Foresight is the first rough draft of the future.
Our work combines a long-term focus with forecasting and creative storytelling. From Digital Privacy to new Virtual Economies, we are creating seminal analysis on the topics shaping the world of tomorrow.
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.
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.
The Idir – The 'in-between' reality
Set in the year 2030, the Idir explores what the world could be a decade into the future. From advanced materials, through medicine, to bioaugmentation and infrastructure, we stand on the precipice of a great age of science and invention.
Strativerse – The creation of unseen worlds
The "Strativerse" refers to the layers of Mixed Reality (MR) that will exist on top of our existing analogue world. Facilitated by IoT, MR hardware and data streams, a new universe is emerging, visible only to those with hardware to perceive it.
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.
Will – A tale about the price of privacy
Our privacy is determined by the choices we make every day. We have created Will, a fictional virtual assistant set 10 years in the future, to explore the future privacy implications of our current decisions.
Hyperrealistic Synthetic Media – Deepfakes
The advent of hyper-realistic synthetic media has created a whole new class of pervasive cyber risk. This is a distinctly contemporary threat. The technologies that are freeing us may also be caging us.
We are an interdisciplinary team of economists, journalists, scientists and researchers interested in emerging technology related cultural phenomena and change.
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