Class, Housing and Data in the 21st Century
Class in the 21st Century (Precarity and Power): How can cities, states and countries cope with automation? What will and won't be automated? What is the future of the gig economy? Will gig workers unionize? Can peer to peer platforms compete against corporate services? What are crypto-unions? Will a universal basic income ultimately be necessary? How is it performing in different pilot programs across the world currently?
Housing in the 21st Century (Programmable Matter): Will neighborhood eventually become "programmable"? How will smart infrastructure affect housing? How will smart mobility affect settlement patterns? How do services like AirBnB effect rents? Or real-estate firms that do algorithmic purchasing? Is it possible to create mobile-neighborhoods, or buildings that contain removable habitation units? How will that affect current anti-gentrification struggles?
Data in the 21st Century (Elimination of Privacy): How will affective computing, the expansion of the brain computer interface and virtual reality effect privacy? How will machine learning and deep learning enable greater and greater pattern recognition from big data? Does this power lead towards technocracy? What are data-unions? Are there alternative methods to structuring data-ownership?
Possibilities for Freedom (Augmented, Mobile, Networked): How can a citizen ensure that they will be poised to empower themselves in this shifting landscape? How can a citizen ensure that they will be able to empower others? What augmentations are necessary in order to adapt? What kind of settlement pattern, both personally and socially? How can a citizen ensure that they are using the power of the network, and also helping the network to advance the causes of one's fellow citizens?