by Julius WiedemannNov 23, 2021
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.
Julius Wiedemann evaluates the state of post pandemic workspace, the shifts in the system and virtues to nurture in the new world.
Julius Wiedemann decodes the success matrix of digital companies, the business of competition and the importance of pleasure and purpose in the online space.
Julius Wiedemann delves into the shift in ways we are accessing and interacting with our screen-based world and observes that fingers might now become obsolete.
Julius Wiedemann investigates the architecture of ‘anonymity’ in the online space today, deeming it as a quest worth reflecting on and one of the greatest luxuries of our time.
Julius Wiedemann explores how data collection systems have subtly embedded themselves into every facet of modern-day living, with their tradeoffs and potential for misuse.
Julius Wiedemann dissects cryptocurrencies, NFTs, and the quantifiable value of tangible art in an increasingly digital world.
Julius Wiedemann explores the ideas and consequences behind differing values and generational divides as they shape a world in constant flux.
Julius Wiedemann sheds light on the nature of armed conflicts along with their consequences and representations in the media during the current technological age.
Julius Wiedemann unravels the global web of surveillance, tracking and monitoring systems used to constrain and sway the actions and will of humankind.
Julius Wiedemann discusses how online and personal environments, of work and pleasure, have transformed and are here to stay, to adapt to the continuing COVID-19 global pandemic.
Julius Wiedemann traces the evolution of links between trade and international relations, arriving at their current manifestations in the modern digital world.
Julius Wiedemann breaks down the interwoven web of systems, products and services orchestrated to engage and interconnect every aspect of our daily lives.
Julius Wiedemann analyses current definitions of popularity, honing in on how digitalisation has granted greater all-round access, contrasted by demands for constant interaction.
Julius Wiedemann dissects current communication systems, illuminating our susceptibility to misinformation and unquenchable desire to express views in the digital sphere.
Julius Wiedemann examines humankind’s unyielding pursuit of perfection, its effects on technological evolution, and potential to reshape the world through the lens of sustainability.
Julius Wiedemann traces the evolution of relationships between technology and nature throughout history while delving into what they may spell out for the future.
Julius Wiedemann explores the various manifestations of deceit and the threats we expose ourselves to while living in a technologically integrated society.
Julius Wiedemann analyses the merits and drawbacks of constant information exchange in a perpetually connected world, and the blurring lines between real and virtual experiences.
Julius Wiedemann decodes the motives behind the privatised space race, its potential effects on tourism, and the need to cooperate in conserving the world we currently inhabit.
Julius Wiedemann delves into the evolution of modern business environments, their inherent generational divides, and the effects of ready-made systems and real-time feedback loops.
Julius Wiedemann analyses the current climate of information control and its relation to the media’s new role of simultaneously reporting on and influencing global power struggles.
Julius Wiedemann discusses dramatic recent advances in mobility resulting from the onset of location tracking alongside the introduction of autonomous and airborne vehicles.
Julius Wiedemann examines the mental strain and attention deficits induced by contemporary demands for multitasking and constant engagement with digital media.
Julius Wiedemann dives into the metamorphosis of the modern music industry, brought on by the introduction of digital tools and the democratisation of recording and releases.
Julius Wiedemann decodes generation gaps, nostalgia, evolving work environments, and the new skill sets required to survive in a technologically advanced society.
Julius Wiedemann talks about the notion of freedom, and how social and technological changes empower each other.
Julius Wiedemann outlines new models of corporate management that have come to the fore in the digital age as well as the concepts and values necessary for their optimisation.
Julius Wiedemann analyses the effects of humanity’s limited capacity to comprehend consequences of the digital revolution and the need for humility in approaching new concepts.
Julius Wiedemann discusses the transformation of attitudes towards man-made climate change with improved climate modelling technology and increases in extreme weather phenomena.
Julius Wiedemann delves into the present-day competition over naming rights and recognition, with regards to their applications in online domains, branding, and social media.
Julius Wiedemann explores prevailing systems of financial valuation and the paradigm shifts they have catalysed in various global markets and sectors.
Julius Wiedemann investigates Facebook’s rebranding as Meta, where CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to build the “metaverse”, a digital world comprising AR and VR headsets.
Julius Wiedemann examines the emergence of on-demand delivery services, with regards to their exponential growth, strong market allure, and grand designs for global expansion.
Julius Wiedemann dives into how technology has transformed the systems and practices behind the game of contemporary politics, along with the unscrupulous tactics it now involves.
Julius Wiedemann dives into the death of naivety and the need to be hyper aware of heinous misinformation and manipulative tactics employed by individuals and societal institutions.
Julius Wiedemann contemplates the boom and prevalence of tech-led start-ups from all over the world, fitting into our commercial and capitalist lifestyles with technology at the core.