Our Future? Think Protopia, Not Utopia

Why Our World Will Never Be Problem-Free

February 8, 2016/0/11/

Motivation is like a warm bath. It feels great for a while, but all too soon the cold and hard reality hits. Utopias are a bit like that. The dreams of a fantastic world, whether that's with abundant water, gender fluidity and without global poverty, are often made with passion, vision and good articulation. At seminars, visioning [...]


Welcome to the Anthropocene

Our Earth is now a Human Earth

January 26, 2016/0/2/

Since I was a kid, I’ve been dreaming of witnessing Earth from outer space. Today, it’s still on the top of my bucket list. It’s not the trip in the rocket, slowly taking off and then rapidly firing into heaven that’s in the dream. Nor is it doing little dances in the space station with [...]


Can Technology Extend our Empathy?

January 6, 2016/0/3/

Can technologies help us to overcome the “us-other” divide? We live in a world with almost 7.4 billion people. 7.4 Billion people with different experiences, different sets of beliefs, understandings and perspectives on the world and on what’s right and what’s wrong. Now, of course our world isn’t one where everyone is running in a [...]


Skeuomorphs: Innovative Nostalgia

Designing the Future by Referring to the Past

November 4, 2015/2/5/

There's a fascinating phenomenon called skeuomorphs. Compounded from the Greek skéuos, σκεῦος (container or tool), and morphḗ, μορφή (shape), the word has been used to describe objects that retains ornamental design cues that were necessary in the original. In other words: details that are not included because of their functionality, but either for their social desirability or psychological comforts. [...]


Why We're All Future-Blind

Linear Lenses in an Exponential World

October 16, 2015/6/14/

What do you think the world will look like 50 years from now? Chance is, you probably imagine it pretty much how it is today, but maybe with a bit cooler apps and gadgets. We, humans, are avid scenario builders. We create mental models of the world around us, virtual reality simulations of what is and [...]


Experience Beamers

One Future of Social Media Is To Become Someone Else

August 17, 2015/5/13/

Social media, we all know what it is. Chance is, you actually found this article on one of the social channels. And whether you think social media is 'bad' or not, it has changed how billions of people relate to each other. It has changed how we share our moments, connect to strangers and reach out [...]


We Trust in Nature, But Hope in Technology

The Story of Our Century is About What's Natural

June 29, 2015/0/6/

Genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, medical devices implanted deep into the human body and brain. Nowadays, those are the topics that are center of ethical concerns and questions, and often lead to bold headlines everywhere as soon as a new remarkable claim is made. The common denominator? Clearly; technology. But why do these questions regarding the implications of [...]


Reshaping the Idea of the Cyborg

Less Terminator, more Buddha

June 20, 2015/1/9/

What do you think about when you hear the word ‘cyborg’? Probably something like this: ‘beings’ that are part human, part killer-robot, walking down the street hunting down cats with their laser eyes. Robocop, Terminator - those. This cyborg is a potent cultural icon of the late twentieth century. But cognitive philosopher and author of the book [...]


The Perpetual Process of Becoming

Impermanence in a Time of Science

June 2, 2015/4/13/

Things change. People change. Everything and everyone around us is in a constant state of change, of transformation, of metamorphosis. People grow, they live their (hopefully happy) life and then die. Plants get eaten, cars move on the streets, rivers flow. Everything seems to be in a constant ‘flow’, a constant ‘flux’. “Cold things grow [...]


Why Hierarchies are Natural, and Inevitable

Just Like Natural Systems, Human Organizations Evolve to Enhance Flow Access

April 20, 2015/9/7/

Recurring patterns. We see them everywhere. From the structure of leaves to the streets of Rome, from diagrams of the internet to subway systems, from river basins to lungs. According to the constructal law, we now have an explanation of how these branching patterns arise. Simply put, if something is flowing, structures are formed that branch in a fairly predictable [...]