Category Archives: Communications & Technology

Stop Watching Us! PRISM, Surveillance and the Hierarchy of Privacy

Stop Watching Us! PRISM, Surveillance and the Hierarchy of Privacy

The dramatic travels of Edward Snowden keep us suitably enthralled, however it’s important that we don’t allow a focus on the whistleblower to overshadow the far more impacting societal issues the saga continues to shine light upon.Continue Reading

Kickstarter Roundup for Futurists – May/June 2013

Kickstarter Roundup for Futurists – May/June 2013

Crowdsourced funding is going from strength to strength these days, and when the Pebble ePaper Watch achieved more than 10,000% of its funding goal to raise $10,266,845 the new era had officially arrived.Continue Reading

Taking a Digital Holiday: Are We Digital Natives or Addicts?

Taking a Digital Holiday: Are We Digital Natives or Addicts?

It was quite clear that I had become habitual in my smartphone use over and beyond its capacity to enhance my lifestyle, mindless in my use that allowed impulsive behaviour patterns to lead the way. I was a digital addict, and my paraphernalia of choice was manufactured by Samsung working in tandem with those Android peddlers over at Google.Continue Reading

9 Futurist Predictions for 2013

9 Futurist Predictions for 2013

Since the new year must bring some new predictions here are nine areas that I think will see important milestones or changes in public sentiment in 2013.Continue Reading

A Very Futurist Christmas: Top Products for 2012

A Very Futurist Christmas: Top Products for 2012

For a futurist, this period of gift-giving is a great time to canvas cutting edge products to see how the technological trends we like to observe are making their way into mainstream use.Continue Reading

Can Digital Democracy Work?

Can Digital Democracy Work?

What we’re seeing now is recognition that we have entered a transitional period in which the very foundations of civic participation and collective construction of identity have been set free from their historical limitations. From this point we can begin to conceive of new forms of ‘democracy’ that seek to incorporate plurality not only of perspective but also social form and function.Continue Reading