Ethical Futures Lab

Ethical Futures Lab
Emerging futures, 6 signals at a time.
Created 22 Jan 2021
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  • Future #57: It’s getting dark
    20 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    This issue of Six Signals comes to you just two days before the autumnal equinox, so if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, your days have been and will continue to be getting shorter. It seems the n...
  • Future #56: Trust, creativity, & rockets
    06 Sep 2021 • 7 min read
    Is the present moment one of catastrophe or renewal? How do you imagine non-obvious futures? How might we think about privacy and trust in nuanced ways? This week, we dig into these questions, with li...
  • Future #55: Yours, mine, & ours
    23 Aug 2021 • 6 min read
    This week, we investigate how personal and collective identities are evolving: from the role of shared infrastructure in our lives to changes in how and what we eat. We also explore systems people can...
  • Future #54: Where we don’t talk about the metaverse
    09 Aug 2021 • 8 min read
    This week’s issue runs the gamut, from deep thinking on climate change to NFT strippers and everything in between. On the one hand, we’ve got people doing thoughtful work to make our social and techno...
  • Future #53: Synthetic people in real spaces
    30 Jul 2021 • 5 min read
    Our ability to create synthetic media is only getting more uncanny, with simulated voices and images that are increasingly indistinguishable from the real thing. But while the media we create may be l...
  • Future #52: Everything is infrastructure
    12 Jul 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    This week we spent time looking at places that are typically obscured, either through incorrect assumptions, through deliberate obfuscation, or through neglect and decay. In each case, looking where w...
  • Future #51: This file cabinet contains multitudes
    28 Jun 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    This week, we take a look at the physical world to see how our furniture reflects social change, how our workspace contains implicit choices, and how the products we own are increasingly not ours to u...
  • Future #50: Computing as a funhouse mirror
    14 Jun 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    Welcome back! We took a break from the last issue for a long Memorial Day weekend, and we hope you’re all enjoying the beginning of summer. This week’s issue is all about how reality is represented in...
  • Future #49: Breaking apart to make anew
    17 May 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    A few months ago, we wrote about being in a “plastic hour”, and that the pandemic might be a portal to new possibilities. This week’s newsletter surfaces both those possibilities and those tensions. W...
  • Future #48: All the feels
    03 May 2021 • 5 min read
    This week’s signals focus on emotions — how they can be used for foresight, how they might be manipulated for profit, and how they might be misinterpreted by machines. We also look at adaptation, revi...
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