What changed in 2017

Hyper Island's exploration of possible futures.

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Change happened in surprising and inspiring ways this 2017: This book changed books, VW changed the Microbus, A.I. changed all intelligence (except biologic intelligence), your face changed the interfaceHighlychanged how we browse the internet, Biophilic changed the gym, and companies began designing their own courses. And guess what? One thing that didn’t change is what makes relationships last.

What’s changing: Friday, December 22th, 2017

  1. US Investors spent over $69 billion in investments in 2017. This is where they will invest in 2018. Here are the not-so-good inventions from this year.
  2. Finally!!! The startup that raised two billion dollars without a product to showcase has come forth with a product to show: Magic Leap will bring Tony Stark’s abilities to your life. But not everybody is impressed.
  3. Have you noticed your Google Maps app getting smarter? Like really, really smart? Take a look. A lesson on making the very difficult look unnoticeably easy — one small change at a time.
  4. What business are you in? This was one of our favorite questions of 2017. We helped our clients figuring it out, we equipped our students with tools to explore it, and we spent a good part of the year answering it ourselves. Two companies did a great job finding good answers: Blackberry (from phones with keyboards to cybersecurity and in-vehicle software) and Microsoft (once a software bully, today a cloud-first darling).

Mental Energizer

“The future is less of a T-shaped designer, but a designer that’s a Jill-of-all-trades. You should have an aesthetic eye, but you need to be a systems designer when dealing with AI, you need to be a designer that focuses on ethics or an ethicists, you need to have a little bit of a technical understand. And you need to be highly data-minded and data-questioning.”  — Caroline Sinders, digital anthropologist.

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Find somewhere quiet, grab a pen and paper, and set a timer for five minutes. During this time, reflect on the following question: When change is happening so fast, how am I changing?

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Curated with curiosity by Iñaki Escudero, Future Activist @inakiescudero