Tech fixes are typically implemented from the top down, promising a seamless experience in which gadgets blend into the background, effortlessly improving lives. The reality is, however, that such solutions are often designed for fictional characters – theoretical end users whose daily realities aren’t taken into account. In real life, new technologies never function as promised: there are always glitches and unintended consequences. So what would a future look like in which we apply technology to support the UK’s ailing social care system?
Stark Choices is an experiential simulation of life in 2030, where certain current projections around the future of work and automation have been realised.
‘Trigger Warning’ is a fast-paced journey through a city of memes. Switching between various first-person perspectives, the film embodies the current culture clashes bubbling away beneath the surface of the city.
At the end of April, I gave the opening talk at the TED 2017 conference ‘The Future You’ in Vancouver. Today, I am excited to finally be able to share it with you.
Cartographies of Imagination is an essay about our project MAPLAB, where we develop cartographic imaginaries of Eindhoven with children. The project’s ambition is to show city planners, decision-makers and technologists, how our cities could be different if we consider children as key fellow citizens, rather then future citizens.
The third event in our ‘Future(s) of Power series: an experiment using the method of sortition for a Citizens Assembly on Algorithmic Power.
A series of films that help visitors comprehend the contexts and consequences of new technologies, products and systems.
Produced for the V&A’s landmark show ‘The Future Starts Here’
An speculative design intervention for International Development futures.
We were recently invited by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent to speculate, show evidence, and provoke their conference attendees to anticipate looming challenges and potentialities. We wanted to understand: What challenges might face the humanitarian and development sector in the near future?
Recently we hosted the first event of our new series “Future(s) of Power” at Somerset House in collaboration with Somerset House Studios. We are doing this series because we want to explore the conditions under which various forms of power become defined, and we are specifically interested in exploring how we can move from feeling powerless, both individually and as transient groups, networks and communities, towards feeling like we have some forms of power. We hope to uncover this quite abstract idea of power through new methods of advocacy, but also discreet and alternate sets of tools, tactics, and strategies.