Blog

6th August 2020

COVID has highlighted continuing class divides

Discussions of class are rather muted alongside louder debates of race, sex, gender and age. But class is an important conversation in age uncertainty.

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31st July 2020

The city is dead. Long live the city.

I appeared on Radio 4’s Moral Maze this week. Here is a version of the argument I made in favour of the city – the only answer to the three crises we face.

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24th July 2020

A race between the four horsemen

Four horsemen of disaster are vying to define our next three decades. Which one lands its blows first will determine our future.

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16th July 2020

The population implosion

A new report warns of a population implosion by the middle of this century. What does this mean for humanity and how should we respond?

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1st July 2020

Robots don’t take jobs

We will never understand the impact of automation until we differentiate jobs from work. Robots can do work but not jobs.

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23rd June 2020

Will we be growing plants in space by 2100? #AskAFuturist

Rich McEachran asks, “How feasible is it that we’ll be cultivating plants in space on a large scale by 2100? The science is there but the logistics isn’t… yet.”

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11th June 2020

The price of performance

What price a permanent position on the stage of your own home office? How do we cope when our working success is measured by constant communication?

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3rd June 2020

Change: Separating plastic from elastic

Engineers talk about elastic change that springs back, & plastic – permanent – change. When talking about the lockdown, people frequently confuse the two.

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29th May 2020

Will Strictly go on forever? #AskAFuturist

How long will our love affair last with the glitzy record breaking show, Strictly Come Dancing? When will it be replaced in our affections – and by what?

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19th May 2020

What will the future world be built from? #AskAFuturist

What are the materials from which we will build tomorrow’s world? Will it be graphene, or borophene, or materials we have yet to discover?

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Tom Cheesewright