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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Solygamy and the Stay at Home Club

How Marriage and Romance Might Benefit From a Design Eye When it comes to love, some people are optimists, some are pessimists, and others are just realists. Some are focused on their own lives, while others are interested in the ever-evolving cultural landscape of dating, marriage, and everything else we associate with romance. A perspective…

The Future of Money: An Interview with Ann Pettifor

We tend to think of money as a cultural artifact that has evolved from stone disks and precious metals into modern currencies that are becoming increasingly digital. According to Ann Pettifor, a UK-based economist and director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME), this technological frame distracts us from the more important social dimensions of money.…

If You Build It, They Will Care

Designing Empathetic Spaces and Objects 
for the Future of Caregiving “There is no doubt whatever about the influence of architecture and structure upon human character and action. We make our buildings, and afterwards they make us. They regulate the course of our lives.” —Winston Churchill, addressing the English Architectural Association, 1924 “It doesn’t
 make you…

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…