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Blog Archive for the ‘Futures’ Category

Podcast: The Transformation | Peter Leyden

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on February 23rd, 02021

A compelling case can be made that we are in the early stages of another tech and economic boom in the next 30 years that will help solve our era’s biggest challenges like climate . . .   Read More

Evan “Skytree” Snyder on Atomic Priests and Crystal Synthesizers

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on February 15th, 02021

Taking deep time into the music studio, a robotics engineer and midtempo producer uses modern tools to commune with rocks and send notes to the distant future . . .   Read More

Podcast: Queering the Future | Jason Tester

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on February 4th, 02021

The Long Now Foundation · Jason Tester – Queering the Future: How LGBTQ Foresight Can Benefit All Jason Tester asks us to see the powerful potential of “queering the future” – how looking at the future through a lens of difference and openness can reveal unexpected solutions to wicked problems, and new angles . . .   Read More

Imagining 02030

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on January 15th, 02021

Bases on the moon and colonies on Mars. The eradication of poverty. Catastrophic climate change. WIRED shares six visions of what the world of 02030 could look like. . .   Read More

Predicting the Animals of the Future

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on July 31st, 02020

Gizmodo asks half a dozen natural historians to speculate on who is going to be doing what jobs on Earth after the people disappear. One of the streams that runs wide and deep through this series of fun thought experiments is how so many niches stay the same through catastrophic changes . . .   Read More

The Neobiological Frontier: An Interview with Jane Metcalfe, Founder and CEO of NEO.LIFE

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on March 10th, 02020

Our March Seminar speaker is Jane Metcalfe, the Founder and CEO of NEO.LIFE, a digital media company she created in 02017 to explore the rapidly developing fields of biology and technology and how they are shaping the future of our species. Metcalfe is also the co-founder of WIRED. NEO.LIFE has just . . .   Read More

Podcast: How to Be Futuristic | Bruce Sterling

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on February 18th, 02020

The future is a kind of history that hasn’t happened yet. The past is a kind of future that has already happened. The present moment vanishes before it can be described. Language, a human invention, lacks the power to fully adhere to reality. We live in a very short now and here, since . . .   Read More

A Trips Festival for the Digital Age

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on November 21st, 02019

Sónar seeks to bridge the worlds of art and technology, the popular and the avant garde, and club culture and cyberculture . . .   Read More

Long-Lived Institutions

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 27th, 02019

The Sagrada Familia Catholic Church in Barcelona, Spain. The Catholic Church is one of the longest-lived institutions in human history.

The Long Now Foundation was founded in 01996 with the idea to build a 10,000 year clock — an icon to long-term thinking that might inspire people to engage more deeply with. . .   Read More

Five Principles for Thinking Like a Futurist

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on March 17th, 02019

On the occasion of 50th anniversary of the founding of the Institute for the Future, Marina Gorbis (who has worked at IFTF for 20 years) recently shared five principles for thinking like a futurist:

Forget about predictions.
Focus on signals.
Look back to see forward.
Uncover patterns.
Create a community.

As Gorbis puts it:
At. . .   Read More

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