SOCIETY

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.

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Synthetic biology might feed us

BEYOND MEAT

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

How to turn your body into a digital device

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?

Food industry

Unchaining the supply chain

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

Lords of Food

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.

Dystopian future

Post-Anthropocene: a survivor’s guide

Imagine a catastrophe has happened, and it’s day zero. Where would we start from to rebuild our society?

Environmental debate

Climate change needs a new definition

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

Critical design will make our lives better

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

Cabin porn

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.

How we ended up here

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ANTHROPOCENE

We live in an age marked by climate change, pollution, ecosystem crisis, depletion of natural resources, and epidemics. It’s the Anthropocene.

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9 TAKEAWAYS FROM WonderLEARN

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

Notes on Humanism and Tech to Jumpstart Italy

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.

The Conversation

Skilled for complexity

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

Two Minutes to Midnight

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 conversation

Do we have free will?

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

AI WAY TO HELL

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

A Brief History of Corporate Learning

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.

The Conversation

The Future Will Be A Commons

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

The Third Shift: What Comes After Digital?

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

Exploring the Learnscape

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.

Some reasons as to why

Not Everyone is Creative (And That's Fine)

Why does everyone want to be creative?

Lessons from 2018

Which Direction Will AI take?

Like all technology, AI is neither good nor bad. But like all technology, AI is not neutral.

Machines Making Music

Black Metal AI

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.

The Conversation

Voice Speaks Up

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.

Darkside

Life Inside the Gilded Cage

The first in our Darkside essay series examines how mass surveillance and the manipulating of data are blurring the lines between sci-fi dystopias and reality.

It is Not as You Think

INSIDE THE FILTER BUBBLE

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

ONE DAY GAMERS WILL BE OLD

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

Bringing the Soul into the Future

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.

Long Story Short

What is the Future of Sex?

Sex and the ways in which we become intimate are changing, but for better or for worse?

The Future Won't Be For Everyone To Enjoy

Marx My Words

We spoke to the co-founder of the Elite Educational Institute China, Haisong Tang, on what his next moonshot is and how it will help ensure a more desirable future.

The Conversation

Nurturing Neurodiversity

Rahmyn Kress talks neurodiversity and the importance of individuals in privileged positions to drive this agenda to the point of normality.