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Spotlight on Finland

This is an excerpt from the Nordic Health 2030 Magazine.

Jan 9, 2020 Arrow
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Nordic Data Cohesion

A more cohesive approach to health data will enable earlier detection of disease and other health conditions, shifting the emphasis from sick care to prevention.

Dec 18, 2019 Arrow
Society & People

Fashion Against Big Brother

The evolution of facial recognition technology is prompting protesters to adopt new resourceful ways of fooling the AI. The arms race is on.

Dec 16, 2019 Arrow

The Nordic Window to the World

What will the future of healthcare in the Nordics look like? To get an expert's perspective from the outside, we talked to Charles Alessi, the Chief Clinical Officer for Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) International.

Nov 27, 2019 Arrow

The Shift from Sick Care to Health Care

This article is an excerpt from the magazine Nordic Health 2030, which represents a shared agenda on sustainable health inspired by leading decision makers across the Nordic region.

Nov 18, 2019 Arrow
Environment & Resources

Biomimetics and the Case for a Refined Ecosystem Valuation

Excerpt from the members' report Crumbling Pillars: Four Threats to the Global Status Quo. The excerpt is part of chapter four of the report, which examines accelerating environmental change and asks the question how we price nature.

Nov 18, 2019 Arrow
Environment & Resources

Planned Obsolescence ‒ a Bug in the System

As a business practice, planned obsolescence is more than just an annoyance for consumers. It is also at odds with a sustainable future.

Nov 14, 2019 Arrow
Culture & Ideas

The Mystery of the Number 1/137

The universe holds many mysteries. One of them is a number that nobody can really explain, though many have tried.

Sep 26, 2019 Arrow

Hacking the Future of Leadership

CIFS and Workz co-hosted a session at the 2019 Techfestival in Copenhagen centred on four snapshots of leadership in 2030.

Sep 16, 2019 Arrow

Education in a post-scarcity society

A future with extreme societal change will would naturally also bring about major transformations to the role, purpose and structure of higher education. This fictional wildcard scenario imagines a post-scarcity society — one where everyone can afford the basic necessities of life — and what education in such a society might look like. The article is based on CIFS' members' report Rethinking Higher Education: Structural Transformation on the Horizon.

Sep 13, 2019 Arrow
Society & People

Teenage Mutants

This article explores contemporary teenagers and their attitudes towards the world and how to be and act in it. Being a teenager is not what it used to be – change is in progress, but not all change is progressive.

Sep 2, 2019 Arrow

The Education Revolution Will Not Be Televised

What will the future of education look like? British contemporary historian Anthony Seldon states his vision in his book "The Fourth Educational Revolution". In it, Seldon describes the coming merger between AI and education, which he believes will impact society in the 21st century in a way comparable in scope to the impact the internal combustion engine had on the 20th.

Aug 27, 2019 Arrow
Culture & Ideas

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.

Aug 20, 2019 Arrow
Culture & Ideas

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.

Aug 7, 2019 Arrow
Transport & Freight

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.

Jul 30, 2019 Arrow

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?

Jul 30, 2019 Arrow

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.

Jul 29, 2019 Arrow
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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".

Jul 29, 2019 Arrow

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