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…

Perpetual Accommodation: A History of Technology-Driven Change

In the June 2018 issue of The Atlantic, Henry Kissinger raises concerns about the rapid advancements in machine learning and AI. His worries about humanity’s preparedness for the future of AI are no doubt matters for serious discussion: Technological change inevitably provokes anxieties, for it reshapes our societal and commercial worlds to the benefit of…

Extraordinary Future 18: An Exploration of Canada’s Thriving Tech Scene

Extraordinary Future 18, held September 19–20 in Vancouver by Cambridge House International, billed itself as a “cornerstone event showcasing Canadian technology.” The event was designed to connect the most cutting-edge businesses with the capital they need to create tangible, lasting change. Indeed, by bringing blockchain entrepreneurs, eSports enthusiasts, cannabis pioneers, and others together under one…

Repurposing Purpose

CONNECTING TO AN IMAGE OF THE FUTURE Let’s define purpose as “the reason for which we exist.” As humans, we have the ability to choose our purpose. In my 2011 book Consumershift: How Changing Values Are Reshaping the Consumer Landscape,
 I outlined a few common purposes people have based on the way they orient their…

Building a Better Bot

An Interview With Dr. Angelica Lim About the Future of a More Social Robot I had the opportunity to watch Dr. Angelica Lim speak at the FITC FutureWorld conference in Toronto this past summer. Maybe it was because of her positive enthusiasm about the future of robotics, or maybe it was due to her equally…

The Purpose of Work in the Digital Age

Everyone, whether they’re 21, 41, or 81, shares many similar motivations for working. We work to put food on the table; to buy nice things that improve our circumstances and lifestyles; to wield power and gain status; to enjoy physical or mental pursuits; and, of course, to maintain our own identities. This last point is…

The Frontier Within (Part 2): AI Innovations in Healthcare

This post was originally published on the Digitally Cognizant blog. It is the second post in a series on “Digitizing the Human Body.” See Part 1 here. AI and advanced machine learning promise to reinvent healthcare, a sea change heralded by numerous AI-driven innovations, pilot projects, products, and techniques. In fact, the use of AI in the life…

The Frontier (Part One): Digitizing the Human Body

This post was originally published on the Digitally Cognizant blog. It is the first post in a blog series on “Digitizing the Human Body.” Populating the human body with powerful technologies is no longer just the domain of sci-fi. Existing and emerging technologies are rapidly ushering in an era of human augmentation, self-regulation, automated diagnosis and treatment, and…

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 &…

A Human History of IoT

A basic procedure in thinking about the future is to look back into our shared history and understand how people did something in the past. This hindsight allows us to learn from the way humans have approached change and apply this knowledge to future situations. Not only does it allow us to avoid the problem…

Finding a New Purpose for Old Technology: A Conversation with Nick Gentry

Many of your materials are sourced by external contributors, including film negatives, VHS cassettes, X-rays, and floppy discs. Why did you choose to work with these items and how is this collaborative effort significant to your artwork? Art is becoming much more inclusive and collaborative. The renaissance days of having this separate, isolated object are…

Patient Centricity: A Manifesto

Currently, in healthcare, the term “patient centricity” is commanding significant thought and attention. While this, by and large, is a good thing, it is by no means uncomplicated or without nuance. Tracking the phrase means coming to terms with its complicated history and contested deployment. In one sense, patient centricity is nothing if not a…

Natalie Ebel on the Future of Education

Natalie Ebel envisions a future where all children will have equal access to basic education. She’s the Director of Marketing at Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit providing quality education in developing countries. Natalie believes that educating women will have a significant impact on the world’s economy, increasing the annual per capita GDP by 25%. For…