Entries by Frans Astala

Back to the Future: Cars so fly

On October 21st of 2015, a heavily modified De Lorean DMC-12 emerges on a highway of flying cars accompanied by bolts of lightning. Dr. Emmett Brown, Marty McFly and his girlfriend Jennifer Parker ascend down to the town of Hill Valley to find a future of 3D-holograms, voice controlled home appliances, very different from their […]

Knock. Knock.

How do you relate to your neighbors in your culture? Is it normal to invite them to each other’s house for a cup of tea and a chat? Do you limit your interaction to a polite hello and a smile? Or do you perhaps wait in your apartment when you hear them in the corridor, […]

Forever in student debt

The job market isn’t what it used to be. Many who have grown up in the industrialized countries envy older generations for how easy it was to get a job. Those from developing countries often see more opportunities brought by economic growth, but also face a more competitive environment. In both cases the rules have […]

A Homeless Generation of Builders

The me, me and me generation is constantly being told how they are the most narcissistic and spoiled generation in the history of humankind. If you use the amount of selfies as your yardstick, then yes, it might make you believe that the youth of today are more self centered than the generations before. But […]

On consumer rights and the right to consume

Think about all the things you buy on a weekly basis. All the clothes, food and the commuting you do, all the things that produce a carbon footprint, which is pretty much encompasses everything we do in a modern society. Would you be able to cut down 3 fourths of it, and get by with […]

The Voice: Social Media between good and bad

Beginning from the 1st of January, employees in France have had the ”right to disconnect”, or in other words, the right to not use technology for work outside of working hours. Being constantly connected to work with digital devices has been associated with stress and even burnouts. Detrimental aspects of social media are frequenting news […]