Warning signs from the future.
Things to look out for when you get there.
Call a number in Iowa, give them the international number you want to call, talk for free - well, at American long-distance rates anyway. No headphones required.
Miracles You’ll See In The Next Fifty Years
Some more up-to-date predictions: science
, space travel
, mental health
, smart machines
, robots, mind uploading
What is your prediction
Shooting War: a graphic novel by Anthony Lappe and Dan Goldman.
The 11-chapter first act has been lauded in Rolling Stone
and The Village Voice
. It's 2011: President McCain is fighting for political survival, America is stuck in Iraq, and there's another oil embargo. 'Vlogger' and indie icon Jimmy Burns happens to catch a terrorist attack in NYC on his web cam, making him the new face of wartime journalism.
The Coming Death Shortage
We've talked about Aubrey De Grey and gerontology before, but what about the Anna Nicole Smith syndrome and compound interest? This piece from the Atlantic online brings up a scenario that that we may well have to deal with as the maximum possible age increases. Generational warfare, government subsidized longevity treatments ,30 year old adolescence and bio-engineered nations are just some of the things we will live to see if this forecast is accurate. (via Plastic
of the “jobs of the future” rhetoric surrounding the eagerness to end shop class and get every warm body into college, thence into a cubicle, implicitly assumes that we are heading to a “post-industrial” economy in which everyone will deal only in abstractions. Yet trafficking in abstractions is not the same as thinking...
HumanCar (note: 6.7mb WMV)
row, row, row your car... but it's telling that they show it going downhill, but not up. And will you need 3 friends whenever you need to run to the store? More videos
, and information
Designing the Next
[google video], an inspiring talk by William McDonough
on design and ecology, beyond sustainability. Starts a little slow, but builds a powerful vision of a possible future. [transcript
, see also
Call the Future
let's you send a phone message in the future. It sounds scary, but it could be useful for reminders. Or for pranks. The site creator's own prank
was not that great, though.
A talk given by Matt Webb on fictional futures
, and a whole lot besides. Just some text and some pictures, but he takes you on a most excellent brain adventure, from Italo Calvino
to a map of all the biochemical reactions on Earth
to Vannevar Bush’s machine, the Memex
with dozens of stops in between. One of my favorite parts -- and the coolest use of RSS I've ever seen -- is a tool to subscribe to your personal lightcone
The Future of the Web
A fascinating, breathless hour-long talk (+Q&A) recently given by Sir Tim
(mp3 & mp4, no transcript available). For the lazy, this recent interview
covers much the same ground. [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.
As the Pentagon ousts plans to turn insects into cyber war machines
you'd be forgiven for asking the question: Where does the real digital end
and the faked life begin?
Are we simulating life synthetically
? or just speeding up
an entirely natural process
? Technologically engineered life is here to stay
. Its not far fetched to speculate
may become all there is.
The first Transhuman Conference On the Law of Transhuman Persons:
Whether or not you believe humans are set to evolve into gods, or AI is destined to achieve self-awareness
the idea of the Transhuman
is a thought provoking concept. Philosophers have debated the nature of the self
, of the human for millennia. Is it time to start drafting new laws to govern all
possible sentient beings on this planet? or is it all just a science
? a comfortable humanist illusion
Experts can suck at predicting the future.
Their intuitive sense of probability is no more developed than lay-people's. A classic experiment is to present two indistinguishable choices are presented, but with unequal probability of reward. Humans look for complex patterns, which don't exist, and preform quite poorly. Rats quickly recognize the choice with higher probability, and preform optimally.
Future Magazine covers:
A bit self-aggrandizing in a subtile way. However I found the future mag covers engaging enough in a "lite" sort of way. (click on: "See covers from the future" option)(via)
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?"
is a global youth arts initiative (under 25s) that develops and profiles artists and their work across television, radio, in print and online. Requires Flash. [MI]
Gone by 2040:
Religious Hierarchy, Japan's Passivity, The Chinese Communist Party, Auto Emissions, Monogamy, The Euro, The War on Drugs, Sovereignty... To mark their 35th year in publication Foreign Policy magazine asks 16 influential thinkers which ideas, values, or institutions will be gone by the year 2040. Also discussed on NPR radio
One story a day for 365 days.
All stories of the future. Started August 1, 2005
and ending July 31, 2006.
Psychoactive Drugs for the Future
Could brain-boosting drugs
become as common as coffee?
