Jacqueline McCully 0:05 Hi, everyone. I'm here today with Casey, a member of cohort nine of the Lockheed Martin Leadership Institute. How are you doing today, Casey?
Casey Jackowski 0:12 I'm doing pretty good.
Jacqueline McCully 0:14 Awesome. So, today we are going to be talking about this year's project: Envision 2040. Could you tell me a little bit about why the Envision 2040 project is important?
Casey Jackowski 0:24 Yeah, so in order to create a better future, we need to look forward in order to understand what steps we should take together as a human race. If we can visualize what's possible and decide which path is best, we can have a clear aim towards developing that future. A lot can happen in 20 years. But the fact that we are looking specifically at 2040 doesn't matter as much as we are looking for what life could be far into the future. We're focusing on topics: advancing technology, diversity, equity, inclusion, and human interaction because these are the topics that will most likely have the largest impact on our society in 2040. We want to think at a large scale and provide insights and possibilities for these topics, being creative with our insights could possibly spark interest in someone that could possibly make an entirely new reality, or even spark something in ourselves. The world is full of possibilities, and we want to explore them with this project.
Jacqueline McCully 1:18 Awesome. I think that's very true. Um, what are some insights that you have gotten in exploring this topic?
Casey Jackowski 1:26 So my focus area was on human communication, and how emerging technologies will transform it. Technology is being developed at an astonishing rate and we're all walking around with a tiny computer in our pocket that connects us to people all over the globe and that's extraordinary. Just think about what could be invented in the next 20 years! The technology we create will only increase our connection with others. Communication and collaboration is what makes us human. Through new technologies, we have only encouraged more communication with each other - letters, telegrams, phones, video conferencing, you're using technology to get closer to in-person communication across large distances. I believe AR and VR, the next logical step in this process, you'll be able to speak and see each other's expressions and body language in virtual form and not have to be in the same room together.
Jacqueline McCully 2:18 Yeah, I mean, look what we're doing right now.
Casey Jackowski 2:20 Yeah!
Jacqueline McCully 2:21 So what are you going to do to prepare for the future?
Casey Jackowski 2:25 I'm not really going to prepare for the future. Preparing gives the connotation I know what will happen, and I'll be ready for it when it inevitably comes. Instead, I want to be part of creating this future and adapting with the information I find along the way. However, something I could do to prepare is to practice a growth mindset so I can view failure as a learning experience, and develop grit by focusing on innovations I'm passionate about. I'm intrigued about the future and I want to be a positive influence on it.
Jacqueline McCully 2:52 Awesome, thank you so much for talking with me today. I hope you have a great rest of your day too!
Casey Jackowski 2:57 You too!