on drilling him until he opened his eyes. The world became focused. The internal display in his eyes…


Some days ago I had lunch with a friend. After dessert, they asked us if we wanted some coffee. I passed on the offer as I don’t like coffee. My friend, who is a perceptive person, nudge me to get tea. I decline with a smile. He knows I’m a big tea drinker and was teasing me.

While we kept on talking, he paused to sip his coffee, put it down, pushed it away and told me how bad it was. I had to chuckle. He looked at me, and he asked me how I did it. …


So here we are, it’s been quite some time since I wrote something personal. I was thinking about why was that. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m quite emotional, and I tend to write when I need to express myself.

These past months have been rather tranquil, and as such, I did not need writing. But that’s not the only factor. Reading has substituted part of my writing. The more I read, the less time I had for giving birth to words of my own.

In an ideal world, I could do both. Wake up early, brew a nice warming tea…


This story was first published in The Aleph Report.

It’s no secret that corporations are struggling to keep up with the innovation pace of the market. They’ve been trying different approaches for the past decade, some more successful than others. Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) is becoming one of the usuals. According to CBInsights 2017 report, CVC activity is growing rapidly.


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How many of you believe that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will automate most jobs in 10 years?”

Around 90% of the room raised their hands.

“How many of you believe AI will replace YOUR job in 10 years?”

Around 15% of the room raised their hands.

This is a typical response. We all understand the theory, but it rarely applies to us. Artificial Intelligence keeps getting trashed-talked in many industries. …


I love helping others. It’s something I’ve enjoyed since I was little. My dad has always been very servile, and I guess I took it from him.

However, I’ve realized that every few years I enter what I call a total recall stage. When in this phase I look back at what I’ve done and how I’ve helped. I inevitably bring the scale out and measure all. I hate it when this happens because I don’t like judging. I don’t like putting a price or value to my actions.


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When I read about Blockchain for the first time, I was speechless. This was five years ago. I remember telling my wife that it was one of the most astounding inventions I had witnessed in the computer science field.

Since then, it’s been evolving at a rapid pace. For many organizations though, Blockchain remains either an esoteric technology or a financial scam.

Those adventurous companies that have dived into the field have experimented mixed results…


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Design of good voice conversational interfaces has been in my mind for a while now. I’ve been toying with my Amazon Echo since January, and I can say it’s been very enlightening.

One of the first posts I wrote here was about voice interfaces and how it’s becoming a big thing. What I didn’t have at the time was a constant direct experience.

After several months of daily Alexa use, I have to say…


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As a strategist, my worse nightmare is the disappearance of facts. Note that I don’t say Truth. I consider truth a matter of interpretation. Facts, on the other hand, are immutable. They happened, and there is proof.

But what if that proof wasn’t so? What if all you rely on, suddenly became untrustworthy?

As I read the newest Artificial Intelligence news, my skin crawls. The more I read, the more scared I become. I’ve always…

Alex Barrera

Chief Editor at The Aleph Report (@thealeph_report), CEO at Press42.com, Cofounder & associated editor @tech_eu, former editor @KernelMag.

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