by Greg Pak
, a free comic about the not-so-distant future.
California's ailing Republicans: A dying breed?
'Republicans are relishing the coming of a new day on Capitol Hill. But across the country in California, the party of Nixon and Reagan is drifting toward obscurity. The latest sign of imperiled health: In a year Republicans notched big victories in Congress, governor's offices and statehouses around the nation, California Democrats made a clean sweep of eight statewide contests on Nov. 2. Democrats padded their majority in the Legislature, where the party controls both chambers and no congressional seats changed parties. California counted more registered Republicans in 1988 than it does today, even though the state population has since grown by about 10 million.''It's been said the future happens first in California, and the state hit a little-noticed milestone this month that will have implications in voting booths for years to come. For the first time, Hispanics account for more than half the students in the state's public schools. They will be tomorrow's voters.' [more inside]
In 2007, City officials convened a group of stakeholders, including representatives of taxi drivers, owner and passengers, to create a set of goals for the next New York City taxi cab, a project called the Taxi of Tomorrow.
Baltimore area schools are using this Johns Hopkins program
In an effort to combat rampant absenteeism
and improve graduation rates, several Baltimore area middle schools are adopting the Stocks in the Future
program developed by Johns Hopkins University program. Students are paid up to $80 a year based on their attendance and grades, which they are then allowed to invest in the stock market. Upon graduation, students keep their own portfolios (surprisingly, not all of them do)
. The program allows students to develop some financial literacy and has improved attendance rates.
Hatsune Miku's latest album
debuted in the number one spot on the Japanese weekly Oricon album charts. She's playing live to sold out stadiums, and action figures depicting her have been shot into space
... [more inside]
Home Computing in the Future
, according to Freescale Semiconductor (Vimeo) [more inside]
A Search Service that Can Peer into the Future.
A Yahoo Research tool mines news archives for meaning—illuminating past, present, and even future events. Showing news stories on a timeline has been tried before. But Time Explorer
, a prototype news search engine created as a venture of Yahoo's Research Lab
and the Living Knowledge Project
, generates timelines that will stretch into the future as well as the past. Here is what a search for MetaFilter
produces. [more inside]
It's only a prototype, but I think the video more than makes up for it. Via
The London Underground. Every Londoner has used it
, but has everyone really seen it? The old map
is looking a bit dusty. Perhaps its time for Geographic precision
or maybe 3D projection
. If we add bicycles to the map
, is it still an underground? [more inside]
40 Things You Need to Know About the Next 40 Years
For it's 40th anniversary issue, Smithsonian magazine asks experts in various fields for insights into our future and compiles a list of 40 predictions about the future of science, nature, the arts and technology. The feature essay is by President Obama, in which he explains why he's optimistic
about America's future. (VIA) [more inside]
- shows old early nineties AT&T ad in accurate future prediction SHOCK !
In 20 Years ...
Upload a photo of yourself and the site produces a predictive illustration of what you'll look like in 20 or 30 years. And as an added bonus, you can toggle whether you're a drug addict or not. [more inside]
The New York World’s Fair of 1939 and 1940
promised visitors they would be looking at the “World of Tomorrow
”. (second link is similar to the second one here)
, professor of computer science, painter, neoconservative columnist, and unabomber victim, on rethinking the internet
The structure called a cyberstream or lifestream is better suited to the Internet than a conventional website because it shows information-in-motion, a rushing flow of fresh information instead of a stagnant pool.
On the ethics of illegally downloading e-books
; a Teleread essay full of interesting links about these modern e-reading times. Inspired in part by this New York Times Ethicist column
, and brought to my attention by this ask.metafilter question
"Forget everything you did today. Clear your schedule and spend the next half hour watching this video
. It’s a presentation by Jesse Schell, founder of Schell Games
and former creative director of the Disney Imagineering Virtual Reality Studio. A veteran game designer, he is also on the faculty of the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University.
In a talk at the DICE 2010 conference held last week in Las Vegas, he gave a presentation called Design Outside the Box. It is the most mind-blowing thing I’ve seen in a long, long time. And while this presentation was about the future of games, Schell could very well be talking about the future of technology."
