2021 and 2022 in Ten Words
The five words that defined 2021, and five you will need to know in 2022.
Meta: Facebook’s regeneration reflected the fast-evolving relationship between the digital universe and the physical world around us.
Crypto: Digital currencies began to influence markets like never before, while NFT artworks shook up the contemporary art world.
Suborbital: We witnessed major galactic milestones and a thoroughly modern “space race”, signalling a new era of space tourism.
Cellular agriculture: The process of generating ingredients in a bioreactor, replacing the need for intensive farming practices to “grow” coffee, meat and other staples.
Post-consumer: From a machine that reduces worn clothing to fibres from which new garments can be made, to the resale revolution, giving objects a “second life” is becoming a major consumer motivator.
Multi-species: An increasingly-popular design ethos that prizes empathy and care, and places animals and humans as equals in a thriving ecosystem. For more about how this is shaping the future, listen to Carole Collet in conversation with WGSN.
Negentropic: The idea of “negative entropy”, a concept from physics which roughly translates as chaos draining energy, is inspiring everything from mindful life guides to utopian architecture projects. Expect to see it pop up increasingly in 2022.
web3: The next generation of the internet and connected devices, described by experts as a decentralized universe that unites the digital and the physical.
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