Here are some categories of things I think about - together with pages dedicated to my thoughts, post and collections on the topic.
Digital Manufacturing: The physical world is becoming data, and data is becoming the physical world. New methods of designing and producing physical objects are becoming further and further democratized by means of computers tech.
Makers: I see the maker movement is more than hobbyists having fun making things. It's a way of viewing the world, and it's actually one of the most relevant movements alive today - addressing things from education, to employment, to manufacturing, and even our society's long-term deficit of meaning.
Hardware Startups: There's a growing movement of startups that make physical products. Most of the world's problems involve hardware: water, food, shelter, medicine, etc. - those cannot be solved by information efficiency alone. We need to make physical products, but only until recently was it possible to think about doing so without massive fundraising, etc.
Post-Scarcity: We know that there's enough resources on Earth to put to rest basic human needs, but this hasn't happened. Here I look into why it hasn't happened, some signs of it emerging, and some ideas for how to get closer to such a state.
Quality of Life: What does it mean to live a good life? How can we help everyone define & achieve this in their life?
Education: coming soon...
Modularism: Current design aesthetics are mired in the funk of post-modernism, these are my thoughts for a forward-looking design philosophy based on reuse, openness, interoperability, and Also, there's a big list of things I see as reflecting this burgeoning movement.
Intellectual Property: The current system of IP: patents, copyright, trademark, etc. rely mostly on the state creating and enforcing a type of monopoly over intangible ideas in order for society to ostensibly benefit from the increased ROI that monopoly rights give a corporation to earn back their R&D expenditure. I'm skeptical of such monopolies as being the best way of accomplishing this task, or that they even produce net positive ROI for society as a whole.
Meaning: I used to be Christian Fundamentalist, but now I'm an atheist. If not handed down as a heavenly charge, where are we supposed to find meaning in this world? Do we even need meaning to experience a well-lived life?