The Future Is Made In China

How Chinese Design and Values Are Driving Global Innovation Like many other children who grew up in Canada with parents who did not, we felt the light embrace of a distant – yet distinctly present – country and culture. We learned what it was like to grow up in China through the stories of our…

Using Design to Solve the World’s Problems

An Interview with Paddy Harrington In September of 2015, the UN mandated a set of Global Goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity and sustainability for future generations. Meeting these goals requires innovative technologies approached with thoughtful design and inventive storytelling to inspire solutions. Design Exchange recently hosted EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation &…

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…

The Future Isn’t Your Friend

Future thinking needs a dose of cosmic pessimism if it’s to have any utility at all. I recently spent a week at Ohio University in the verdant college town of Athens, lecturing at a NASA-sponsored summer program that trains students from 
around the world for careers in the space industry. Over several intense and lengthy…

No Normal Future

We have simply got to give up on trying to “predict” The Future. No matter how many billions of dollars DARPA and its subsidiaries are able to acquire to try to do so; no matter how huge big data gets; no matter how many books are written about Superforecasting or the foresightfulness of crowds; the time…

The Industry of Immortality Rising

Currently in the BETA stage, ETER9 is a social network that relies on artificial intelligence to communicate with and through your Counterpart – a virtual self that lives, learns, interacts, and posts content online, even when you’re not around. A more autonomous bot-like version of yourself, if you will. Users can also adopt existing or…

Fixing the Food System: An Acquired Taste

The food system is broken. Environmental and economic drivers necessitate that we transform our standards of production and habits of consumption; find new ways to meet the demands of global nourishment. There are solutions –
old, new, and emerging – but cultural barriers stall our acceptance of them. To change the way we eat, we need…

Smashing the Crystal Ball: Foresight Isn’t About Predicting the Future

Foresight practitioner Richard Slaughter defines his craft as “the ability to create and maintain a high-quality, coherent, and functional forward view, and to use the insights arising in useful organizational ways.” As an overview, Slaughter’s rendering is fairly comprehensive, but it only hints at some of the critical features of the foresight process – albeit for necessity. For one, the “forward view” that…

The Future is Wearable

Smartphones are finally at the end of the S-curve – both the technology and the dominant designs have reached their very limits. Now, everyone is struggling to play in the wearable space. Wearables will add an entirely new level of data and learning that help our devices interpret users’ behaviors, preferences, moods, and outlooks. It…

Biobotics: The Automation of Life

When most people hear the term “robot,” they picture a mass of lumbering metal powered by batteries, motors, electrical wires, and circuit boards. However, recent advancements have forced me to rethink my own definition of a field I’ve been dabbling in for over a decade. If we broaden our understanding and try to apply it…