Temporality and Innovation

Using Design Anthropology to Imagine and Design for the Future  What is Temporality? Anthropologists use the term “temporality” to talk about the way we experience time; temporality allows us to think about how time is, what it feels like, and how it exists in our lives. Whereas time can be understood as the objective movement…

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…

Technology and Religion: Prayer in 2020

“We see things not as they are. We see things as we are.” – Babylonian Talmud Religion has always capitalized on technological shifts to drive adherence and converts. The astrolabe (think GPS for medieval explorers) was developed to help traveling Muslims face Mecca at prayer times. The first use for the printing press was to…

2020: Living in an Era of Connected Cars

In the upcoming era of connected devices, internet connected cars will become a major facet of the exploding Internet of Things (IoT). Chinese tech giant Alibaba recently launched an “internet car” in partnership with SAIC, which is powered by its own operating system – YunOS. The car offers its passengers a range of futuristic features,…

The Future of Financial Crime

The past century has seen a huge shift in the financial services landscape – from the growth of retail banking (as we know it) in the late 1800s; to Diners Club developing the first credit card in 1950;
 and the elusive Satoshi Nakamoto’s invention of Bitcoin, the world’s first fully virtual currency, in 2008. The…

The New Luxury: Keeping Fashion Relevant in 2020

The year is 2020, and Zara has just announced that they will be closing one third of their brick-and-mortar retail locations. Their ecommerce operations only fared slightly better, with one fifth of the workforce cut. H&M announced a freeze on opening any new stores for the next quarter. Instead, they will be focusing on their…

Create/ Elizabeth Jameson

How does your artwork navigate the divide between science and art? My artwork lives at the intersection of science, art, and technology. Connecting these communities has given me so much joy and enabled me to challenge how so many people looking at disease from various perspectives see themselves, their work, and their community. I am…