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Two Ex-Googlers (@2xgbot)
"Two ex-Googlers want to replace your charity shop with a metal sarcophagus that crowdsources its supplies."
creations  twitter  future 
5 days ago by kevan
A Game Of Legacy, for & by Bernie De Koven with Coney by Coney HQ — Kickstarter
"As Bernie De Koven, jedi master of play, nears the end of his life, A Game of Legacy explores what it means to pass onto posterity."
games  future 
11 weeks ago by kevan
Mercedes-Benz driverless cars will hit pedestrians rather than endanger occupants
"If you know you can save at least one person, at least save that one. Save the one in the car."
transport  death  robots  future 
october 2016 by kevan
Why elections are bad for democracy | David Van Reybrouck | Politics | The Guardian
"With sortition, you do not ask everyone to vote on an issue few people really understand, but you draft a random sample of the population and make sure they come to the grips with the subject matter in order to take a sensible decision."
politics  nomic  future 
june 2016 by kevan
Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible to Use | The New Yorker
"The more innovative—the more breaking-the-mold—the innovation is, the less likely we are to figure out what it is really going to be used for."
science  technology  future 
december 2014 by kevan
SkyCycle, proposals to create safe new cycle routes throughout London | News | Foster + Partners
"Following existing suburban railway corridors, a wide, secure deck would be constructed above the trains to create new cycle routes throughout London."
cycling  transport  london  future  via:jethro 
january 2014 by kevan
Siemens unveils proposal for future London Underground train - Railway Gazette
"The proposed system features onboard tanks containing a phase-changing polymer which would be cooled below its freezing point when the train was running on surface sections of the network. On underground sections heat transferred from the air-conditioning system would be used to melt the polymer again."
transport  london  physics  ice  future 
october 2013 by kevan
The 36-Hour War: Life Magazine, 1945 | Restricted Data
"Visualizing nuclear war is an old media past time. How old? One of the most vivid early depictions of this sort of atomic apocalyptic thinking come from Life magazine’s issue of November 19, 1945 — only a few months after Hiroshima and Nagasaki."
war  history  future  apocalypse 
april 2013 by kevan
Hacking the President’s DNA - Andrew Hessel, Marc Goodman and Steven Kotler - The Atlantic
"Whenever novel technologies enter the market, illegitimate uses quickly follow legitimate ones. [Just] as criminals and terrorists have exploited many other forms of technology, they will surely soon turn to synthetic biology, the latest digital frontier."
genetics  pestilence  terrorism  politics  future 
october 2012 by kevan
Behavioral Pricing: A Consumer’s Worst Nightmare
"2012 will mark the end of static pricing. The use of your tweets, credit score, and web history in ecommerce pricing is frightening—but ultimately unavoidable."
money  future  secrets 
june 2012 by kevan
I've been playing the same game of Civilization II for almost 10 years. This is the result. : gaming
"[Big] cities are a thing of the distant past. Roughly 90% of the worlds population (at it's peak 2000 years ago) has died either from nuclear annihilation or famine caused by the global warming that has left absolutely zero arable land to farm."
games  simulation  future 
june 2012 by kevan
Helium stocks run low – and party balloons are to blame | Science | The Observer
"I will not be happy if I cannot have a medical scan in my 70s, because we wasted helium on party balloons while I was in my 30s."
science  future 
march 2012 by kevan
How Bots Seized Control of My Pricing Strategy
"So with “Turing Test” we have a delightful futuristic absurdity: a computer program, pretending to be human, hawking a book about computers pretending to be human, while other computer programs pretend to have used copies of it. A book that was never actually written, much less printed and read."
robots  books  future 
february 2012 by kevan
Amazonian Rainforest Fungus Eats Polyurethane, Potentially Solving a Big Landfill Problem | Popular Science
"The fungus called Pestalotiopsis microspora can subsist on a diet of polyurethane alone, and do so in an anaerobic environment, according to the researchers who found it."
plastic  fungi  future 
february 2012 by kevan
Pirate Bay Hosts Physical Objects - And Is Accused Of Infringing Games Workshop Copyright?
