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review

Today is tomorrow

Have you ever been overexcited to read a book that could change your way of thinking? Have ever been disappointed by the same book that promised to teach you something valuable? Luckily that’s not the case here. Don’t get me wrong you won’t read the book and change in the blink of an eye. But […]

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review

The beauty of the Anthropocene

Climate change may be a direct threat, but there is still a lack of real action. Climate targets, for example, based on the Paris climate agreement, do not go much further than paper. Like most human good intentions, the action phase is never reached. All we have left is the imagination, which confronts us with […]

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DDW

Manifestations (DDW): We Are All Monsters

Monsters are everywhere. In different sizes and shapes. In disguise or in plain sight. Sweet monsters, evil monsters, adorable and scary ones. There is one common feature: their behaviour is unpredictable and uncontrollable. That’s why we are afraid of monsters. They show us a mirror. In essence, we humans are the monsters. The worst kind; […]

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opinion

Don’t be like Wylie

“Who do I trust?” Christopher Wylie repeats the question so slowly that you can hear his brain cracking. After some stuttering, he admits: “I don’t want to say that I don’t trust anyone. Let’s say I go through life with a healthy dose of scepticism”. All clear: Wylie does not trust anyone. Christopher Wylie is […]

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classics

best sold 12-inch ever: Blue Monday

Last week, the ‘definite’ edition of New Order’s Power, Corruption & Lies was released. Thirty-seven years ago the first single of the recording session wasn’t included on the album. Blue Monday went on to become the best-selling 12-inch of all time. Three million copies were sold. This is mainly due to the song itself, which […]

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opinion

Why designers should watch Westworld

What does the explosive growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI) mean for humans? Do we have to worry? Will we become slaves to our own technology? The Westworld series holds up a mirror: our fear of AI is the fear of ourselves. Note: spoilers! “To be more precise, science fiction is neither forward-looking nor utopian. Rather, […]

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course

Last Intervention Design Course at MAMDT

Last week we finished the last edition of the undergraduate course Intervention Design at the Maastricht Academy of Media Design and Technology. Despite the disadvantage of having to teach fully online due to a COVID-19 lock-down, this was probably the best Intervention Design course we had. Because of the tight structure (due to the MOOC), […]