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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
When people talk about the emerging robot revolution, the focus is often to which extent robots will take over human jobs. That is, however, only one aspect of the changes robots will bring about. Another aspect that may, in the long term, turn out to be even more important is that robots may develop into a benefit for the environment – if used in the right way.
Will we have time to save the world?
New climate models and measures show that the consequences of climate change in this century may be far worse than hitherto assumed. Meanwhile, the global effort to fight climate change seems to have stagnated. Has the time come to panic?
A Farewell to Routine Jobs?
Automation is causing the disappearence of more and more routine jobs. What will the consequences be for the future labour market?
Company Towns are Back!
Remember company towns? In the 19th and early 20th century these towns were owned, financed and managed by private companies, mostly big industrialists trying to ensure a sufficient supply of labour while limiting the social unrest that was common in the large, polluted and polarised cities of that time. With the rise of the welfare state, company towns were either ‘normalised’ or demolished. But with the recent political, economic, technologic and social changes they are re-emerging.
CIFS a part of Innovation Fund Denmark's Climate Panel
The Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies has been given the task of supporting and contributing to Innovation Fund Denmark's Climate Solutions Panel, which has gathered leading experts and business leaders from home and abroad.
Truth in a networked future
This is an outtake from CIFS’ recent members’ report Future Media: Key Trends and Technologies. The article looks at the rise of networked truth, and some of the measures that can be taken to combat the rampant spread of misinformation online.
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