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]
A conversation about the future
is a 1 hr. 15 min. Time magazine podcast (mp3 file) of a panel discussion, featuring Internet entrepreneur Mark Cuban, LA Times op-ed editor Andres Martinez, author Steven Johnson ("Everything Bad Is Good for You") and magazine writer Caitlin Flanagan.
was a man ahead of his time. His epic 'novel' Star Maker
(1937) considered the emergence of genetic engineering, the outcome of the many worlds interpretation and delved deeper than any book before or since into the consequences of evolution on the cosmos. His fans have included the likes of Arthur C Clarke
, Jorge Luis Borges and Virginia Woolf
. Even his greatest detractor, C.S.Lewis, wrote an entire Cosmic Trilogy
in response to his imaginings. Yet despite Stapledon's magnetic prose
and extraordinary influence on speculative fiction
his name remains largely forgotten by the world
. Yet his words still resonate with insight: "Did not our life issue daily as more or less firm threads of active living, and mesh itself into the growing web, the intricate, ever-proliferating pattern of mankind?"
Time Digital 2026:
Normally I wouldn't get too excited about Time Digital, but this issue was edited by SF writer Bruce Sterling and features such future niceties as sewerbots and organically grown homes. Now if we could only get him to guest-edit Family PC...