Warehouses fill up on their own. Seals report their level of wear. Intruders enter homes through toasters. Digitalization is taking visions and transforming them into reality, with the results often surpassing the powers of the imagination. What is impossible today will be a feature of everyday life tomorrow. This is where abstract bits and bytes become concrete. With stunning examples, our articles demonstrate how networking and artificial intelligence are changing industry and society.


High and Low

“Industry 4.0” was supposed to make manufacturing more attractive in Europe and the United States. So far though, only a few companies have moved production back from low-cost countries. Has something gone awry?

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The Continent of Globalization

Africa is rarely mentioned when people discuss globalization or thought to be one of the losers in the game. In reality, the continent tends to be ahead of other regions when it comes to digitalization and its spirit of innovation.

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Our Shrinking World

A video call to the Far East, an Instagram post from a friend in South America, booking an intercontinental flight, push news from a phone. The world is coming together with the help of globalization.

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Dossier Future Files

ESSENTIAL launched a loose sequence of short stories, each of which is set in its own fictional future. Some of them have recurring characters and settings, and some stand on their own. The goal is to play with very different visions as creatively as possible and bring the reader along on a thought experiment:

What form could our future take – and what would it mean to us?

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