TED: Jason Shen

This week’s TED Talk was filmed during the 2017 TEDResidency in New York, New York, in November 2017. The TED Residency program is an incubator for breakthrough ideas. It is free and open to all via a semiannual competitive application. Very few of us hold jobs that line up directly with our past experiences or what we studied […]

the new normal

Can you believe that I still hear people sometimes referring to the crisis in the present tense? Yes, they mean the Global Financial Crisis that swept the economies of the developed countries in 2007-08. That crisis. While it is true that what started with Lehman Brothers in the US in September 2007 did not resonate in other […]

real-life skills

In the aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a few days ago I couldn’t help but wonder what it is that we send our youngsters to school for. The most common answer would be to get an education, but in that respect I tend to agree with Albert […]

TED: Stuart Duncan

This week’s TED Talk was filmed during the 2017 TEDxYorkUSalon that took place on April 22 in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) under the general title of Autism innovations. The internet can be an ugly place, but you won’t find bullies or trolls on Stuart Duncan’s Minecraft server, AutCraft. Designed for children with autism and their families, AutCraft […]

no WiFi

In his 1964 hit The Times They Are A-Changin’, Bob Dylan already warned us about the shifting nature of things, and how the present now will later be past.” Quite true: Just a few years ago, the first thing most of us did when entering a coffee shop, hotel, restaurant, bookshop -or any other public venue- […]


So you jump into your car and there is no steering wheel, no gear stick and no pedals. You tell your car where it is that you want to go to (just like you would talk to Siri), sit back and enjoy the ride: You read a newspaper, make a few phone calls or just […]


I love technology. I really do. But who doesn’t, these days? Just think of all the things that technology allows for, all the things that we couldn’t do before, all the things that it has replaced. Just one example: think of all the things the smartphone in your pocket has replaced: landlines and payphones photo […]