"The model, an official version of which costs £28 from Games Workshop, has been previously listed on a 3D printing community website, but the plans were reportedly pulled after a takedown notice was issued."
plastic  crime  future 
january 2012 by kevan
The Growth of the Internet and the Happy Recession
"The web offers cheap social status. [...] Given the opportunity to switch from a difficult contest for social status to an easier one, people will tend to opt for the most difficult contest they have any shot at winning. Thus, online communities tend to encourage marginal corporate climbers to be satisfied with worse career outcomes, so long as they’re still well-liked within their online subculture."
internet  society  future 
january 2012 by kevan
The Escapist : News : Risk Legacy Makes Your Board Game Decisions Matter
"Permanent stickers will be affixed to the board to reflect the actions and outcomes of prior games, while cards are intended to be played and then ripped up and thrown away."
games  future  via:zarba 
november 2011 by kevan
BBC News - Clock ticking for leaning Big Ben
"The tower leans 0.26 degrees to the north-west, putting it out of alignment by about 0.5m at its highest point." [...] "Our resident expert believes it will be between 4,000 and 10,000 years before it becomes a problem."
time  future 
october 2011 by kevan
Dutch PlantLab Revolutionizes Farming: No Sunlight, No Windows, Less Water, Better Food | Singularity Hub
"When grown outdoors plant photosynthesis is only about 9% efficient. With the correct balance of colored LED light, PlantLab has increased that efficiency to 12 or 15%, aiming for 18%."
plants  science  light  future 
august 2011 by kevan
London Underground Tube Diary - Going Underground's Blog
"A press button route indicator was installed at Heathrow Central London Underground station 34 years ago. 'This nifty journey planner' incorporated TV screen displays and a diagrammatic route map. Only one was ever built."
tube  london  history  future  maps  transport 
august 2011 by kevan
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - In The Future, Everything is Games
"Five million ethics points for killing any Definers who disagree with me!"
games  future  comics  humour 
june 2011 by kevan
Council quizzed over zombie invasion plans by resident - Telegraph
"The authority has yet to formally respond but has indicated that there are no specific references to zombies in its emergency plans."
zombies  cities  future  leicester 
june 2011 by kevan
The Very Rich Indie Writer – Novelr - Making People Read
"There is no traditional publisher in the world right now that can offer Amanda Hocking terms that are better than what she’s currently getting, right now on the Kindle store, all on her own."
books  business  future 
march 2011 by kevan
Download the bbc.closing.sites.archive torrent
"The purpose of this project is to show how the entire 172 public facing websites that are earmarked for deletion have been copied, archived, distributed and republished online - independently - for the price of a cup of Starbucks coffee (around $3.99)."
web  history  future 
february 2011 by kevan
University of Sheffield - British expert warns of a coming robot crime wave
"If manufacturers discard safety and the prevention of crime, crude copies of mechanised police and military devices could be relatively easy to produce." [...] "Robots can't even be detected by the passive IR alarm systems in most of our houses."
robots  crime  technology  future 
july 2010 by kevan
fisharepeopletoo: Like Dreamland and Ghostland
From 1901: "Although still far away, he thought they were gradually coming within thinkable distance of the realization of a prophecy he had ventured to make four years before, of a time when if a person wanted to call to a friend he knew not where, he would call in a loud, electromagnetic voice, heard by him who had the electromagnetic ear, silent to him who had it not."
phones  future  sound  technology 
april 2010 by kevan
Spillway: London in 2010
Observer article from 1990. "Bankside power station has been converted into a museum, although here it's the 'Thatcher Museum of Commerce'."
london  future  history  architecture 
december 2009 by kevan
Wrong Tomorrow - time vs. pundits
"When [a public figure] makes a prediction, people post it to the site along with a brief description and a URL. We monitor it and change its status to true or false when appropriate."
future  time 
july 2009 by kevan
Electronic Arts invites the pirates to tea | Blog | Futurismic
"The CEO of computer games publisher Electronic Arts is openly asking software pirates to redistribute their titles. Why? Because they’ve worked out that it’s easier to make money selling stuff within the framework of a game than it is to sell a game itself."
games  future  money  business  piracy  via:suttree 
june 2009 by kevan
Programmable Matter Research Solidifies - SIGNAL Magazine
"Several university teams are working on different approaches to create 'programmable matter' - made of individual pieces that can self-assemble into tools or spare parts. One of the approaches being examined uses sheets of self-folding material that can form three-dimensional shapes on command."
science  nano  technology  future  programming  via:zarba 
june 2009 by kevan
Counting Down to the End of Moore’s Law - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com
SanDisk flash memory. "When we started out we had about one million electrons per cell. [...] We are now down to a few hundred. [...] We can’t get below one."
technology  future  science  via:zarba 
may 2009 by kevan
The Netbook Effect: How Cheap Little Laptops Hit the Big Time
"Netbooks are evidence that we now know what personal computers are for.Which is to say, a pretty small list of things that are conducted almost entirely online."
