In America, the Product Buys You

In the 1950s, the Beat movement offered an alternative to North American capitalist culture. Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs and other writers, artists, and hipsters challenged post-war American conservatism and conformity. The extent of the Beats’ social and artistic influence is still vigorously discussed. The rise of conformist consumer culture and accompanying advertising…

The Present and the Possible: FutureWorld 2017

FITC recently hosted FutureWorld, a one-day event in Toronto where leading roboticists presented their perspectives on the recently possible, and their visions for what the future could look like. And, as artificial intelligence and robotics move out of research labs and into our daily routines, it’s undoubtedly time to ask questions about what’s on the horizon. The…

Designing Your Personal Brand

I recently told a friend that I was writing a piece about designing personal brands. “Sounds pretty gimmicky to me,” he replied. My friend’s response is not unusual; personal branding is often misunderstood and consequentially gets a bum rap. For many, it means a logo on your business card or designing a website. Others, like…

Our Experience at KeyShot RenderWorld

On May 15th and 16th, Luxion hosted their second annual KeyShot RenderWorld conference in sunny Huntington Beach, California. The conference brought together designers, product engineers, creative leaders, and artists from around the world to share knowledge and enthusiasm for KeyShot – a digital rendering software that allows users to generate photo-realistic product images from 3D…

The Brave New World of Work

There was a time when our futures were predictable. When the economy was stable and employment rates were relatively good, we enjoyed some degree of expectation that this would continue. The past dictated the future and it was the same view of the future our parents, teachers, and business leaders continued to nurture. “Get a…

The Real Dangers of Facebook Live

“Secrets are lies. Sharing is caring. Privacy is theft.” – Dave Eggers, The Circle Dave Eggers’s 2013 novel The Circle told the story of a giant company—think Facebook, Google, and Apple, all rolled into one—pushing for extreme “transparency” in a not-so-distant future society that has taken social sharing to a new level. Despite its clear…

The Human Advantage in the Age of AI

Self-driving cars. Robot advisers. Surgery-performing robots. The wildest imaginations of our grandparents are gradually becoming a reality. As AI becomes more prevalent in the news, we see its endless possibilities for it to improve the quality of our lives. However, hidden beneath these opportunities lies a frightening version of the future. Researchers at the Oxford…

Arepas, Fufu, and Gado Gado

Immigration and Canada’s Changing Culinary Landscape Last spring, as I was strolling through my local farmer’s market in Kitchener, Ontario, I had a sudden craving for pupusas, Salvadoran grilled corn cakes stuffed with beans and cheese. Glancing around at the food stalls while waiting for my fix, I saw another item on the menu that…

The Soul in the New Machine? Try Delight

What is the nature of delight? A principle of pleasure. Perhaps a sense of mystery unfurled. A tinge of magic. Consider this: today your vehicle alerts you when the oil needs to be changed, the tires are low, or it needs service. But in tomorrow’s world, the onboard computer sends an alert to the dealer…

The Future of Truth in Business

“Truths are illusions of which one has forgotten that they are illusions.”  — Friedrich Nietzsche, from “On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense” “Never tell a lie when you can bullshit your way through.”  — Eric Ambler, from “The Dirty Story”   Ever since the US Presidential election, it has become fashionable to lament that we…