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RESEARCH AT SCALE

Find the right signals in a sea noise.    We have created an data-driven analysis, documented in detailed interactive dossiers, assessing papers, patents, startups, and other innovations going back 30 years, to help innovation teams track, forecast, and model the rise and fall of concepts, components, technologies, developers, investors, and other parts of their industry.    Our tool can help identify early, highly-cited sources to see where breakthroughs have happened, and are likely to occur next.

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FUTURES

Our methodology from zero to future engineered with a four-step multidisciplinary approach to tackle uncertainties, understand emerging company needs, communicate your vision, accelerate development, and plan a roadmap to future growth.  

We have facilitated many of these workshops with international and Fortune 500 companies.  

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What we do... 

FUTURITY SCIENCE=

INNOVATION RADAR +

RESEARCH

Database, summary analyses, and artifacts based on scientific papers, patents, press, and other leading indicators

MEGATRENDS

Learn more about the most powerful, transformative forces that will change the global economy, business, and society.

DESIGN BUILT

FUTURES 

PROTOTYPING

We gain future insights via rapid prototyping to communicate, receive feedback and test specific functionalities to future proof and validate far horizon products and services.

SYNTHESIZING FUTURES TRAINING

A four-step future-focused multidisciplinary approach to tackle uncertainties, understand emerging company needs, communicate your vision, accelerate development, and plan a roadmap to future growth.

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Innovations follow a lifecycle: from imagination, discovery, and invention to maturity, obsolescence, and historical artifact

We have tracked, measured, and monitored thousands of them – from spears to space elevators – and add more every day

We note not just the innovations themselves, but how they are connected. 

INNOVATION NETWORK

Gather, analyse, and present data and insights from heterogeneous sources and see the connection in the innovation map.

DATA SELFIE

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NAVIGATE INNOVATION

Database, summary analyses, and artifacts based on scientific papers, patents, press, and other leading indicators

ANAYLZE

FUTURES

A four-step future-focused multidisciplinary approach to tackle uncertainties, understand emerging company needs, communicate your vision, accelerate a development, and plan a roadmap to future growth

BUILDING THE FUTURE WORLDS

Building Future Worlds involves creating context and narrative around your desired future idea. Combining techniques used in stories and screenplays, participants put themselves in the life of customers and users - thus improving the product idea and thinking through how to communicate it.

MAPPING FUTURE LANDSCAPE

Mapping the Futurescape to generate multiple scenarios and solutions. The team collectively will create detailed projections of positive and negative consequences for both individuals as well as the company, to identify the most desirable courses of action for all.  

DESIGNING FUTURE ARTIFACTS

Designing Future Artifacts is about making prototypes for fast testing with colleagues, clients, and other audiences. Building and designing an artifact can also help you make decisions and open up new ideas and possibilities that a mere thought- or digital exercise would not uncover.

CREATING FUTURE ROADMAPS

Creating Future Roadmaps or backcasting guides a plan of action in order to get to the desired future, by working backwards in steps to the present day from the future scenario you created.

SYNTHESIZE

FUTURES

Don't Overwater

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We are a diverse team of

designers,

engineers,

thinkers, and

makers,

and we work with our clients 

to tackle uncertainties by 

analyzing,

 synthesizing,

engineering, and

applying futures,

to build better futures, 

faster, together. 

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We are a diverse                      of

designers, engineers, thinkers & makers

and we work with                             

OUR CLIENTS

to tackle uncertainties by

ANALYSING
APPLYING
ENGINEERING

FUTURES

to build better futures faster, together.

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Protesters around the world - from Pussy Riot in Moscow, the yellow Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong, Black Lives Matter in the United States, and pro-independence marchers in Catalonia - all have re-made clothing, cell phones, and computers to protect their bodies and identities. Increasingly, even non-protesting people worry about a surveillance capitalism state, where stores recognize your face as you walk in, or track your phone to see what you're browsing for. At the same time, amateur celebrities, influences, and others want to record and share more aspects of their everyday lives, without letting their followers into their innermost private lives. All three of these situations, and more, are driving interest and needs for protecting cyber-physical privacy.

The Blur Hoodie provides a system that includes textiles, protective plastics, and electronic features for these situations, in a design that is as timelessly stylish as it is functional and convenient. In addition to the hoodie itself, we developed a catalog page outlining the benefits and features:

"Pro athletes, first responders, and astronauts have long had access to the most advanced apparel and accessories. Now the Blur Hoodie brings the same types of materials, electronics, sensors, and algorithms to skateboarding, parkour, athleisure, and street wear. Whether you're practicing steezy kickflips over broken glass, concerned about protecting your personal privacy while shopping in the stores that still exist, or gearing up for a protest that could take a wrong turn, Blur has you covered in every sense."

Users say Blur is...
“The Patagonia for protests” – A.D., social hacktivist, Karachi
“A traceur’s go-to gear” – Z.S., parkour TikTok celebrity, Atlanta
“My family’s bubble between surveillance capitalism and the surveillance state.” - K.W., father of three, Stockholm


Blur Hoodie

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What if our food ingredient choices were suddenly restricted - by climate change, health concerns, or the limitations of living inside a base on Mars? How will we cope and compensate? What will we miss the most? You can explore these scenarios, and how you would choose to balance taste, nutrition, and health, by making your own personal food cubes in our PixelAte workshop. It's a practical as well as emotional exercise meant to incite action now.

