On Social Impacts of Future Technologies

Posted by Elia Elenius on Jan 23, 2018 10:03:49 AM

We are living in a postmodern world where we acknowledge the fact that there is no single narrative of history or an idealized state of being, where we are ultimately heading to. The death of god [1] did not mean the victory of reason, nor did the downfall of Soviet Union mean the end of history [2]. Instead, there are multiple possible paths to future, and the idealized state of being is always contingent on the social reality that varies in time and space.

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Topics: ai, artificialintelligence, future

Tom Ståhlberg on Health and Technology

Posted by Laura on Dec 28, 2017 3:59:28 PM

Last week I met another member of our advisory board, Tom Ståhlberg. He started our chat by saying: "First the whole idea for SHIFT sounded a bit crazy to me. Why would you want to bring together the fields of health, learning and energy, when they have nothing in common? But after a while it made sense".

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One of The SHIFT startups raises 500 000€

Posted by Katri on Dec 28, 2017 3:40:31 PM

For some reason, as every great story, this one started from Boost Turku.Three guys knowing nothing about anything were thrown into some kind of accelerator. Now somewhat about three years later we have come up to annouce that Tapin feedback is now Feedbackly and we raised €500K in growth funding.

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GE had some BIG news to tell you at SHIFT 2016

Posted by Katri on Nov 21, 2017 2:31:00 PM

GE is constantly looking for ways to reinvent and disrupt the status quo. In December 2013, GE introduced the Health Innovation Village concept. Today, the Village, located at GE’s Finnish headquarters in Helsinki, is the home of about 30 health tech startups. At SLUSH 2015, the company launched StartUp Health Finland, the first international hub of StartUp Health. Last year, GE decided to reveal their next big thing at SHIFT, because speedy, relevant and affordable innovations are needed across all sectors, not just the health sector. 

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From waste to art

Posted by The Shift on Nov 1, 2017 2:02:00 PM

As part of our program in 2016, we invited Alessio De Marchi to do a short artist residency before and during SHIFT. Alessio is an Italian artist working on a project called ”WHAT WEEE ARE”

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Eight skills necessary to navigate the future

Posted by The Shift on Nov 1, 2017 2:00:00 PM

What attributes and skills does one need to navigate succesfully in the Future? Henrietta Kekäläinen gives her professional opinion.

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Common Denominator

Posted by Erika on Nov 1, 2017 1:59:00 PM

In 2015, the leaders of the world gathered in Paris to discuss one of the biggest challenges we are facing today, global warming. It feels as though we are at a tipping point. The urgency of this matter has reached an unprecedented level.

While they argue over who's responsible for what, and who should be paying for what, let's take a moment and think about what this all means for you and me. What will it take to start making a change towards a more sustainable future?

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Bring down the silos

Posted by Alexander on Oct 19, 2017 1:58:00 PM

We believe that future societal and economic development is dependent on our ability to see and understand the connections and relations between different sectors. The problem is that we are too sector-oriented and far too disciplinary oriented. What if we would change things around? What could be achieved by bringing people from different fields together? Would we perhaps accomplish more?

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The Renaissance of our species

Posted by Singh on Jun 1, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Neil Harbisson identifies himself as a Trans-species. Unable to see colors, he decided to acquire an additional sense that would let him perceive them!

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Posted by Singh on Jun 1, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Gerd Leonhard says, people don’t like or invest in companies and industries because of their technology. What attracts people is the intrinsic human value which is part of an organisation and how this value is tied with their vision.

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