“The discovery provided by Uber and Airbnb presents an interesting picture for post-austerity governments shedding services, assets and resources.”
— Tom Cheesewright, Book of the Future
The state is always in a difficult position. Caricaturised as an amorphous and rather apathetic entity run by faceless bureaucrats; it is loved by some, feared by many, and potentially misunderstood by all. Our relationship with the state has always been complex and with the digital frontier beckoning, we worry that it can only become ever more obscure.
Like an exemplar digital citizen, your host Paul Miller brings up these concerns with the leaders of the Design and Futurist constituencies. Your politics will vary but fundamental concepts like privacy, rights and diversity should be held sacrosanct, whether you’re following Elon Musk to Mars or setting up a digital state in a virtual world. In this episode, join us on the campaign trail with Sarah Gold (design director at IF) and Tom Cheesewright (applied futurist at Book of the Future) who offer visions of the power of hyperlocal parliaments, the possibilities of a true sharing economy, and the surprising immediacy of the future.