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The idea or invention that changes the whole world may not originate from a great resolution, but a question that begins with “what if…?” like when Henry Ford was inspired by his hypothesis “what if man can travel by an engine instead of a horse?”
Such a hypothesis has brought about the ambition and creativity that allow us to overcome limitations in many eras. It is the very foundation on which our body of knowledge is built, and enables researches in the later generations to progress quicker. A very handy example would be crossing the bridge of the generation of desktop computer to the age where internet is made available anywhere and anytime.
The outcome did not just change the world into a more convenient place for everyone, but functioned as an important hypothesis for various designs and innovations that created tremendous business opportunities. Steve Jobs once asked a question “what if a phone could be more than just to make phone calls?” It was this idea that sparked the invention of iPhone. Even though the number of iPhone users is now lower than android phones, his initiative has been employed by other technology developers to make a wide range of applications. This was not just the main cause of Apple’s income, but it also turned a simple phone into a smart gadget that serves us in working, managing life, and entertainment.
However, the changed way of life due to technology advancement does not seem to end even with these many conveniences in the 21st century. The question “what if…?” is still the beginning, like before, even though the gist of it changes with the new context.
Once confined by so many secrets and the unknown, our world has reached the age of wisdom and open knowledge. New sciences help prolong human life and speedily increasing the number of senior citizens. With healthier population who is assumed to live longer, it is expected that world’s population will have reached 9 billion by 2050. And such a great number will lead to multiplied consumption of food, energy and housing.
Made possible by 3D printer are new means of product manufacturing, ranging from ordinary utensils to artificial body organs, unmanned vehicle system designed for energy-saving and safe transportation, bio-meat and synthesized protein that help minimize farmlands. Such examples are the answers to future context. There are many more solutions of problems in almost every aspect in life that will come out and change our lives endlessly.
Meet the visionaries who are inspired by the challenges in the world today and trying to figure out the way to better living tomorrow at CU 2014 (Creativities Unfold, Bangkok) in August at TCDC.
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The shortage of resources…
The increased number of senior citizens…
The relocation of world’s economic centre…
Through archives and records of our actions, the evidence of our existence is embedded in the data. On the other hand, the data also influences how we see the world and resulting into our actions. A tweet by Lev Manovich, a media theorist, stated that, “19th century was defined by the novel, 20th century culture by the cinema, the culture of the 21st century will be defined by the interface.” This notion may become true to the extent. So could the interface such as data visualisation improve our understanding of the reality of the world? Could it be used as a tool for knowledge cultivation?
Story: Atipong Amornwongpeeti
Heard of a Zipcar? Own a Nokia phone? Chances are that at least a couple of products and services you have been in contact with bear the fingerprint of Chris Downs, a brilliant mind who trailed the blaze for service design. However, as the field has garnered more disciples, this pioneer, now a Principal at Method, has forsaken the foundation assumptions of service design he formulated in its early days for a new vision that gives a new role to insights and better suits the current landscape.
Story: Sommanassa Ngernsa-ard
Professor Andy Miah’s interest has expanded extensively beyond his degrees in Science, Bioethics and Medical Law to other topics that concern emerging technologies and human enhancement. Basically, he advocates the use of technology to enhance humans, individually and socially. His books, lectures and articles usually advocate people to ponder about future of humanity beyond the current context so as to design it without restricted boundaries. His project #media2012 inside the mega event such as Olympics, for example, was also targeted to enhance humans socially with the power of digital media and citizen journalism. This article will seek to provide an insight to those innovative ideas that are centred around humans.