Nationalism, Trump, cameras on bees, Instagram for artists... discover what has caught the imagination of FT Weekend writers and editors so far this year. Filmed on location at FT Weekend Live at Kenwood House.
Filmed by Petros Gioumpasis. Produced by Natalie Whittle. Edited by Oliver McGuirk.
The end of parking.
Backpack on a bee.
Miniature artificial hearts.
Does Donald Trump count as 2017?
So, I've been fascinated by the problem of motivated cognition. The idea that we believe what we want to believe. It's all politically polarised and we don't pay any attention to any facts or any evidence. And I've also become interested in a possible antidote discovered by a researcher called Dan Kahan at Yale. Kahan's idea is that giving people more information doesn't help. But people who are more curious, that's a different thing. So a genuine curiosity in the world and trying to understand the world and viewing the world as a puzzle to be solved and mysteries to be interpreted.
The worst idea, without question, in my view, has been rising nationalism, not just in Europe, but in the US as well.
I'm very excited about the autonomous vehicle. If you want to go anywhere by car, you will call an autonomous vehicle. But mostly, you'll go to your local high street, you'll get on the autonomous shuttle.
Discovering Instagram. I've always taking photographs on my iPhone, which I use as a sketchbook. But now I have a place to put them. So I found that as a very democratic, instant way of putting art out in the world.
Does Donald Trump count as 2017? I mean, that was a pretty bad idea.
There is a countermovement. I think a lot of mainstream politicians are much more comfortable with a kind of traditional, left/right agenda, are much more inclusive, outward-looking.
The news that they've invented a backpack small enough, with a tiny camera on, to put on the back of bees seem to me to be completely joyful. It's so tiny. It weighs less than half a raindrop. And so, at any time, we'll be able to follow the journey of bees.
I certainly feel that playing chicken with North Korea might be one of the lesser ideas.
In fashion, what I'm most excited about is the change of the supply chain at the moment, and the way people are working less to the fashion seasons and more to their own rhythm.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the first heart transplant in Cape Town. That was an epic event, but is heart transplantation still relevant today? So what we've been trying to do in the UK for many years now is to build a miniature British artificial heart.
For me, the worst idea was, on the political side, not allowing the 16-year-olds to vote for Brexit.
The idea of Macron was that if a centrist politician offers change, then people are also willing to vote for him or for her. I think he offered renewal, political renewal, in a very positive way.
The best event this year was the moment where a special prosecutor was appointed to look into the Russia connection with Trump. And when the guy was this chap, Bob Mueller, who is a very determined former head of the FBI, I suddenly thought, this is going to get really interesting. Maybe Trump is not going to get away with it.