computers  future  technology  design  business  via:collision 
march 2009 by kevan
Robot wars: The rise of artificial intelligence - Science, News - The Independent
"The rise of robots in the home, in the workplace and in warfare needs to be supervised and controlled by ethical guidelines which limit how they can be used in sensitive scenarios such as baby-sitting, caring for the elderly, and combat, a leading scientist warns today."
robots  future  society  psychology  via:jones 
december 2008 by kevan
Inventor's 2020 vision: to help 1bn of the world's poorest see better | Society | The Guardian
"The wearer adjusts a dial on the syringe to add or reduce amount of fluid in the membrane, thus changing the power of the lens. [...] The principle is so simple, the team has discovered, that with very little guidance people are perfectly capable of creating glasses to their own prescription."
eyes  light  technology  future 
december 2008 by kevan
BBC - Press Office - The Day Of The Triffids
Remake next year. "The year is 2011 and man has finally depleted the world's fossil fuel supply. In the hunt for alternative sources they uncover the ominous Triffid, a crop now cultivated for its fuel that seems to have a life of its own."
triffids  television  future 
november 2008 by kevan
Infovore » If Gamers Ran The World
"...and if our environment is one carefully planned out for effective growth rather than rammed together for efficiency, and if they understand how to handle the ever-more complex forms of communications necessary to deal with the large, distributed teams of people necessary to understand complexity - and if they can create a world that supplies and consumes the data necessary to make smart, informed, decisions - then they might just make it awesome."
games  society  future 
november 2008 by kevan
Leicester heads for diversity milestone | Society | Society Guardian
"Leicester is to become Britain's first plural city, where no ethnic group will form a majority. [...] The city will become plural in [2019], researchers at the University of Manchester estimate."
cities  society  future 
november 2008 by kevan
Depression 2009: What would it look like? - The Boston Globe
"In many ways, though, today's depression would not look like the last one because it would not look like much at all." [...] "The New Depression would be largely invisible because people would experience loss privately, not publicly."
society  money  future  history 
november 2008 by kevan
Richard Bartle: Gamers have won the battle against the censors | Technology | guardian.co.uk
"15 years from now, the prime minister of the day will have grown up playing computer games, just as 15 years ago we had the first prime minister to have grown up watching television, and 30 years ago to have grown up listening to the radio."
games  society  future 
april 2008 by kevan
Gin, Television, and Social Surplus - Here Comes Everybody
"'Where do people find the time?' That was her question. And I just kind of snapped. And I said, 'No one who works in TV gets to ask that question. You know where the time comes from. It comes from the cognitive surplus you've been masking for 50 years.'"
society  television  future  time 
april 2008 by kevan
Open the Future: The Earth Will Be Just Fine, Thank You
"The grand myth of environmentalism is that it's all about saving the Earth. It's not. The Earth will be just fine. Environmentalism is all about saving ourselves."
world  politics  future  via:jones 
april 2008 by kevan
Cities for sale | Society | The Guardian
"[The Paradise Project] requires the first privatisation of a city centre anywhere in England. Liverpool city council has sanctioned the corporate enclosure of the 42-acre city-centre site, which encompasses 34 streets and a public park."
cities  business  shops  london  future 
march 2008 by kevan
Gilbert K. Chesterton - Orthodoxy
"If men loved Pimlico as mothers love children arbitrarily, because it is theirs, Pimlico in a year or two might be fairer than Florence. Some readers will say that this is a mere fantasy. I answer that this is the actual history of mankind."
cities  london  writing  future 
march 2008 by kevan
Andy Beckett walks along the 11-mile blue fence that cordons of the 2012 Olympics site in London | Society | The Guardian
"There was a street of intact and handsome old industrial buildings, a billboard advertising the new Lexus, and roads and pavements eerily populated only by traffic cones, like a scene from a post-apocalyptic film."
london  walking  paint  cities  sport  future  via:diamond 
march 2008 by kevan
The Advantages of Closing a Few Doors - New York Times
"They wasted so many clicks rushing back to reopen doors that their earnings dropped 15 percent. Even when the penalties for switching grew stiffer [...] the students kept losing money by frantically keeping all their doors open."
psychology  delusions  future  via:buster 
february 2008 by kevan
New 3-D Technique From RabbitHoles Makes Posters Pop
"Rather than simple static images, RabbitHoles' can take six- to eight-second movie clips from 2-D and 3-D films and print them into a poster that 'moves' as the viewer walks past."
