We're a foresight company.
We identify future market opportunities and challenges in digital and virtual domains through research, analysis, and exploratory fiction.
We make sense of tomorrow, today.
Our work considers the challenges and opportunities that will emerge when new technology transforms society. We explore the space where the real and virtual environments converge.
The Virtual Economy - An exploratory deepdive
The Virtual Economy is a system of sophisticated platforms, fledgling marketplaces, skilled nixers, volatile assets, and ambitious pioneers that exist uniquely in virtual environments.
The Virtual Economy Technology Radar - An interactive map
This interactive visualisation features 54 key emerging technologies underpinning the Virtual Economy - their current capabilities, level of activity, likely trajectory, and research ecosystem.
Social Mobility in the Digital Age - How technology changes the dynamics of social mobility
This project explores the ways in which technology is constraining, facilitating and exacerbating issues with social mobility in developed capitalist democracies.
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Sep 24 2021
AI-based emotion recognition tech: China's mould for the 'new' socialist?
The concept of AI-enabled emotion recognition, philosophically in the same vein as predictive policing, aligns with the longstanding CCP principle that thoughts and feelings can be corrected, rendering problematic behaviour impossible to carry out.Read more
Sep 17 2021
Anthony KellyDigital AnthropologyTechnology
Simulate this! When digital twin technology goes human
Digital twins—virtual representations of physical objects—help monitor physical systems in real-time. But AI-powered human digital twins could become a proxy for actually existing agents ... including not only physical people, but approximations of their thoughts and feelings.Read more
Sep 9 2021
How universal basic income could fuse public goods to virtual economy interests
Covid-19 has normalised unconditional welfare transfers, even in societies traditionally resistant to public “giveaways.” What existing precedent exists for universal basic income, and how could it impact the virtual economy ... not to mention the one most of us still live in?Read more
Sep 25 2020
L'Atelier BNP Paribas
Video: Welcome to L'Atelier
Using synthetic media technology to tell the next chapter of L'Atelier.
May 18 2020
People are earning six-figure salaries in the virtual economy
Hundreds of thousands now earn a good living in a virtual economy immune to shutdown. Is this the future?
We are an interdisciplinary team of economists, journalists, scientists and researchers interested in the consequences of technological and societal change.