Human Futures

/ Vol. 25 2017: The emergence of algorithm-driven design, alongside the expanding concept of human-centric design, gives new meaning to design. Today, design transcends most disciplines – which is why it is absolutely integral to the success of AI’s mandate to redesign humans and society. It is an awesome task, and one that requires multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary thinking. It is one that includes the use of emotional analytics, empathetic design, the human experience, inclusive design, generative design, and intelligent design efforts – anywhere that the human element is present. Which is everywhere.

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From Artistic to Artificial Intelligence

The Emergence of the Creative Machine Creativity has long been perceived to be immune to falling under the dominion of machines. However, this is changing fast. Machine learning and big data now enable intelligent systems to be used in many creative fields, such as music production or the culinary and visual arts. Even though we…

Crisis of -Cracies

Who Will Shape 21st-Century Politics? The political events of 2016, from Brexit to Trump, left many without an explanatory narrative, blindsided by actors and interests beyond their control. Panicked explanations ran the gamut from geopolitical conspiracy to the mass-diagnosis of the psyches of “deplorables.” Many looked to external causes for these events, citing the authoritarian…

Real-Time Religion

For Religion to Flourish in Humanity’s Future, Rituals Need to Be Developed in Real Time When considering human futures, we are asked to explore the future of humanity without conflating that future with the technological progress humanity creates. Human futures reorients the usual narrative, taking the focus away from technology as the sole driver of…

In the Age of Interconnectivity, How “Connected” Are You Really?

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men...” – Henry Melvill Not to get too touchy-feely, but how connected are you? Most likely, you’ve got every techno gadget available – a laptop, tablet, cellphone, and maybe even a business-personal split between an Android and an iPhone. And I’d…

What’s Feeding You?

An Exploration of the Food Experience Today and Tomorrow Think about how you eat today, and then try to reimagine the future of the food experience. How might we eat in 5, 10, or 20 years? What will we eat? When? Why? Whichever table you find yourself at, one thing is certain: One cannot reimagine…