Creative thinking


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01.10.18

The infantilization of Western culture

Our everyday interactions with smartphones and social media have accelerated and normalized our culture’s infantile tendencies.
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25.09.18

New Prince album: why posthumous releases can sell both artist and fans short

Would Prince really have approved of the music industry's attempts to keep him in the front of our minds?
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31.08.18

The ghost of Roy Orbison goes on tour – and some aren’t happy about it

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29.08.18

KSI vs Logan Paul YouTube boxing match: stars sparring with traditional broadcasters to make millions

Believe the hype: Logan Paul was so confident that he would beat KSI that he has bet $1m on himself to win. But this is pocket money, compared with the millions they will both earn in merchandise and ticket sales.
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27.08.18

How to reverse engineer memory to create a lasting impression

Think back to all the times you spent weekends with your friends at university. Can you distinguish these weekends from each other, or do they all seem sort of similar - like it was all one long Saturday? The cool thing is that you can use these shortcomings of the brain to your advantage.
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04.08.18

The album at 70: a format in decline?

The album – or at least, the 33rpm vinyl record that spawned the format – turns 70 years old this year. But it isn’t ageing gracefully.
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25.07.18

Design thinking. Design still comes first.

For many businesses, design thinking is their best bet to keep them ahead in a rapidly changing and increasingly challenging world. And here’s the thing, it actually works.
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06.07.18

IBM’s debating computer: an AI expert’s verdict

The competition got underway when the computer’s female voice, a mix of Amazon’s Alexa and Stephen Hawking’s communicator, spoke to its human opponent: “Hello Noa. We meet again.”
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01.07.18

World Cup VAR: technology is transforming the beautiful game

Digitisation is already transforming the game of football. But it is also leading many people to fear that the game is changing too fast and leaving fans behind.
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25.06.18

Thousands of Swedes are inserting microchips into themselves – here’s why

For many people, the idea of carrying a microchip in their body feels more dystopian than practical. So have Swedes just lost it?
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18.06.18

Students need IT skills to compete in the new economy

Information technology skills are increasingly required if you want a job with upward mobility and autonomy. A new “IT intensity” index that I developed illustrates this trend.
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15.06.18

Kanye West’s new housing project, reviewed by a professor of urban design

Self-proclaimed polymath genius Kanye West has declared his ambitions in social housing for the masses. As a professor of urban design, it’s not immediately clear to me how the competing forces of real estate, fame and social concerns can be remixed to blend harmoniously in the modern urban landscape.
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13.06.18

Digital addiction: how technology keeps us hooked

Digital technologies, such as social networks, online shopping, and games, use a set of persuasive and motivational techniques to keep users returning. We’re part of a research team that focuses on digital addiction and here are some of the techniques and mechanisms that digital media use to keep you hooked.
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04.06.18

The death of the auteur director in the #MeToo age

The attitudes that once enabled male artists to exploit and abuse women with impunity must be cast into the past. But leave the work alone, with its cultural life living on beyond its creators.
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01.06.18

The charts may be getting sadder but popular music has never been more varied

The idea that pop songs are getting sadder makes for interesting reading and eye-catching headlines.
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31.05.18

Nobel literature row

Usually it takes a world war to disrupt the prize. This time, however, it was over a scandal fitting to our times.
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30.05.18

How to get environmental art right

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Artscape Nordland in Norway remains exceptional in its scale, conception and the sensitivity of its development, writes Rachel Withers.
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29.05.18

Tom Wolfe elevated journalism into enduring literature

In the end, Tom Wolfe gave the world the story of 60 years of the American experience, in fiction and nonfiction.
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11.05.18

The science of the plot twist: How writers exploit our brains

Why knowing about a plot twist ahead of time – the dreaded “spoiler” – doesn’t really spoil the experience at all.
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05.04.18

A Quiet Place and Far Cry 5: popular media on the dangers of ‘speaking out’

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04.04.18

This is The Creative Industry Brief

Welcome to the The Creative Industry Brief, our new online magazine and newsletter covering how serious creativity, freedom and guts drives the new economy. At 657, Norway’s largest coworking space for the creative industries, we see these forces in action every day. Today, we launch The Creative Industry Brief to document and draw inspiration from this happening space.
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04.04.18

Classroom design should follow evidence, not architectural fads

Despite a boom in the construction of trendy buildings and classrooms, the evidence for their link to boosting learning outcomes is limited.
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04.04.18

Transhumanism: Should advances in technology put evolution into hyperdrive?

We can either take advantage of advances in technology to enhance human beings (never to go back), or we can legislate to prevent this from happening.
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03.04.18

Humanities and science collaboration still isn’t well understood

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03.04.18

Bring on the zombie apocalypse: five reasons why survival game Fortnite is a runaway success

A wide range of design decisions could be attributed to Fortnite’s success, but I’d like to focus on understanding the play experiences that entice players to keep on playing.