Futurologists: We might already gain immortality by 2030

Kai Gondlach Portrait

In just a few years’ time, medical experts will be able to program biology and deactivate genetic diseases - aging included, says Kai Gondlach, futurologist at Germany’s most innovative 2b AHEAD ThinkTank and Global Topspeaker. Self-directed health promotion and checks by means of smart living, i.e. the digitally supported management of the functions in our own home, are ready for the market already. Consequently, the futurologist and the team around Sven Gabor Janszky conclude: In 2030, people may become 1000 years of age already and will thus virtually gain immortality in an ageless body.

Life-prolonging measures based on genetics, the end of automobiles as standard means of transportation, quantum computers that perform mathematical operations with previously unknown speed or the generation of„rule breakers“ who consciously and continuously overstep their own competences and, in particular in their professional lives, search for new stimuli – Global Topspeaker and futurologist Kai Arne Gondlach hardly misses an example that won’t fundamentally change our idea of life and work. His statements, however, are not based on any crystal balls or mega trends but on a large number of scientific analyses and interviews with the driving forces that are behind these developments in international businesses and start-ups.

The world of bots and robots isn’t far from drastically changing our lives either. Even today, there are enough examples where bots, the precursors of artificial intelligence, are already being applied. In the human resources sector, for instance, bots will soon not only select suitable candidates based on their qualifications but based on their matching personal profile as well, states Kai Gondlach. Established selection processes such as assessment centres will therefore be a thing of the past before long. In a labour market characterised by a lack of specialists, this is a bare necessity rather than merely a techie’s gimmick, however.

In his fascinating presentations, Kai Gondlach also demonstrates how people - thanks to mobility, travel or job application bots -will transfer tasks they so far have conducted themselves to artificial intelligence. The paradox of digitisation: Despite the ever increasing integration of technology into our everyday life, however, people will be able to safeguard their individuality precisely because of these timesavers, the futurologist is sure. Relieved from their daily chores, the way to individuality and creativity is clear. The optimum promotion of this development, so that our today’s service economy becomes a free and responsible society supported by invisible technology, is a core task of companies, associations and politics, according to Gondlach.

With his theses on work and life in the future and with many praxis-oriented examples, Kai Gondlach has recently astounded and at the same time fired up the participants of an event for executives and employees in the human resources sector in Ulm (Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany). Gondlach urged the attending human resources specialists to already start thinking about how 1000-year-olds will work and will want to work. The parallel use of artificial intelligence and human workforce will also fundamentally change our working culture.

Global Topspeaker Gondlach provocatively questioned long-term work contracts or incentives as a proper means to keep employees motivated over such a long period of time. The adjustment of existing insurance and retirement plans is unavoidable. Companies, on the other hand, may use the health data of their employees to develop and offer work models or areas of responsibility adapted to the respective overall capability of an employee.

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