The Selfie

Here is an idea we discussed today and really liked. We did not pursue it further, because unfortunately it was not relevant to our question.

This little robot camera is the perfect companion for people who travel alone. Those people are always behind the camera, but never in the picture. So our ingenious little invention travels with you and takes fantastic shots of you and your experiences.

our travel companion gizmo

our travel companion gizmo

Group 3: Which idea or initiative will make the future more human?

Birgit Gebhardt dynamically opened our day with an inspiring speech on how the work habits, techniques and infrastructures are evolving through time, with special attention dedicated to our future. “The Generation Y must not adapt to old working structures!”: it’s up to us to promote, develop and be the engine of the future professional world. A very big challenge I would dare say! Through an ulterior discussion panel and short presentations we were flooded with ideas and methods, giving us all the essential tools needed to come up with new and plentiful thoughts during our ”Dream and discover” session in the afternoon.

Group 3 is specifically concerned with answering the question “Which idea or initiative will make the future more human?”. During the afternoon we avoided directly attempting to answer this gigantic enquiry and attempted instead to come up with solutions to smaller, sometimes more playful queries (with which other groups were also confronted), for example: ”list new job titles of the year 2024”(some of my favorite answers were ”heart designer”, ”robot psychologist”, “water archeologist”,…), or “Humans in 2024 will be different than today. What makes them different?”. At the end of the day, we’re still full of ideas, curious and excited to see what tomorrow will bring…and ready to eat fondue this evening!

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And this future of work will definitely change!


Energy – currency of the future!


The era of money is over – don`t panic – its just a scenario we imagined for the future in the year 2024.

Since money had become obsolete, we went and created a whole new currency. So, how did we do that?

We were quite clear about not creating another currency that would have to be administered by financial institutions. Instead, we thought of basic needs and realized that energy was a necessity for food, clothing and shelter. Energy is also something that can be traded, created and transformed.

We figured that we could generate energy using bananas. Large scale banana farms would feed simple, portable devices that spit out energy.

Now, what form would this energy take? Money was circulated in papers or coins.

We think it makes more sense to implant a chip in everyone. You get one of your own once you turn 16 with a starting energy balance. And all you have to do to pay is show your palm to a special scanner and it reads the chip, takes the exact amount of energy according to the transaction.





The Day’s Events: Twitter Inventions and Body Modifications

We began the day by imagining technologies that could improve our minds and bodies in the future with small drawings and descriptions. These included very interesting forays into fashion, medicine and electrotechnology. This led us to thinking about the future workplaces; the skills required to get hired, and how to find a future workforce by allowing magazine images to inspire us.


The future work environment is obviously very important, as are the other environments in which the workforce operates. These aspects are very interconnected, so comfort in all aspects is very important, from commuting, to free time and meeting-time. We thought about different ways to maximize comfort and happiness in all of these fields and came up with very creative ideas, such as the gamification of meetings to result in more productivity or having automatic neural transmission of thoughts and concepts to others, which would be an interesting way to communicate.

Finally, we thought about existing inventions and how they have influenced our lives and extrapolated to think about future inventions, ones that might be our own, and how they would influence society and what we hoped to achieve with them and what tweets talking about them might look like. These faux tweets clearly show what we think of as necessary or inevitable products that will change the world.


Illustrations of the Future of Work

Have a look at the illustration our visual designer, Takashi Sugimoto, has created based on the speeches this morning. He summarized the ideas of the speakers in nice black and white illustrations.

Takashi will also help the groups design their ideas, so you will see much more of him.


Future of transport


work wherever you want!


The expert podium of this morning, portrayed as robots. How flattering!


Google cabins make working more fun!


who will take care of us in the future?


work wherever you want