We are drowning in news about new technologies every day. Technologies that are solving difficult problems as well as opening new possibilities. It is easy to see them as the most powerful forces transforming our world. But we forget one important aspect. We perceive these technologies through the stories of our time. These stories are much more important factors shaping our future than any technology. It is … Continue reading It is our stories, not technologies, that shape our future
This is a 3D-printed shoe I recently found search Flickr for images on 3D printing. It is obvious that the quality of 3D printing is rapidly getting better and according to the discussions on the Internet most people seems fascinated of and apparently caught in the race towards higher and higher quality. The problem with … Continue reading The future of 3D printing
On October 11, 02011 Thomas L. Friedman, author of widely selling books like The Lexus and the Olive Tree, The World Is Flat and Hot, Flat, and Crowded as well as a NY Times columnist wrote a massively referred and tweeted column by the name Something's Happening Here, which he started off by: When you see … Continue reading Welcome to the transition society
Is the Wikileaks conflict leading us towards a better and more open future or can it result in the opposite? The Wikileaks phenomenon in itself is nothing but the natural consequence of Moore's Law and the emergence of omnipresent and ubiquitous communication and data gathering technologies. It is an effect that is one interpretation of … Continue reading Wikileaks and the future
The development in the area of neurology is exploding and is spreading to new areas every day. It is inevitable that it will have huge implications on our society, and today I saw a new interesting term for the first time: Neurocapitalism. It was coined by Ewa Hess and Hennric Jokeit in an article in … Continue reading The emergence of Neurocapitalism? No, but close!
When I hold lectures and speeches about the future I have recently built the talks around the concept of "transition society" as an framing image. It is really hard not to overemphasize the increasing uncertainty and turbulence during this transition and quite often I get the question about if I really am optimistic about the … Continue reading Uncertainty foster trust
In an article in the Guardian the other day Georg Monbiot wonders why climate change denial is spreading in spite of what the scientific community states: A survey last month by the Pew Research Centre suggests that the proportion of Americans who believe thereâ€™s solid evidence that the world has been warming over the past … Continue reading Do we really believe in science: the emergence of truthiness
Don Tapscott, is stating the paradigmatic effect of Internet on the whole society in this short and radical movie. He states that: The web is creating a global infrastructure for collaboration (which leads to disruption and confusion) As a result, all of our institutions have come to the end of their life-cycle The current recession … Continue reading Don Tapscott on Internet and end of recession
Sometimes a single word can spark a whole new set of thoughts. That is what the term neoteny did to me in the beginning of the summer. So, you don't know what neoteny is? Neither did I until an acquaintance explained the term to me when talking about dogs and how they have evolved in … Continue reading Neoteny and the status of humanity
Today FuturePundit reports about the decline in healthy life style in the US. Investigators from the Department of Family Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston compared the results of two large-scale studies of the US population in 1988-1994 and in 2001-2006. In the intervening 18 years, the percentage of adults aged 40-74 years with … Continue reading Why is there a decline of healthy lifestyle?