As part of the FutureScapes project we used the scenarios, external voices and the creative responses we received as an imaginative starting point for a series of workshops where we worked on developing future technology concepts that could enable sustainable lifestyles in 2025. Many great ideas emerged from these sessions and we’ve bought a product, a place, a platform and a philosophy to life with help from some brilliant partners.
Not only do these concepts help us address some important sustainability questions but in the next stage of the project we hope to actually build these ideas.
A PRODUCT: Most of us replace our digital devices very regularly, Wandular is a multipurpose device that evolves with you over your lifetime, so you don’t need to. It stays up to date through cloud downloads and modular hardware plugins. Can these devices become cherished items like a favourite watch - rather than replaced every 12-18 months?
Development partner - Engage by Design
A PLACE: Predictions suggest that by 2025, 75% of the world’s population will live in cities – but what does that mean for rural areas? HyperVillage explores a rural ‘high tech and high nature’ lifestyle. Self-reliant yet globally connected, it’s underpinned by the very latest high-spec software and hardware.
Development partner: The Pipeline Project
A PLATFORM: As more and more devices connect to the internet and share data how do we ensure that the ‘internet of things’ can benefit us all? The Internet of Things Academy (IOTA) is a platform that makes coding and data accessible to everyone, allowing everyone to translate complex bits of data into simple, useful building blocks.
Development partner: Superflux
A PHILOSOPHY: ‘The Shift’ is more a series of questions and the potential for some interesting research than a concept: Is it time to re-focus society’s relationship with technology so that it genuinely meets human needs? This was the theme that kept on emerging throughout the project and one that seems be growing in the public sphere. We’re going to be publishing a storify blog series where we start to explore these ideas, so stay tuned.
The next steps will be to actually start to build these ideas and bring them to reality. FutureScapes is all about collaboration so if you would like to be involved in helping to build any of these then do get in touch with Louise via email@example.com or via @forum4thefuture