The way we engage with one another is evolving. Advancements in technology have lead to the rise of a network of informed, tech-minded, global citizens. Technology now has a multifarious relationship with society and has permeated into it all aspects of it, with the potential to completely upend how we progress together as a species.
Synthetic biology might feed us
Natural resources will never be enough to feed us all, and moving humankind to another planet is not an option yet. Synthetic biology could help us feed our growing population without destroying Earth – or forcing us out of it.
Sex in the digital era
It’s clear that technology is widening our range of possibilities for sexual experiences, but how is this going to change how we interact with others, and even, love them?
Contributing up to 29% of global emissions, the food industry is one of the most polluting. Given the continuous population increase, this number can only increase in the coming years. How can it balance growth with sustainability?
Turning soya into a commodity
Is there a link between Chinese chickens and pigs and the gradual disappearance of the Amazon rainforest? What about between European cows and the growth of suburban slums in Africa? At first sight, one would think there is none – but food is everything, and it’s in everything, too.
Defining the Anthropocene as a geological era is defining the features of "modern" humans. It's a complex, if not impossible task — but it's time that we stop burying our heads in the sand and see climate change as what it actually is: a cultural issue.
Long story short
Our intrusion on nature occurs in two distinct, but complementary ways. On one side, we produce goods and services that require enormous amounts of resources and energy; on the other, we profoundly impact nature to get better performance. Therefore, the need to find a balance between these components becomes crucial.
Escaping society through the wood door
Since the early days of the industrial age, some have looked through the peephole, seen the beginning of the end, and decided they were better off away from humankind.
WonderLEARN is the third episode in our maize.LIVE series aimed at rediscovering the magic in corporate learning and mapping out the ever-so-strange landscape of education.
Future in the making
Generation Z and Generation Alpha will be different from us. The responsibility that they put in front of us is great: We have to shape their minds and then invest money in their ideas.
Nasos Papadopoulos, founder of web destination for learning about learning MetaLearn, sits down and explains what are the skills we need to be future proof, and how to learn and succeed in an environment of constant change.
Tackling climate change
The methane once trapped into the tundra ice is evaporating. New York City, Jakarta and Venice are struggling against the sinking. Rainfalls, flooding and hurricanes are hitting the most vulnerable regions of the planet. Without a global political action, there is very little we can do to avoid an ecological catastrophe.
The more we explore AI, the more we are exposed to new philosophical questions that challenge our values and beliefs: Do we actually have free will? Are we simply an organism that runs algorithms?
On the anthropology of Artificial Intelligence
When we talk about Artificial Intelligence, we tend to think of technology and technique. But if we truly want to understand something about it, we should put the ethical issue first.
Landscape of Education
Upskilling and reskilling are more than a crucial priority for organizations: they're a requirement. But what is learning, and how does it differ from education? If we want to shape the future of corporate learning, we have to know where it comes from first.
We must remember that as much as we shape our tools, in the end, the tools shape us. How this manifests will be up to how much we embrace what makes us human.
Quantum & Consciousness
Over the last four human generations, our society has experienced two defining shifts - to analog, then to digital. Could a third shift be on the horizon?
Innovation in Education
As mysterious as it is important, developments in how we teach and learn are often blind sighted by bad data and lack of foresight – no matter how good our intentions.
Machines Making Music
As part of our collaboration with Die Graphische, student Valentin Haring writes how music and technology have interacted over the past decades – interviewing DADABOTS, who use machine learning to make music, on what this means for the art today.
Voice, the most common interface that mankind has ever developed, is about to undergo a renaissance, and the reasons why are as natural as the technology that is driving it.
It is Not as You Think
Our societies are becoming more and more composed of groups of non-kin, like-minded people, generating non-traditional network structures that end up polarizing our perception of the word. Social media are often pointed at as the cause of these “filter bubbles”, while they merely highlight a trend that has an entirely different origin.
The esports generation is rising
With audience sizes the likes of which the world has never seen, what does esports mean for our cultures, societies, and intergenerational relationships? Today, it may seem that we are at the beginning of a long winding road, but this road is decades-old in its paving.
The Mediator Between the Head and the Hands Must be the Heart
Benjamin Butler, the founder of the Emerging Future Institute, writes his thoughts on which ideas we should keep close to our hearts in the years ahead.