by Julius WiedemannAug 31, 2020
Maybe, for the first time in history, we have accumulated so much knowledge that we are now able to reimagine our existence in a more attainable fashion, including looking more into the outer space as a feasible proposition. We will soon be able to reprogram our genes to have a different outcome than nature had chosen for us. It might look scary initially, but we have been doing it already for quite some time. We do surgeries to change our body not because we need, but because we want. We correct failures in our evolutionary process by operating our eyes or to cure cancer. We even take pieces of our body to prevent diseases. Revolutionaries have greater will. Like Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Nikola Tesla, Leonardo Da Vinci, Alexander Graham Bell, Sandford Fleming, Marie Curie, and many others, they will keep coming in larger numbers, and will always challenge the status quo, our comfort zones, and will propose new ways of changing the world. The difference I try to understand, is how digital technologies have impacted not only the way we do things, but rather, the way we think about the world, and all the possibilities surrounding us. This series aims to describe different phenomena that one way or another, are shifting the paradigms of what we are allowed to imagine. This new boundaryless modus operandi has been democratised, which means many more people will be able to influence the world with new technologies. I would claim that the new frontiers are starting to be imagined now, and they are to a great extent built on digital legacies.
The first in the series explores the idea of culture, seeking to find patterns that explain the influences and inspirations of technology and the digital era.
This column questions the changing notion of ‘ownership’ within the digital era, which has created the sharing economy, online services and non-physical commodities.
Julius Wiedemann observes that open technologies, exposed services, communication and see-through materials in architecture fuel a world of increasing transparency.
This column discusses the ongoing revolution in the field of education where open-source information is readily accessible, giving rise to more questions than answers.
The columnist explores how connectivity in a digital sense has created an unprecedented global civilisation, with information constantly circulating like blood, keeping the world alive.
Change is speeding up, says ‘digital immigrant’ Julius Wiedemann as he contemplates on generation gaps and the role of technology in causing generations to ‘evolve’ much faster.
Julius Wiedemann goes back in time to analyse the path that brought us into a time where almost everyone has access to the knowledge humankind has created so far.
Analysing how data and information are used in a world where digital tools are being democratised to advance technology.
The column delves into the rise of digital collaborations, noting that interdependence is becoming the very fabric of future creation in more engaging environments.
Joining the dots with all the information mankind has accumulated till date, hyperlinking might lead to undiscovered ideas, further advancing the 'age of information'.
The columnist contemplates how we use digital technologies to aid our cognitive bandwidths and how our phone’s chiming reminders are more than just a flash on the screen.
To Julius Wiedemann, new forms of sharing has been a clear indication of living in different times - a time where information flows easily, quickly and benevolently.
Julius Wiedemann comments on the anticipated paradigm shift in economies, caused by the acceleration of remote work and digital technologies.
Julius Wiedemann explores how self-determination works as an important tool to aid personal and professional growth, and helps individuals develop a sense of ownership.
Julius Wiedemann delves into how criticism is communicated through technology and if forms of online moderation for opinions and ratings are a necessary evil to combat an excess of information.
Julius Wiedemann questions the concept of ‘the original’ in an increasingly digitised world, and explores the significance of reality and physicality in the digital realm.
Julius Wiedemann discusses the dynamic process that lead towards a final product and the possibilities of user interaction at every stage in the digital world.
Julius Wiedemann delves into the meaning of community and how togetherness works on digital platforms.
Julius Wiedemann questions the connotations of career in a fast-moving digital world and how human skills and technology can work together for the future.
Julius Wiedemann explores the possibilities of the future in the realm of simulations and how predictions can drive us to think beyond our world.
Julius Wiedemann hones in on how data is understood, processed, and scrutinised at a macro to a micro level and how data analytics impact our lives
Julius Wiedemann talks about power and control in terms of how we think and perceive our realities and how much of it can be influenced by silent psychological moves.
Julius Wiedemann discusses the habit-building effects of the constant stimulations of the digital world, and how reminders and notifications have become a part of our everyday movement.
Julius Wiedemann debates the role of online activism and how it has impacted the world in the last two decades, from politics to social media and the internet’s trolling culture.
Julius Wiedemann observes and dissects user privacy online; from data being surveyed and collected from free platforms such as youtube and Facebook to 5G and its implications.