Do the Rules of Platform Control our Lives?

An emergence of the digital platform economy is driving fundamental changes in our societies. The way people come together, communicate, and create value is changing. Thesis: In the foreseeable future, all of our interactions with strangers will be facilitated by global digital platforms: from trade to meetings to sex to services and peer-help. Most successful digital platforms can reach near monopoly in months, allowing us to do the things we could not do before, yet granting very little power to their users or the societies they operate in. Are we […]

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Future of work is one of hyperconnected world’s key tensions

Our world is becoming hyperconnected. It means that the physical and the virtual world will collide, come together and exchange qualities. The impact of automation and digitalization on the future of work has been debated for a long time already. One of the most well-known book of the debate is Jeremy Rifkin’s End of Work (1995). According to Rifkin, unemployment will increase massively in the future because of information technology. Millions of people in manufacturing, agricultural and service sectors would then lose their jobs as they can be done with help of machines. Fifteen […]

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Will the Nordic perspective on the hyperconnected planet pull us out of the fire?

The defining correlation of our time is the correlation between the unsustainable use of resources and human wellbeing. Because of the limited resources of our planet, we must seek ways to end this dependence. Finland tops the charts in human wellbeing year after year. But with our current way of life, this level of wellbeing is unsustainable. The average Finn uses approximately three and a half times more resources than what is sustainable in the long run. On the other hand, the countries that do succeed in environmental wellbeing charts […]

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