The following is a fictional account of daily life in 2030. This story was inspired by Accenture’s Truly Human Performance Culture Initiative.
Max’s personal AI agent, Mya, gently awakens him at an optimal time, and summarizes his thoughts from sleep. His thoughts are captured by his neuroscience-equipped sleeping pod and biometric sleepwear and every morning Mya recounts the most creative ones.
This is possible through AI programmed-sleep technology, built around sleep genetics and AI-driven neuroscience, which unlocked a new wave of opportunities for enhancements in cognition, well-being and longevity. By 2030, sleep technology is one of many ways daily life is centered around “Truly Human” routines and goals.
Max is my son, and he’s a Millennial and Gen Z “cusper.” By 2030, he’ll be 32 years old, and will live a Truly Human lifestyle. Truly Human awareness is shaped in all states of consciousness: wakefulness, sleeping and the in-between hypnagogia state where the most creative insights are generated. It focuses on creating conscious awareness and behaviors to better support the whole self:
In 2030, Max also uses a Truly Human Presencing service that analyzes his emotions each morning and provides 15 minutes of custom meditation to center his intentions for the day. His goal is authenticity in his interactions with other humans, and his daily mediation sessions shape his awareness, empathy and consciousness for the day ahead.
At 8:30 a.m., Mya—who is constantly tracking and enabling Max’s Truly Human goals—automatically summons a self-driving bike from his favorite service. Nearly all bikes in 2030 are self-driving, yet many people still peddle for exercise and mindfulness. When Max is ready to leave his subscription shared-housing complex—the current location of his mobile living pod—the bike shows up within seconds. Max quickly arrives at work, and the rider-less and self-balancing bike heads off to match up with its next rider.
A lot has changed between 2018 and 2030, but the biggest difference is in the intersection of advanced psychology and cognitive neuroscience, which has driven Empathy Quotients to an all-time high and leveled the divide between genders, classes and cultures. This has changed Max’s career immensely, from how he chose the company he wanted to work for, down to each component of his workday.
Max is starting a new project at WellBeingVillage, a self-sustaining community platform based on a generative and participatory model. WellBeingVillage is principle-based ecosystem consortium that aligns its goals with the core values of its workers, partners and users. It’s ranked top 10 in the Truly Human Index—a ranking based on the Gross Purpose Quotient and Presencing U scores, which have largely replaced the industrial-era GDP as a measure of progress for companies and countries.
Today, he’s meeting up with his project team at a People Reality Center, a shared workspace that combines all the physical, cognitive and virtual experience spaces needed to optimize a Truly Human day. They start out in the Empathy Igloo. Companies have recognized that empathy brings inclusiveness, creating a welcoming environment for diverse opinions—which in turn drive innovation. With now-mainstream neuroscience technology, each participant opts-in to silently share their emotions and feelings about the new project and the impact it will have on people, society and the environment. The Empathy Igloo also downloads the emotions, feelings and history of people who will benefit or be impacted by the WellBeingVillage project. When the session completes and the technology shuts off, Max and his team talk about their reactions and are able to make dramatic creative changes to project.
The Empathy Igloo is part of a broader worldwide pilot program, The Empathy Mind Trust. In 2030, the Empathy Mind Trust is the most sophisticated AI and neuroscience program in the world. Digital twin technology (the virtualization of products and objects) has been extended to humans, including virtual representation of human emotions, feelings and history. The Empathy Mind Trust platform uploads digital twins of people that opt in from all over the world, making it the most massive mindshare mash-up of all time.
Breakthroughs in empathy technology coalesced with the rapid arrival of technological and economic singularity. Fueled by AI, cognitive neuroscience and the nearly infinite scaling of processing power, the onset of singularity is driving the second renaissance in 2030: a celebration of humanity and purpose of people and society in a largely automated and immersive world. Principle-based ecosystems—made up of business organizations, their stakeholders, workers, customers, developers and government—have assimilated a humanlike conscience, and by 2030, the winners are those who have mastered organizational and ecosystem neuroplasticity—driving the connecting fabric for well-being-for-all.
This view into 2030 may seem distant today, but back here in 2018, leaders like Accenture and Microsoft are proponents of the Truly Human organization, recognizing the direct link between empathy and innovation.
Companies are shaping a path to organizational neuroplasticity through Truly Human leadership, innovative physical environments and people-mindfulness programs. By embracing Theory U leadership capabilities, businesses can start eliminating the “blind spot” constraining authentic transformational change. Over time, this will help them learn and practice new behaviors to lead in the new and better support the body, mind, heart and soul of their organization and of their people.
Learn more about Accenture’s Truly Human efforts in this post from Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer Ellyn Shook, and watch for more updates from the year 2030.