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The Trust Gap

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What has happened to trust in authority? And ill trust in media, politicians and experts be restored in the coming generations?

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When the flame goes out

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Kids are bemused by old technologies that were critical to us but which have now disappeared, leaving only echoes. What technologies are likely to disappear in the near future? Here’s one suggestion, explored in fiction.

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A digital life after death

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Microsoft has filed a patent to turn someone’s digital personality into a chatbot. Is this our first attempt at resurrection?

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And so, this is Christmas…

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Another year over and a new one… about to begin. What happened? And what does the new year hold? Here are my 2021 predictions

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The brain in the jar

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The brain in the jar is a staple of science fiction: minds that can be dropped into new bodies or digital environments. But it’s wrong.

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Jack of all trades

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To be ‘a Jack of all trades’ has been variously a compliment and an insult, and most recently, an attack on expertise. But is it what we need to be?

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We’re still human

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Lockdown is excluding us from tactile experiences. Any answer to this & future pandemics cannot divorce our digital consciousness from physical interaction.

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Hypertribalism

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Low friction global communication has enabled our fracture into tiny tribes, each with strong views, tight borders, and fierce opposition

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The future holiday: long but costly

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In my research into the future holiday, I looked at the pressures facing the future of travel and the trends that will define how we vacation.

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