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The Logic of Art
Art is art. If it is reduced to entertainment in the name of the Experience Economy it will become insignificant and reduced to simulacra – to copies of copies. Therefore, the logic of art must be kept separate from that of business. Editorial from SCENARIO 3/2019.
Interview: Jared Diamond
The latest book from Pulitzer Prize winning author Jared Diamond – Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change – presents a litmus test for a nation state in political crisis and its subsequent survival. With an ambitious scope and vast scale, the book looks at world history over the last three centuries and predicts future threats against our planet and humanity. We interviewed Diamond in his publisher's office in London.
Futures past: The Tupolev Tu-144
The Russian clone of the Concorde, the Tupolev Tu-144, had a brief, but spectacular lifespan. It came to an abrupt end when the plane crashed during an air show in Paris, killing 14 people. It is an example of a forgotten technology, built for a future that never came. Like the French-British Concorde, the Tupolev Tu-144 is no longer around, and today, it is no longer possible for ordinary consumers to experience a supersonic flight across continents.
Is acceleration an illusion?
Many of us believe instinctively that things change faster today than before, and acceleration is often mentioned as a megatrend — one of the broad, certain, long-term forces that shape the future. But is acceleration in reality just an illusion caused by a sort of temporal myopia, with changes seeming bigger because we experience them ourselves?
Twitter is angry
Futurist and sociologist Anne Dencker Bædkel writes about how technology and humans interact and intersect. In this column: when Twitter has a meltdown.
Wildcard: A closed internet
Wildcards and risks are by definition uncertain – but if they happen, they often have widespread consequences, and these consequences often come quickly and are difficult to control. Here, we take a closer look at the wildcard scenario "A closed internet".
Plastics & the business model that ruined the world
Today, large multinational corporations are present in almost all growth markets. In the most poorly regulated countries where multinational corporations operate, important environmental concerns have largely been ignored in favour of profit. The result is no less than catastrophic. Read why in this article.
China & Western Decline
Since the beginning of the Industrial Age, Western nations have dominated the invention and production of technology. Today, the West experiences low economic growth, while Asian countries like Japan, South Korea, and especially China develop and manufacture an increasing share of technological products.
Afrofuturism is a cultural and activist movement. It fights for black people’s right to a place in the future that has traditionally been defined by whites. The movement finds expression in music, film, and literature where sci-fi, magical realism, and African mysticism are mixed together in a variegated blend. Read about the frontline fighters of Afrofuturism in this issue’s main feature.
Stress holds everything together
Society must be understood as ”self-stressing, constantly forward-rushing worry systems,” says the German philosophical superstar, Peter Sloterdijk – and stress, in his terms, is not something that breaks us down. In fact, it is what makes everything stick together.
By 2050, two-thirds of the world population will live in urban areas. This will force us to rethink how we organise our cities. In the Western world, the ‘co-housing’ model is gaining ground, where common housing areas are shared by several individuals and families and are designed to meet challenges such as ageing populations and a growing demand for energy efficiency and environmental responsibility.
Inventing Future Cities
The current, established way of thinking about urban development no longer applies as the cyber age sets in. Digital technologies are fundamentally altering the flow of people, goods and information – and hence, cities as such. Our writer JP O’Malley has interviewed futurist Lasse Jonasson and writer Michael Batty about urbanity and the development of cities
The Future Belongs to the Liquid Consumer
Demographic consumer segmentation has long been comme il faut, but are gender, year of birth, geography, and such still relevant in an increasingly fragmented world full of people with liquid identities? We take a critical look at classical generational market segmentation and suggest new ways to segment in the future.
"Yoga's promise of inner peace comes with an expensive price tag"
Yoga has become a billion-dollar industry and has spread to cities all over the world. The middle class has embraced this spiritual practice, with all that it entails in terms of expensive equipment and new, strange hybrids like dog yoga and naked yoga. Yoga has become far removed from its ascetic beginnings and has at once become big business and the counterbalance to the stress and speed of modern life. Read about why yoga has become the indulgence of our time.
Evaluating the hype
This excerpt from the CIFS report "Evaluating the Hype: Bitcoin, 3D-printing and Electric Cars" looks through the media coverage of new technology, which is often characterized by exaggerated optimism without consideration for the barriers the technology must overcome before it can live up to the expectations. When it comes to electric cars, what is hype and what is reality?
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