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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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.

E-Citizenry

Crafting Virtual Nations

Do we need nation states? Examining other possibilities in the digital era.

Column

Think Micro to Change Macro

The 24th UN Climate Talks, held in Katowice, left behind the similar mixture of delusion and frustration already felt prior to them. We are now running towards a climate cliff edge even though many technologies we have today could mitigate this march.

The Playlist

Nicklas Bergman / Navigating the TechStorm

A smart list of startups, links, books, technologies, and ideas.

Exploring the Unexplored

Digital Ethics To Shape Post AI Societies

Digital technologies have created a wave of transformation that has been over half a century in the making. This incredible shift has brought about new ethical problems and exacerbated existing ones. If we are to continue to capitalize on the wonders of technology and not be consumed by it, we must have a serious conversation about the crucial role of digital ethics in our future.

The Conversation

Being in the Present in Order to Protect the Future

Dr. Tia Kansara talks us through the potential paths humanity may take moving forward, and how a strong education will lead to informed consent in deciding which we should journey down.

Long Story Short

What Are Deep Fakes?

Deep fake, a portmanteau of "deep learning" and "fake", is an artificial intelligence-based human image synthesis technique. It is used to combine and superimpose existing images and videos onto source images or videos.

An Interview with Marcio Barradas

Dinner is Printed

We spoke to Marcio Barradas, CEO and Founder of Moodbytes, a company focused on the application of the latest technologies in the food sector and how 3D printing is changing the game.

How Social Media is Affecting Our Brains

Social Mania

Evolution and technology are working at a different pace – the result is to be seen.

Resilent is the New Green

Project Slingshot

An Interview with Marc Buckley, Author of Earth's Vision, It's Time for Sustainable Food Reform.

Forget the Dance of Death

Understanding the Dance of Life

The genomic level of interactions happening in our bodies right now is a dance a millennia in the making. Choreographed to near perfection, the rhythm is lost once disease enters the room. However, with the increasing capabilities of biotech and honed understanding of genomics, we are finally increasing the odds of creating healthier lives for all.

The Playlist

Marc Buckley / ALOHAS ECO-Center

A smart list of startups, companies, people, places and more.

On target

Healthcare in the Age of Precision Medicine

In the future, the standard techniques we use to cure disease will be considered medieval. A one-size fits all approach to drugs and other treatments will become a thing of the past. Each individual will finally be at the core of a fully-tailored, customisable healthcare plan.

THE CONVERSATION

Opening Pandora`s Box

Kings College Professor Mischa Dohler explains how we are opening the Artificial Intelligence "black box". Why this is important, and how this will affect our lives in the future.

Long Story Short

What is Shadow Banning?

What is the purpose of Social Media? Recognition and reach. So, what if a social network removes a user's recognition and reach without their knowledge? This, in effect, is shadow banning.

The Conversation

Healthcare and AI Should be a Force for Public Good

Bart de Witte, Chair Faculty of Digital Health at future/io Institute and Faculty member of University of Applied Science Zürich and Burgenland, sits down and explain how Artificial Intelligence can redraw the healthcare landscape.

Long Story Short

What is the AI Black Box Problem?

Artificial Intelligence’s black box problem is the unsettling realisation that we do not fully understand why the algorithms behind AI act the way they do. As these algorithms continue to permeate our lives with increased vigour, this is a problem which we cannot continue to ignore.