Recap #02: Should we all be paid for the extraction of our personal data?

New brain implant translates thoughts of writing into text and more

a year ago   •   2 min read

By Caroline Barrueco
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How does your mind work? Do you have a mind's eye or an internal monologue? Both? Neither?
Akemi asked this question, and we realized that some people think in concepts, others think in words and some think in images. Join the conversation and share what's going on inside your head.

Should we all be paid for the extraction of our personal data?
Rodrigo shared this proposal.
And there's this Flash Forward episode, where matter is discussed in depth. Katadded: "That is fascinating!! It seems appropriate in California, but I also think about how easy it is for companies to up and leave if they don’t like the tax… furthering the point of “our data” vs “my data”. Nonetheless, I think it is a valuable direction to start heading in with an extractive industry that has implications for the public good."


What are you currently reading? These are some recommendations from the community:

Peter shared The Case for Universal Creative Income in which artists get paid for being creative. In a crisis of creativity such as the one we are going through, this might be a good idea.


A brain implant allows for the translation of thoughts into written text - a paralyzed person was able to type 90 characters per minute by imagining they were writing the words by hand.

Next Atlas just released a great report listing several emerging tech use cases for COVID-free social experiences. Download the report on Next Altlas' website or on #feed-emerging-tech.

Using temporary gene silencing to treat chronic pain. - the treatment could be a way of fighting the opioid epidemic.

Last week we gave a techJourney workshop lead by Envisioning's Head of Research, Thiara Cavadas, together we used technologies to come up with solutions for future global security problems. This is the technology radar that was developed in the workshop!


May 18 - 3 pm CET: Decolonising Futures in Design Education

May 18 - 8 pm CET: [EV] Patterns of Technological Transformation

May 19 - 6:30 pm CET: Speculative Futures of Farewell – What you leave behind

May 21 - 23: Complexity Weekend

May 25 - 7 pm CET: [EV] Patterns of Technological Transformation

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Caroline Barrueco

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