Pixelate

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We facilitate workshops with your team on-site or remotely. Hundreds of people have used our process for everything from new product development, to scenario planning and personal career development.

Synthesizing Futures

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Artificial Intelligence seems to be everywhere, solving problems ranging from healthcare to home cleaning. But to solve the biggest challenges facing humanity or a nation, governments need to know how to best allocate scarce resources such as finance, expertise, and regulatory attention.

To help the Spanish government tackle the country's largest challenges, and find opportunities for its innovators beyond its borders, we set up a moonshot program under the auspices of ISDEFE (Ingeniería de Sistemas para la Defensa de España, Engineering Systems for the Defence of Spain). Initially defining 40 moonshot-scale challenges in terms of financial, human, economic, and other impacts, we then went on to document the domestic and international initiatives that the government could tap into in order to solve them. In this ongoing project, using Futurity Science Tools (FST), we are cataloging and categorizing thousands of scientific papers, university startups, patents, and other markers of innovation in AI, to help create a platform that will endure for years to come.

Moonshot España

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Instead of merely adding data to a reflection of your self, it uses cameras, microphones, virtual avatars, and deepfake technology to show you as you are, as you’d like to be, or as you don’t want to become. Conversational AI engages you in dialog with your digital twin, for information, self-motivation, or even cognitive behavioral therapy. At scale, the device could to to psychology what gene sequencing machines did to genomics: turn a largely qualitative field with low reproducibility into a quantitative, predictive science and engineering discipline.

Visible Friend

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What if you could control another person’s body, making their muscles move at the press of a button, the flex of your arm, or even just a thought? Using off the shelf hardware, we've created a any-to-any neural interface system, whereby nearly any form of digital input (whether that be a mobile phone app an electromyography [EMG sensor], or even a tweet) can be used to cause a human, animal, or insect limb to respond.

While currently at a level of accuracy appropriate for parlor tricks and drinking games, in the future this technology could be used for rehabilitation (e.g. helping paraplegics to walk, replacing exoskeletons) or to teach motor skills like playing piano or the best golf swing.

Remote Body Control

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The oral microbiome - the unique cohort of bacteria that live in our mouths - don't just cause cavities and canker sores. Diabetes, obesity, Alzheimers Disease, and many more conditions beyond the mouth and even the digestive system have been found to be related to the balance of good and bad bugs coating our teeth, tongue, and cheeks. What if a combination of dental care, genomics, custom probiotic toothpaste, and even light could help optimize it? The Biome Brush artifact explores the science and user habits that could ensue.

Managing the oral microbiome
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6503789/

Controlling microbes with light - optogenetics
https://www.genengnews.com/news/optogenetics-shows-how-the-microbiome-affects-longevity/

Smartphone-sized gene sequencer
https://nanoporetech.com/products/minion

Biome Brush

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Like our other senses, it’s possible to create digital experiences for the tongue, by providing carefully controlled electrical impulses. We set out to explore and refine this new neural interface. This project illustrates our iterative prototyping process.

1. Functional prototype
Initially, we wanted to test whether electronic taste was even possible, regardless of the aesthetics of the device. We created a plastic pad for the tongue, with jumper wires connected straight to a breadboard and simple circuit. We tested various voltages and waveforms to see whether we could stimulate tastes like salty, sweet, bitter, and umami.

2. Basic design
With a few tastes enabled, we turned to the design of form factors that would resemble a real product. For example, we developed easy-to-swap tongue pads with permanent electrodes, so different users and tastes can use the same base unit with batteries and buttons.

3. Exploring aesthetics
We built several mockups with “shelf appeal” - designed to look like an actual product that might be sold in stores. Like actual popsicles, bright colors and unique shapes are meant to enhance the taste experience via other senses.

Electronic Popsicle

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Vaping has transformed how people intake nicotine, offering an alternative to tobacco smoking and an explosion of innovation in flavors, delivery devices, and business models. What if we could do the same with alcohol? We created a device for experiencing fragrant spirits in a new way - even adding fluorescence, holograms, and music - that users describe in equally glowing terms.

Vapeohol

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Structural Colouring
The rainbow iridescence you see on this chocolate requires no additional pigments or ingredients. We create it using the same effect found in oyster shells and butterfly wings, known as structural (as opposed to chemical) coloration. It’s just chocolate!

Galantamine
Inside, however, we can add exciting ingredients beyond the usual sea salt or mint essence. One is the natural drug galantamine, an extract of the snowdrop flower, which is known to induce lucid dreams and at higher doses, to treat Alzheimers Disease.

Chocodescent

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Each physical card links to an online counterpart, where you can find more details and links to additional sources.

You can use them for ideation sessions, focus groups, or other methods used in futures work.

You can order our pre-built card decks in various themes, or create custom cards and decks of your own. You can even create QR stickers to attach to other card systems.

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