“For me, augmented reality has to be the future for 2020, together with it's close cousin the internet of things
... It will become commonplace to be able to overlay reviews of a product simply by pointing a screen at it, or check the weather forecast by pointing your phone at the sky.” The Pew Research Center releases its The Future of the Internet IV
report, an online survey of 895 technology stakeholders’ and critics’ expectations of social, political and economic change by 2020. [more inside]
Future textile design by Elisa Strozyk
Mohandas K. Gandhi’s critique of the modern identification of society with the state was devastating. He believed that it disabled citizens, subjecting mind and body to the control of professional experts when the purpose of a civilization should be to enhance its members’ sense of their own self-reliance. He proposed instead that every human being is a unique personality and participates with the rest of humanity in an encompassing whole. Between these extremes lie proliferating associations of great variety. [...] But what is most relevant to us is his existentialist project. If the world of society and nature is devoid of meaning, each of us is left feeling small, isolated and vulnerable. How do we bridge the gap between a puny self and a vast, unknowable world? The answer is to scale down the world, to scale up the self or a combination of both, so that a meaningful relationship might be established between the two. Gandhi devoted a large part of his philosophy to building up the personal resources of individuals. Our task is to bring this project up to date. ~ From The Digital Revolution and me
by John Keith Hart
Acclaimed writer Bruce Sterling is back for his annual State of the World interview
in The WELL's inkwell conference. It's a must-read. The first question comes from Cory Doctorow who asks him to help him plan for the future now that Cory has a kid, etc. Sterling's answer is hilarious, biting, and brilliant all at the same time. And that's only the beginning...
The Year 3000 looks back on the Beatles:
A future-documentary on the world-changing impact of the Fab Four. (via
is perhaps the internet's most infamous hack
, digi/net artist
. His work
stands for a growing culture
of artists who run wildly
through animated GIF landscapes populated
with corrupted data-compressed
bunny rabbits and tinny, MIDI renditions
of Savage Garden ballads. As the Lisson Gallery
, London, opens its archives to Arcangel's curatorial eye, could digi/net art
be set to infect
the real, fleshy world
, like a rampant Conficker Worm
? Has YouTube become
the truest reflection of our anthropological
selves? Are we destined to roam the int3erw£bs like the mythic beasts of yore
, hoping, in time
, that digi art can free us
from the confines of this fleshy void?
, one of the foremost American theologians of the twentieth century, recently retired from Harvard, where he held the oldest tenured professorship in the nation. You've seen him discussed here before
for more bovine pursuits. But more importantly, he has argued that atheism is a passing fad
; his new book contends it emerges in response to factors that will change the face of faith in the coming generation
. Why should you care about an old theologian's last hurrah? His prior predictions have been right
How did life arise? What is information? In his recent dispatches
from The Technium
, Kevin Kelly would say extropy
). [previously 1
David Byrne's Perfect City Osaka's robot-run parking lots mixed with the Minneapolis lakefront; a musician's fantasy metropolis [more inside]
On hive minds,
“cognitive calisthenics”, “You+”. Cascio predicts that in the near future “many more humans will have the capacity to do something that was once limited to a hermetic priesthood”.
Get Smart, by Jamais Cascio, the Atlantic, July/August 2009
Where forward thinking terrestrials exchange ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction today. A growing number of universities, architecture and design schools are conducting projects
on this site. Hundreds of art treasures, educational videos and narratives are found in their galleries
. Every SpaceCollective member is provided with a personal time capsule
, preserving their contributions for the edification of each other as well as future times and beings.
A Farm For The Future.
Wildlife filmmaker Rebecca Hosking, previously in the public eye campaigning for the banning of plastic bags in the UK
, is moving back to the family farm to take over from her father. This "deeply hopeful but realistic film
" describes her investigation of the steps she could take to change it from a traditional beef pasture farm
to a truly sustainable permaculture environment
. [more inside]
What is the future of capitalism?
c) 'smart growth
d) none of the above
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