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Blog Archive for the ‘Futures’ Category

Danny Hillis on the evolution of books and story telling

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on August 6th, 02008

Danny Hillis has recently published an essay on about the future of books and storytelling in general in response the kerfuffle that Clay Shirky stirred up over on the Brittannica blog. Here is an excerpt: Clay Shirky is not just questioning Tolstoy, he is questioning the culture of literature. He asks, What’s so great…  Read More

The Future Is So Yesterday

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on July 23rd, 02008

  Danny Hillis had a great take on modern futurism in a recent piece in the Washington Post about Disney’s new Tomorrowland. “Americans feel very little connection to the future anymore,” says Danny Hillis. Hillis is in a singular position to make this statement. He has long been a deity of the computer age, having…  Read More


by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 16th, 02008

The always wonderful Paleo Future blog has uploaded a full PDF copy of a treatise on the future done in 01963 for a now lost time capsule. It is full of optimistic predictions of what the next century will bring from an era of happy futurism.

The Birth Clock

by Kevin Kelly on May 9th, 02008

A nice piece of time art.    It’s a clock that is dead, until you break its glass case. Then it begins ticking. You are now committed to whatever. The artist, Alex-vf, says “it helps you make up your mind.” Here is the official description (via Seth). The “Birth Clock” is a fragile glass object…  Read More

The very Long Now of 01922

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 8th, 02008

The good folks over at Paleo Future published this great nugget from the 01922 Ogden Standard predicting what the world might be like in 10,000 years (click image above for a large version). While they seem to have nailed a few things that have already come about like solar power, chemical re-breathers, and strong clear…  Read More

Forbes on Time

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 18th, 02008 has an excellent special on and about time… They were even nice enough to publish one of my answers to their “What is Time” question in the article by Elizabeth Evans.     Time is a Dimension Time’s Sleight Of Hand By Brian GreeneWhatever it is, time doesn’t behave the way you would think….  Read More

California, get ready to rock

by Stuart Candy on April 17th, 02008

California is more than 99% likely to face an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 or greater over the next thirty years, according to a new model which this week produced the first ever statewide forecast. Associated Press reports: New calculations reveal there is a 99.7 percent chance a magnitude 6.7 quake or larger will strike in…  Read More

Trapped on Technology’s Trailing Edge

by Kurt Bollacker on April 15th, 02008

There’s a very good article in this month’s IEEE Spectrum about the engineering challenges of replacement parts for devices intended to survive much longer than industrial cycles of obsolescence. The economics of making sure parts are available in a timely and cost effective fashion and task of designing management processes that survive long enough are…  Read More

Long Bets and Predictify

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 12th, 02008

 The great folks over at Predictify have made a special area in their site for Long Bets.  This is a great place to experiment with predictions and even make short bets that may have long term consequences…  Check it out at: 

The Year X problem

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 7th, 02008

 Due to the infinite wisdom of the US Legislators and President of 02005 we will again be experiencing “daylight savings” time a few weeks earlier this year.  While I am pretty ambivalent about the daylight savings time concept, I do think the only thing sillier than changing our clocks twice a year, is randomly legislating…  Read More

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