Future

What Will 2015 Hold for Tech?

Duncan Higgins | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Tech
Duncan Higgins

Looking back, 2014 was the year of digital maturity. It's hard to believe that Facebook was only created 11 years ago and Twitter nine years ago. They've become such huge parts of all our lives and have even entered the dictionary as verbs!

Adjusting to Nine to Five and Why I'm Not Shooting for the Moon

Ellie Lewis | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ellie Lewis

When I think back to my summer, I see colours. Blue skies, turquoise seas, lush green, paired with saffron from the glowing sun in Europe and a smudge of brown from Glastonbury mud. I felt like I was beginning to get my own palette of the world and painting a picture of what it had to offer.

The Toys of Boomtown

Ben Barker | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Tech
Ben Barker

What culture will we find in the urban spaces of the future? How is meaning articulated in cities beyond the often empty rhetoric of efficiency and progress? Our team (see below) are midway through a project that looks at possible high growth towns of the future through the forms of play found there.

Stop Fearing Young People

Scott M. Weber | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott M. Weber

"If we exist, it is because society has failed..." a prominent gang leader in Central America told me as we discussed why the "Maras" (a slang word for gang) are so important in the lives of young people today. "We're their family", he told me with pride.

Back to (Feeling Excited About) the Future

Duncan Higgins | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Tech
Duncan Higgins

So how can we, knowing the great leaps that technology has recently made, go back to feeling excited about the future? And is there a way to predict what will happen, without turning to the (probably) unrealisable dream of flying skateboards?

Fashion Nostalgia: How Soon Is Too Soon?

Annaliese Watkins | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annaliese Watkins

So, with the fashion lifecycle going pedal to the metal, what does this mean for future trends? How long will it be before we look back on the early 2000's and pine for asymmetrical skirts and velour sweat suits?

Education: What Can We Learn From Other Countries?

Chris Jones | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

The British education system is failing millions - or at least that's what you might think from some of the stories in the news. It's a common sentiment, especially after the PISA report showed just how bad our 'stagnating' ranking was...

3D Printing Beyond the Hype

George Fisher-Wilson | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Tech
George Fisher-Wilson

So at the moment every other day we see or hear news stories about 3D Printing and its limitless possibilities with space age projects from houses being built to skull transplants all coming from a 3D Printer.

The Not-So-Distant Future of Broadcasting

Duncan Higgins | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Tech
Duncan Higgins

There is still some way to go before this futuristic vision is a reality, but the technology exists today - and all that remains is to make the right connections. We are tantalisingly close to a world where news can be broadcast instantly - 24 hours a day, from anywhere in the world - the moment it breaks.

Will E-mail Be Extinct by 2019?

Barry Whyte | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Tech
Barry Whyte

There are two sounds that remind me of technology in the 1990s. The screechy noise of a 28.8k modem exchanging hellos with your pay-per-minute ISP and that AOL voice (Siri's mother?) speaking to you on those rare occasions you received an e-mail.

A Kinder City - Playable City Award

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Tech
Ben Gwalchmai

For anyone unaware of the project or those uninterested, they'll be powering the project by day and should they cross the bridge at night then they'll be pleasantly surprised.

This Artist Just Built The 'City Of Tomorrow'... By Hand

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.05.2014 | UK Tech

What will the future look like? It's a question that has pre-occupied politicians, artists and film-makers for centuries -- but lately it seems like w...

Enter Politics 2.0

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Musgrave

We are entering a very interesting new phase in political discourse. Technology companies will play a big and ever growing part in that conversation. It would behove politicians, but more importantly each and every citizen, to start thinking about what they'd like those answers to be.

Breaking Away From Expectations

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Our society is built around expectations. Expectations as to how we look, how we behave, the type of job we should have, the type of person we should marry, the trajectory our life should take. Often these aren't even conscience thoughts about a person, just things we naturally assume to be the case. But why?

How Would You Like to See Yourself in a Year's Time?

Maggie Currie | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

If you were to look ahead one year, how would you like to see yourself? Would you like to see you exactly the same as you are now, or are there some slight, or even major, changes you would like to make to your behaviour, your look, your attitude or something else?

The Many Future Cities

Ben Barker | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Tech
Ben Barker

The future has a lot in store for cities. Before the end of the century planners and architects will have seen some weird briefs land on their desks as we make settlements on the moon, in digital space and roaming settlements that graze the landscape for resources.

What Does Your Future Hold in 2030?

Beth Britton | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

One of the great challenges within an ageing society is maintaining connectivity between the generations. Far too much of our society exists within a silo mentality, and that is also true when it comes to issues of family geography. With our global economy, many family members are often geographically isolated from each other - potentially connected only via digital communications.

We Need to Talk About Ireland

Colm OGorman | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Politics
Colm OGorman

As I walked along another Dublin street last week, exactly three decades later, I remembered that younger me. And I reached out, back in time, to him: to remember him, and to bring him into my mind and my heart as I headed into the Mansion House.

The Power of Paper in an Age of Big Data

Christian Toon | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Toon

A few years ago, Qinetiq, a leading defence company, built a small unmanned aircraft to take pictures of its hot air balloon record attempt.

The Sword, the Printing Press and the Algorithm: Three Technologies That Changed the World

Richard Stacy | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Tech
Richard Stacy

It is always a good game to identify the game-changers: to reduce the complexities of history (and perhaps even the future) into simple cause and effect relationships. No more is this so than with technology, given that we like to think we are living in a technological age and thus there is always a buck to be made in either talking-up, warning of, or dismissing the impact of technology on the course of our lives and our societies.

Future Prisoners Could Be Make To LITERALLY Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Tech

The Oxford Martin School is a wonderful place. Earlier this week one of its off-shoots delivered the wonderful prediction that all of humanity could b...

What Television Can Learn From Yahoo

Dawn Airey | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dawn Airey

Television is still the ultimate lean-forward experience. It has shown that it can embrace digital opportunities, and is now beginning to understand how its content can be delivered and monetised worldwide in a way that wasn't possible ten years ago. As Darwin pointed out, you don't have to be the strongest to survive, you just need to be adaptable, and TV has shown that it can be just that. But there are still reefs ahead on which TV could founder. Television may be adaptable, but it is not very good at changing course quickly.

The Second Coming of Letter Writing Is Upon Us

Daniel M. Cooke | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel M. Cooke

In today's world everything is recorded. Every little thing is captured, monitored, kept and stored, but none of it is special, none of it is treasured and kept for a reason. So instead of traipsing through conversation and email histories to find those moments that matter just write a letter, and you will say more and it will mean more to the person that you are saying it to.

'You Don't Know You're Born' and Other Tales of the Hopeless Youth of Today

Kristina Egan | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kristina Egan

The world's a very different and connected place now, the old tried and tested methods from 'the day' aren't going to work for us. Massive changes, like the tech revolution, have happened so quickly in a short space of time that no one knows what the hell is going on or quite how to navigate it safely into the future.

We Must Get Real About Sustainability Now to Ensure the Lifestyle We Want in 2050

Estelle Brachlianoff | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Estelle Brachlianoff

Whilst still a little way off, these technologies are already becoming a reality: challenging the prevailing perception that an environmentally friendly lifestyle can't go hand in hand with comfort and convenience.