What, then, should replace the idea of utopia? One answer can be found in another neologism—protopia—incremental progress in steps toward improvement, not perfection. As the futurist Kevin Kelly describes his coinage:
Protopia is a state that is better today than yesterday, although it might be only a little better. Protopia is much much harder to visualise. Because a protopia contains as many new problems as new benefits, this complex interaction of working and broken is very hard to predict.
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“Welcome to 2030. I own nothing, have no privacy, and life has never been better“
Science fiction by Ida Auken, MP, Parliament of Denmark. And a rebuttal by Salvatore Iaconesi, founder at Art is Open Source, Human Ecosystems and Nefula.
Welcome to 2030. I own nothing, have no privacy, and I don’t know what life is anymore