WORK AND PLAY
In Issue 5 of MONTAG: what will happen to that trickiest of dichotomies, work and play?
As we dicovered in Issue 4 - the Modern Money issue - the act of earning money is changing rapidly. The next wave of automation is predicted to whittle away about 40% of existing jobs - so what will those displaced humans do with their days?
Will this free time, coupled with the free money being dangled alluringly by a Universal Basic Income, allow us to revert to a lifestyle of pure play?
MONTAG Issue 5 wants to know: when work stops being work, and play is everyday, what does "play" even mean in the modern world?
17776 Football, For The Love Of The Game
On July 5, 2017, Vox Media's sports-focused site SBNation published an article by Jon Bois entitled "What football will look like in the future – 17776." The rest is history.
Gaming the system: your life has become the biggest game you’ve (n)ever played
Gamification is the concept of using the collect-reward-and-repeat process from video games in real life. It's now deeply seeped into our daily routines. And it’s making us do things we wouldn’t otherwise do.
Burger-flipping, coffee-dripping, and cocktail-mixing food service bots
If you've worked in food service, you know it can make you feel a bit robotic. Monotonous tasks like making coffees, flipping burgers, or pouring beers seem like they could be done just as well by a machine. Robo-baristas, grill-bots, and mecha-bartenders are on their way to one million served.
TODAY'S DYSTOPIA: Games and play in fiction
Sport, games and play are intrinsically popular. And the best creative minds of our times have painted a rich canvas of possible evolutions of them. Unfortunately the best creative minds are hiding their ideas under a bushel, and all the ones that make it into mainstream entertainment are rubbish.
Let's talk about Ready Player One
"I set out to write about this movie the way that I thought it should be approached: with full nerd-immersion. But after seeing Steven Spielberg's adaption of Ready Player One, I wasn't disappointed *in* the nerds who love this book, but *for* them."
THE MONTAGE Podcast Episode 8: how to become a cyborg right now, and how robots will steal your creative job
BETTER EIGHT THAN NEVER! - In Episode 8, Kathryn peers under the skin to find out what it takes to become a cyborg; Joe argues that we should be grateful for the advent of automation; and Kwiz Kween Kathryn makes Thom and Joe sound like the continual fall-guys they are.
Break the world to win: speedrunning and the multiverse
For Speedrunners, beating Super Mario Brothers by 66 milliseconds is not only a major achievement, but one that needs knowledge of the quantum world: where normal rules don't apply and spacetime warps to your will.