Issue 8 – The Future

Cover of the future - issue 8What awaits us in the future? This issue of Teknovatøren tries to answer just that. And is it all good?

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This fall issue of Teknovatøren has the broad overarching theme of what the future will look like. Previous issues of the magazine have centered on themes such as energy, controversies, the apocalypse, and nature – all of which, explicitly or not, look to the future. Here at the TIK centre as well, researchers look to the future of the climate, technology, innovation and knowledge. We at Teknovatøren considered it high time to devote an entire issue to the subject.

As we look to the future, we have to realize that it is intrinsically bound with the present. Our view of both the past and the future is always grounded in what we believe to be the truth, here, today. To think that we could somehow extract ourselves from our present perceptions would be foolish, which is why we have structured most of the articles in this magazine as you would structure ideas in theoretical physics. We start by considering a fact, something certain or proven, and then we analyze, theorize and rationalize further on the topic. This exploratory approach was the only way we could legitimize tackling such an elusive subject as the future.

We know that the temperature of the earth is rising, but are there technologically feasible solutions to change our course? Furthermore, we know that technology is becoming more intimate, and increasingly a given part of our lives, but where will we draw the line between the physical and digital world? Do we want to expose not just our thoughts and opinions, but our fingerprints and DNA to servers under foreign jurisdictions? And we know that the usage of big data can help us map everything from human behavior to the universe itself, but are we really comfortable with the way this data is collected and analyzed? Can we trust the police to properly use this kind of information to predict and prevent crime before it even occurs?

These are just a few of the questions we grapple with in this issue of Teknovatøren, and since every remaining moment of your life from this one and onward resides in the future, you really should come along for the ride.

Vegard Tveito
Executive Editor
TIK MA student


Board of Directors

Chairman: Jonas Archer
Executive Editor: Vegard Tveito
Head of Finance: Bjørnar Berntsen
Head of Marketing & Innovation: Mariann Sandbæk
Art Director: Anine Havn Andresen
Head of Digital Media: Harald Smedal Stamsø


Layout: Anine Havn Andresen, Vegard Tveito and Kim André Hansen
Photography: Shutterstock (unless otherwise noted)


Vegard Tveito, Maria Reinlie, Anine Havn Andresen, Caroline Yakubu, Kim André Hansen, Lise Mehre Ystgaard, Magnus Jakobsen, Karen Melbostad and Henriette B. Johannesen