futurism

Glossary: Chinese futurist military jargon

Glossary: Chinese futurist military jargon

Via Bruce Sterling, the Chinese characters for "specific ethnic genetic attacks," "combat brain," "winning without fighting" and more. “biological dominance” (制生权) biological interdisciplinary

Talking about Disney's 1964 Carousel of Progress with Bleeding Cool: our lost animatronic future

Back in 2007, I wrote a science fiction novella called "The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrrow," about an immortal, transhuman survivor of an apocalypse whose father is obsessed with preserving artifacts
A timeline of (possible, fascinating) future events from a (wide) variety of perspectives

A timeline of (possible, fascinating) future events from a (wide) variety of perspectives

Back in 2016, New York Magazine tapped a bunch of people from a variety of backgrounds and asked them to imagine events that might take place over the next eight years; as with all futuristic
The Most Futuristic Developments We Can Expect in the Next 10 Years

The Most Futuristic Developments We Can Expect in the Next 10 Years

With the decade winding down it’s time for us to set our sights on the next one. The 2020s promises to be anything but dull. From the automation revolution and increasingly dangerous AI to geohacking
The Most Futuristic Developments We Can Expect in the Next 10 Years

The Most Futuristic Developments We Can Expect in the Next 10 Years

With the decade winding down it’s time for us to set our sights on the next one. The 2020s promises to be anything but dull. From the automation revolution and increasingly dangerous AI to geohacking
Do cyborgs need their own legal rights?

Do cyborgs need their own legal rights?

Transhumanists are pushing the boundaries of what it means to be human. Our governing principles may need to progress along with them.
Jane McGonigal and Institute for the Future: Free online course "How To Think Like a Futurist"

Jane McGonigal and Institute for the Future: Free online course "How To Think Like a Futurist"

My Institute for the Future colleague Jane McGonigal is teaching a series of 5 online courses on Futures Thinking and they're free to audit! I'm told that "after you log in and click Enroll, just look
We’ll soon be able to experience reality as we want it. But is that a good thing?

We’ll soon be able to experience reality as we want it. But is that a good thing?

The tools we use to see the world are about to radically change the way we actually *see* the world.
An Exclusive Look Inside Comixology's Surprise New Biopunk Thriller, The Dark

An Exclusive Look Inside Comixology's Surprise New Biopunk Thriller, The Dark

What if, after a deadly cyberwar eradicated technology as we know it today, humanity attempted to rebuild our tech-obsessed society through biological means? That’s the futurist premise of
Was Boris Johnson Trying to Quote Churchill During His Dystopian Chicken Speech at the UN?

Was Boris Johnson Trying to Quote Churchill During His Dystopian Chicken Speech at the UN?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a bizarre speech on Tuesday night at the United Nations General Assembly that included plenty of dire warning about the future, including everything from the rise of
Geodesign is going to change the design world as we know it

Geodesign is going to change the design world as we know it

Forget design thinking—there's a new field of design that could help save the future.

Westinghouse's 1959 house of the future

In 1959, Westinghouse imagined the TOTAL ELECTRIC HOME, a life filled with electrical appliances. The company was slowly devoured from the inside out by the media entities it bought, and now the
This sci-fi city is like Blade Runner meets Gattaca — and it’s actually happening

This sci-fi city is like Blade Runner meets Gattaca — and it’s actually happening

1p>Flying cars. Robot maids. Glow-in-the-dark sand. An artificial moon. Robotic dinosaurs (really). No, this isn’t a scene from Blade Runner (above), but the hyper-futuristic city of Neom, and it’s
France wants a team of science-fiction writers to help predict future threats

France wants a team of science-fiction writers to help predict future threats

Finally, our love of science fiction is going to pay off, literally. The French army is looking to hire four-to-five sci-fi writers for a special team dedicated to imagining future threats. The elite

How science fiction affects (but does not predict) the future

Wired's Rose Eveleth asks Can Sci-Fi Writers Prepare Us for an Uncertain Future? Eveleth looks at the rise of science fiction writers being asked to consult with companies about their future plans
‘Superhuman’ AI Crushes Poker Pros at Six-Player Texas Hold'em

‘Superhuman’ AI Crushes Poker Pros at Six-Player Texas Hold'em

Computer scientists have developed a card-playing bot, called Pluribus, capable of defeating some of the world’s best players at six-person no-limit Texas hold’em poker, in what’s considered an
How to Avoid Winding Up as Pets for A.I. Robots

How to Avoid Winding Up as Pets for A.I. Robots

"You don’t get to blame the technology, blame the humans for not choosing what to do with it," says futurist Pablos Holman.
How to Avoid Winding Up As Pets for A.I. Robots

How to Avoid Winding Up As Pets for A.I. Robots

"You don’t get to blame the technology, blame the humans for not choosing what to do with it," says futurist Pablos Holman.
Our bodies are full of electricity that could help us fight cancer

Our bodies are full of electricity that could help us fight cancer

Bite your cheek hard and then put your tongue on it. You’ll feel a tingle. That’s you sensing the voltage.
If our thoughts live forever, do we too?

If our thoughts live forever, do we too?

In 20 years transhumanist science could help us cheat death.