UK government group Foresight
have just released their 'Brain Science, Addiction and Drugs Project' in which the aim was to evaluate: "
How can we manage the use of psychoactive substances in the future to best advantage for the individual, the community and society?"
The report can be viewed in its entirety from here. Direct link to the Executive Summary (.pdf) via
Obituaries of the Future
An example: June 5, 2019. Bush – George W. (72), the 43rd president of the United States, was struck down “in action” early yesterday morning from injuries sustained during a failed one-man invasion of Mexico. Write your own!
Final Installment of Frogger Poised to Sweep Oscars
All the regular cast of characters
in this 2056 A.D. edition of Americorp.biz's Finest News Source. If you haven't visited lately, you can easily catch up on the last 51 years.
in Kissimmee, Florida. It was built in the early 80s by Roy
and combined a unique architectural
approach with an environment controlled by Commodore computers. Squatters
were probably not part of this future plan. You can buy this visionary
piece of futures past
today or you could buy one in Sedona
However, be aware that the Gatlinburg
and Wisconsin Xanadus were not preserved.
Review of "A Possible Declining Trend for Worldwide Innovation,"
by Jonathan Huebner, who says the rate of human innovation has been steadily declining since the industrial revolution, and is headed toward an "economic limit" of very low apparent innovation that will be reached circa 2038. As one potential explanation, we must consider the possibility that human-initiated innovation, like energy consumption and population growth, is a process that naturally saturates with rising global income levels and technological intelligence--as technological progress increasingly satisfies current human needs, individuals become less concerned with technological development and turn more toward personal growth. More articles from Acceleration Watch
Two-thirds of world's resources 'used up'
according to a preliminary report
(PDF) from the royal society
due out later today from the millennium ecosystem assessment
project started by Kofi Annan of the united nations.
What Comes Next?
Big scientists answer some big questions: apparently Elvis may still be alive in a parallel universe.
Mapping the Global Future:
Report of the National Intelligence Council's 2020 Project
. Explore alternative futures
, by creating own scenarios for global changes within the next 15 years.
Life in the future.
In the year 2,000 "everything will be so easy that people will probably die from sheer boredom." Workweeks will be 24 hours and the home computer will be the new status symbol.
Imagining the Internet.
What will become of the internet? And how far off have prognosticators been about it thus far? Submit your own predictions, if you dare.
FutureFeature. What should the future bring? [via magnetbox]
A flexible LED display developed to be imbedded on a dress for the Milan Triennial 2005
Federally Funded Science Fiction.
The CIA announced today that next month's final report on Iraq's weapons program under Saddam Hussein will mostly encompass an analysis of what they believe Iraq would be like through 2008 had Bush not invaded the country. Because when you want accurate, detailed analysis of the future of Iraq's weapons, you turn to the group that got it completely wrong
during the present.
Gates talks about our future.
Bill gates shows a side that is rarely seen by computer users. Love him
or hate him
, I just want to know why he doesn't want me to have one of these
some time in the next 15 years too.
It's Official - the future sucks. Why has the future been such a let down? It's more 1984 than Barbarella. If we can have ID cards and video surveillance, then why can't we have intergalactic flying cars and hot chicks in skimpy plastic outfits? Clearly I'm not the only one wondering where all the cool stuff went - check out RetroFuture
If the current millennium has got you down, relax and think ahead to the year 3000
"Most of us don't know what we'll be doing a year from now; why then should we care about what our descendents will be doing a thousand years from now? It's fun to speculate, sure; but envisioning the year 3000 may be more than an idle exercise or mere amusement."
[via Reality Carinval
Buy His Future
$59,965.90 owed, $245.75 donated.
"In exchange for your donation, I will from time to time write to you about what I've done with the life you've made possible.
Make a gift, and free me to do good things with my life for this world."
It struck me as funny: have we come to a point in society where a man's future is worth the amount of his student loans?
Just How Influential Is America?
Mark Rice-Oxley, writing in the Christian Science Monitor, argues that, 2000 years from now, Disney will probably be more remembered than Plato. Really? [More inside. Via Arts & Letters Daily.
"The newspapers of the twenty-first century will give a mere "stick" in the back pages to accounts of crime or political controversies, but will headline on the front pages the proclamation of a new scientific hypothesis."
From an interview
with Nikolai Tesla in 1937 about the now near future...
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