This story originally appeared as part of The Future Centre’s Sense Making blog series.

Credit: “Close up of The Thinker” by Brian Hillegas. Creative Commons licence CC BY

“..There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?” — David Foster Wallace, This is Water.

Sometimes, the most obvious and important realities are the hardest to see and talk about. Digital technology, now ubiquitous in…

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