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A love affair with a new economy

What if you could have a say in what the collective wealth of your country should be financing? What if all financial transactions were transparent and searchable in a database? What if you were rewarded for participating in a cleanup of your neighbourhood? What if the monetary system was designed in a way to incentivize […]

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Vaporrave Virus

Or, how the fragmented specter of rave spreads through the digital network. Rave has been declared dead several times. There is hope. In this new decade, the spectre of rave manifests itself online and spreads through the digital network like a virus. “Hard to Say” by Djrum leads the way. The moment the beat comes […]

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Zombie Technologies

Why we need to reimagine our future This article is originally published at Envisioning. When we google the words “futuristic city,” the image above is the first that appears on the results page. This image isn’t, in any way, unusual. Indeed, all the other pictures on the page also portray a set of blueish skyscrapers, […]

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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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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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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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Technology is nature

Reviewing Koert van Mensvoort’s Next Nature There are two options: man dies out or becomes part of the next evolutionary level. The vision of the future Koert van Mensvoort outlines in Next Nature seems like a doom scenario anyway, but in this book, he offers us tools to survive. We, as humans can anticipate and […]