Posts Tagged ‘futurism’

1973 Computer predicts the end of civilization. We’re right on track.

September 5, 2018

“In 1973, a computer program was developed at MIT to model global sustainability. Instead, it predicted that by 2040 our civilization would end. While many in history have made apocalyptic predictions that have so far failed to materialize, what the computer envisioned in the 1970s has by and large been coming true. Could the machine be right?”

— Paul Ratner, Big Think

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Commuting By Gyrocar

January 11, 2018

” … the gyroscopes would be initially powered by flywheels wound-up in the morning, and would continue to be powered throughout the day from energy supplied by solar panels mounted on the roofs of the cars. pods are stilted on expandable legs that can both contract and enlarge depending on the context, meaning they can pass under bridges and vehicular overpasses with ease. inside, passengers sit in rows just like they would on a subway or bus, or — alternatively — ride-in-style inside luxurious pods that include comfortable couches and TV sets.”

–” gyroscopic public transportation: your future commute?” designboom

An amusing, elaborate fantasy. Much more fun than those Chinese straddling buses.

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Aldous Huxley on Technodictators

February 22, 2017

Author Aldous Huxley, interviewed by Mike Wallace in 1958. Animated by Patrick Smith for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital). Colorist:Jennifer Yoo.  Producer: Amy Drozdowska.

Full interview here.

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GM Futurama, 1939 World’s Fair: ‘To New Horizons’

August 6, 2016

The General Motors Futurama exhibit shows the wonders-to-be of 1960 to Depression-era audiences at the 1939-1940 World’s Fair, held at NYC’s Flushing Meadows. The future sure ain’t what it used to be.

More:

“I have seen the future:” Norman Bel Geddes and the General Motors Futurama,” Lindsay Turley,  MCNY Collections Blog

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The Last Job on Earth

February 27, 2016

“The Last Job on Earth,” animation by the Moth Collective for The Guardian. Read Paul Mason’s explainer here.

More:

“Is this the future of work? Scientists predict which jobs will still be open to humans in 2035,” Paul Karp, The Guardian

“Why Stephen Hawking is more afraid of capitalism than robots,” Brian Resnick, Vox

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October 21, 2015

October 21, 2015

October 21, 2015

October 21, 2015

“Welcome, ‘Back to the Future’ Day,” Todd Leopold, CNN

“‘Back to the Future Day’ arrives, and marketers celebrate,” The Week

“‘Back To The Future Part 2’: Designing A Future For 30 Years Ago,” Andrew Limbong, NPR

“How politicians are celebrating ‘Back to the Future’ Day,” Nicole Brown, MSNBC

“Back to the Future II” official website

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Robot Religion

February 8, 2015

Robot Religion

“Artificial intelligence and autonomous robots should be encouraged to become religious, a US reverend has said.

Reverend Christopher Benek, associate pastor of Providence Presbyterian Church in Florida, believes advanced forms of artificial intelligence should be welcomed into the Christian faith.

‘I don’t see Christ’s redemption limited to human beings,’ Benek said in an interview with the futurist Zoltan Istvan. ‘It’s redemption to all of creation, even AI.’

‘If AI is autonomous, then we should encourage it to participate in Christ’s redemptive purposes in the world.'”

— “Florida pastor plans to convert robots to Christianity,” Anthony Cuthbertson, International Business Times

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