The term ‘better’ has become such an ambiguous declaration that it has now come to mean pretty much anything - from a little less bad (mostly), to a genuine commitment of working towards equality and utopia (rarely). As such we need to remain mindful of the every utterance of better.

TLDR: The term better is too often used as a performative proxy for the virtue of altruism and aspiration towards a positive future, with little consideration or accountability for what it actually means to be better.

Imagine the start of the next New York Marathon. The firing guns shoots and…


* and also Human-Centered Design

Part 1.

The Problem — “Hello User.”

TLDR: Assigning a person the status of a user is an act of objectification and dehumanisation — by necessity.


Does The Future have a past? When and where did The Future start and how has it evolved? What can The Future’s past tell us about The Future’s present, and ultimately The Future’s own future?

TLDR: The Future has a history.

The concept of The Future* didn’t suddenly appear from nowhere, many of its current interpretations reflect ancient events and realisations that existed long before the modern fields of physics, history, philosophy, futurology, science fiction and multiple other modes of future focused human thinking emerged. …


An Argument for Fourth-Dimensional Thinking

The below conversation between School of Critical Design co-founder Gemma Jones and critical designer Ted Hunt and was documented concurrently with the event Design with Time as part of the ReDesign Business talks series during London Design Festival 2020. The pre-recorded introduction to the conversation is now documented at x-AXIS.

G. Why does designing with time matter?

T. Our relationship to time quite literally defines our lives, we exist in time like a fish exists in water. And yet we’re often entirely unconscious of time’s true nature.

At this point in time we need to…


The above video essay is a new commission by Nesta as part of the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative — an ambitious new European Commission programme focused on creating a more inclusive, human-centric and resilient internet by 2025.

Transcript:

The web search engine is arguably one of the most iconic and defining technologies of the modern internet. Search engines allow us to access the sum of the world’s information and knowledge that is increasingly stored and distributed on the internet.

And yet today a single centralised access point, Google, monopolises search with a staggering 90 per cent share of the…


“Unless we design and implement alternative information structures which transcend and reconfigure the existing ones, other alternative systems and life styles will be no more than products of the existing process.”

“Editorial” from Radical Software, Berly Korot & Phyllis Gershuny, 1971

One of the prevailing narratives of technological progress in the first two decades of the twenty first century is that of ‘disruption’. Disruption has been increasingly glorified, morally justified, fetishised, and propagated as THE go-to strategy to deliver technological progress and change.

What if disruption isn’t in fact a force for good, and is merely a short-term brute…


“Unless we design and implement alternative information structures which transcend and reconfigure the existing ones, other alternative systems and life styles will be no more than products of the existing process.”

“Editorial” from Radical Software, Berly Korot & Phyllis Gershuny, 1971

One of the prevailing narratives of technological progress in the first two decades of the twenty first century is that of ‘disruption’. Disruption has been increasingly glorified, morally justified, fetishised, and propagated as THE go-to strategy to deliver technological progress and change.

What if disruption isn’t in fact a force for good, and is merely a short-term brute…


The above video essay is a new commission by Nesta as part of the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative — an ambitious new European Commission programme focused on creating a more inclusive, human-centric and resilient internet by 2025.

Transcript:

The web search engine is arguably one of the most iconic and defining technologies of the modern internet. Search engines allow us to access the sum of the world’s information and knowledge that is increasingly stored and distributed on the internet.

And yet today a single centralised access point, Google, monopolises search with a staggering 90 per cent share of the…


Time is not just a unitary phenomenon, it is also a cultural phenomenon. Time creates the conditions for culture, validates culture, punctuates culture, and records culture.

In 1983 Stephen Kern published a broad cultural history of the spatial-temporal transformation experienced between 1880 and 1918. The Culture of Time and Space 1880–1918 outlined the sweeping technological and cultural changes experienced by society in a short period of just 38 years, detailing how these changes forced about new modes of thinking about time & space, before illustrating how those changes transformed the previous conventions and structures that had dominated cultural perception throughout…


Abstract: This is a new collaboration between Ted Hunt and Internet Age Media - exploring a series of pluralist alternatives to Larry Page’s rhetorical question ‘what could be better?’. This post represents an initial summary of the project’s key outcomes and learnings, alongside framing the implications upon the fields of; quantum like web search / an enhanced appreciation of the ethnosphere / the exploration of preferable pluralistic futures.

http://www.whatcouldbebetter.xyz

“What could be better?” - Larry Page, CEO & Multi-Billionaire

In 2015 the multi-billionaire Larry Page published an open letter to the internet euphorically heralding a revised future vision for Alphabet / Google. After outlining numerous ideological benefits the letter ended…

Ted Hunt

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