Joshua is a charismatic, self-employed 24-year-old from Prince Edward Island, Canada. Joshua's interests are wide ranging - though to be expected of a location-independent millennial. that being said his vested interests lie within crypto, blockchain, and domain names. The latter of which can be explored at his website www.availdomains.com.
Question 1: What do you believe the technology of tomorrow looks like? What is it?
“In one word tomorrow’s technology is weird,” Joshua stated. At first I thought that this was… well… weird; but he summed it up perfectly.
The word integration kept arising. Joshua believes that integration of technologies like Big Data, AI and Machine Learning, and Blockchain to name a few are on the horizon. This will be lead primarily by the mega corporations who are on the frontier of these new technological domains.
Through continuous integration and innovation many philosophical questions will begin to arise, mainly about the human condition, he stated. Some examples given were human implants and biotechnologies.
Joshua was quick to say that not only human condition will be in question but so will Universal Base Income (UBI). Over time automation will yield a much larger discrepancy between the upper and lower classes. Joshua went as far as suggesting that “We will lose control over [our] technologies, and then they will convert and mutilate themselves and become their own demons”.
“Every decade our lives are completely transformed. Twenty years ago we didn’t have cell phones, ten years ago people didn’t have mobile data at our finger tips. So there was the difference between the cell phone, which gave us communication; to the smart phone, which gave us instant access to the world of data. What is that next technology that we will become dependent on?”
Question 2: When you hear the word success, or someone being successful, what does this word mean to you? What brings success?
Joshua believes success is not just one thing, but an iterative goal, something that must be worked towards. “Even if your goal is to make a lot of money well I mean at what point are you successful? Is it when you make your first $100,000, $1,000,000, or $1,000,000,000? It will just continue to morph and change as you continuously hit these goals.” Thus success comes in the attainment of goals you set for yourself. He also believes that success is an internal psychological state much more than an external achievement.
Interestingly, Joshua later broke success down into a triangle. He says that one’s physical, mental, and spiritual states make up the three sides of the triangle. Without meeting all three, success is impossible. “If you find success in business but have to forgo your health, happiness, and well-being then I don’t see how you can possibly classify that as success.”.
“To sum it up: in order to maintain success and be successful, you must look back at what you have accomplished, but never stop moving forward.”
Question 3: There are many of myths about millennials. Some being that they are hard to lead, lazy, and disloyal. Are these myths true?
“Millennials enjoy and value working smart, not working hard.”
Joshua believes that of course many millennials, generation Z, and baby boomers alike are lazy and unmotivated, but he also believes lazy to not always be a bad word. “A lot of great innovation comes from being lazy. AI and automation are lazy.”
Originally technology was created to increase productivity and decrease work hours. Joshua explained that automation is in it of its self lazy because you are doing less work but you are being more productive. “To say we are lazy is a misinterpretation. Millennials value the ability to be flexibly creative.”
Joshua says that older generations tend to value work for work its self. “We as millennials derive much less of our perspective of success from specifically our career success. This is shown in our lack of loyalty to any one specific corporation. We are not willing to forgo factors of success, like physical and mental well-being, in favour of business success. We care far more about work life balance than previous generations.
Human life used to be linear: growing up – going to university – working for 40 years – dying. Millennials navigate the world as if it were a game of chutes and ladders. We are constantly working towards success, but our route is never set in stone. We may be a technologist by day and a journalist by night who goes back to school for an MBA to become an entrepreneur three years down the road. Global connectivity has shown us that there are many ways to go about the future of our lives.