Roughly 10,000 years ago, the First Agricultural Revolution saw humans begin to shift from being hunter-gatherers to farmers. People used technology, and it changed their environment.
In the late 18th century, the First Industrial Revolution started the move away from farming and towards factories. People used technology, and it changed their environment.
In the early 21st century, we are seeing the same thing happen again in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The technology we create affects our environment. Our environment influences our technology.
And people impact – and are impacted by – both technology and the environment.
As these three factors interact, the cycle repeats. The challenges and opportunities before us are nothing new. We’ve seen them before.
The question is –
What do we do about it?