Newsletter

Futuribile/curating futures is a monthly newsletter at the intersection of technology innovation and social justice. Tech news contextualised in their social impact and innovation narratives alternative to solutionism.

Prosume wins the Blockchains for Social Good Prize

Prosume wins the Blockchains for Social Good Prize

You know I am a blockchain-hype skeptic, but last year I had the chance to collaborate with a company active in the energy industry, Prosume, which makes reasonable use of blockchain. Its objective is facilitating the transition to renewables, as well as the prosumers...

read more
Police do not prevent crime

Police do not prevent crime

One of the best kept secrets of modern life (…) is that police do not prevent crime. The quote is from Police for the Future by the expert in criminal justice and policing David Bayley. The book was written more than 20 years ago, in 1996, but it is still of great...

read more
Divide et impera

Divide et impera

It is a great temptation to picture the digital divide as somebody walking hours to load Internet Explorer on Window 95 in a remote hut. Unfortunately, the digital divide takes also the shape of your aunt forwarding pseudo-science on Whatsapp. Last year I worked on...

read more
The EU Digital Policy package: a recap

The EU Digital Policy package: a recap

Today was the day. The European Commission presented its digital policy package.   The first meta-component is an overarching strategy for the digital society, which has three objectives: tech should work for people; fair and competitive economy; open, democratic and...

read more
A European approach to Artificial Intelligence

A European approach to Artificial Intelligence

Politico leaked a draft white paper sketching a European approach to artificial intelligence. The document is meant to support the European Parliament promise of initiating regulation of AI within 100 days of office. The Politico’s headline and other...

read more
4 Things to watch out for in 2020

4 Things to watch out for in 2020

#1 Big corps making themselves the default option in further fields. Amazon Braket provides a single environment to design, test, and run quantum algorithms without having to setup and manage infrastructure and code. Amazon is also working on Sidewalk, a new wireless...

read more
Environmental Intelligence and Deep Adaptation

Environmental Intelligence and Deep Adaptation

What if an AI acting as “environmental manager” were to transform the planet regardless of human interest? “A central argument made by those encouraging the uptake of AI, is that data-driven systems can depoliticize or neutralize decision making. Extended to the...

read more
Everyday geopolitics: cloud, IoT and smart spaces

Everyday geopolitics: cloud, IoT and smart spaces

A while ago I organised a panel discussion around the working concept of “spaces in-between”, an attempt to put a name on what is left out of the pure binary logic of algorithms and pretentiously “objective” data-driven inferences. At the time I was mainly thinking of...

read more
The broadcasting internet

The broadcasting internet

June 2019 has been defined as a milestone in Google’s evolution from search engine to walled-garden. Data from 40 million US browser-based searches show that roughly half of Google searches does not lead to any click. This means that half of organic search (“googling”...

read more
Into the wild privacy

Into the wild privacy

I’d like to think of privacy as an experience, taking place in a free off-the-record space where we can just do and be. An experience implies a range of experience, a range of possibility where experience can actually take place. A range of possibilities welcomes in...

read more
The devil wears optimisation

The devil wears optimisation

I have to admit that in the increasing appropriation and marketing of the “tech for good” debate by big tech, “tech for evil” approaches become very appealing. For instance, we can look into a desirable evolution of the technology presence in our life by speculating...

read more
The other way around

The other way around

A recent paper about cognition constraints in digital and physical spaces shows that it is not so straightforward to accuse technology of downgrading our nature. Researchers found that individuals exhibit a conserved capacity that limits the number of applications...

read more
Electric Flanerie

Electric Flanerie

What are your feelings with presence and traceability? I am not talking about mere privacy matters, but a sense of agency, self-awareness, liberty. Disappearing is becoming a fine art, an act of freedom. In our Millennials workshops, it keeps coming up. In order to...

read more

EDITORIALS & EXCERPTS