advertising  technology  science  light  future  via:antonia 
january 2008 by kevan
Chris O'Leary - Forgotten Futures
"The top 100 terms for each year were categorized using the Dewey Decimal system, and mapped onto a grid. Holes were drilled into sheets of plexiglass whose sizes correspond to their frequency. For example, 'war' is the biggest hole in 1945."
art  future  history  libraries  plastic  via:infosthetics 
september 2007 by kevan
Serenity (2005)
Less of the smugly retort-crammed dialogue than what I saw of the series; some good, casual moral ambiguity, but a lot of stock-issue monochrome cliche as well. Some lazy resolutions, some nice lines about how we build the future.
filmlog  3stars  space  future  pestilence  secrets  weapons  via:brendan 
july 2007 by kevan
Things To Come (1936)
Aerial warfare, the fascistic rise of science (dictatorial conquering is fine so long as your poison gases are non-lethal), and an extremely vague and angry Luddite rejection of "progress". Impressively difficult to keep in the context of 1936.
filmlog  3stars  war  science  future  technology  society  apocalypse  pestilence 
july 2007 by kevan
The Future: A Retrospective
"This website is a 2007 audit of [the future-predicting 1989 book 'Future Stuff']. I'll find what happened to the predicted products, and to the people and companies who were going to bring them to you."
future  history  technology  via:leonard 
june 2007 by kevan
Fimoculous.com - misc - iPredict
"Although news is immediately a historical account, it is also implicitly a gamble on the future, a suggestion of where things will be. iPredict attempts to capture those implicit questions in every news story."
news  future  emergence  via:infosthetics 
june 2007 by kevan
The Book of Dave - Will Self
Alternating between the life of a London cab driver, and the feudal, bucolic, post-apocalyptic culture built around a notebook he left behind. A lot of good idea mappings, and as strong as Great Apes for a near-visibly overlaid alternate London.
booklog  london  future  apocalypse  language  society  children  religion 
may 2007 by kevan
Bots on The Ground - washingtonpost.com
Anthropomorphising war robots. "He always got the job done. [...] One time, he actually did break down in a mission, and we sent another robot in and it got blown to pieces. It's like he shut down because he knew something bad would happen."
robots  war  psychology  delusions  technology  future  via:collision 
may 2007 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Homes to get free energy monitors
Clever and well-designed handheld display of your electricity meter, presumably calculating the power usages of your appliances by asking you to switch them off and on in turn.
electricity  technology  future 
april 2007 by kevan
Frolix-8: Philip K Dick
PKD blog with a good running thread of "Which PKD Story Are We In Today?", snippets of current news stories that echo his work.
books  science  future  via:jon 
march 2007 by kevan
The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester
The Count of Monte Cristo in Space, with a straightforwardly amoral protagonist; driven and ruthless, with no attempts to be arrogant or likeable. The good, undated writing style makes it easy to forget how groundbreaking the random sci-fi tropes were.
booklog  space  mysteries  secrets  technology  science  prison  future  lies  business  skin  via:alex 
march 2007 by kevan
Idiocracy (2006)
Incoherent, joke-free, dysgenic, Lamarckian nonsense. An intelligent film sneering at stupid working-class low-brow-culture America would be annoying enough, but a stupid low-brow-culture film doing it is just bafflingly, foot-shootingly pointless.
filmlog  1star  future  society  genetics  via:raven 
february 2007 by kevan
Invisible RFID Ink Safe For Cattle And People, Company Says - News by InformationWeek
"Somark Innovations announced this week that it successfully tested biocompatible RFID ink, which can be read through animal hairs. [The process] involves a geometric array of micro-needles and a reusable applicator with a one-time-use ink capsule."
surveillance  skin  paint  technology  cows  future 
january 2007 by kevan
The New Year's Resolutions of LiveJournal
More autogeneration from processed LiveJournal profile content. Fun for throwing up forgotten interests. "Find a new Iceland. Start an Adelaide fund. Go programming three times a week. Connect with my inner Morrissey."
creations  random  future 
december 2006 by kevan
Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death (PS2)
A decent enough casual shooter, capturing the mood and style of the comics pretty well - it's good to hear all the fictional swearwords. Dredd's variable-ammo Lawgiver is fun for pre-dating FPSs but suiting them perfectly.
gamelog  3stars  police  future  comics  death  zombies 
december 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Technology | Computers just can't seem to get past Go
"Moore's Law holds that computing power doubles every 18 months, so that means we might have a computer that could play Go using these techniques sometime in the 22nd century."
games  computers  future  via:joh 
november 2006 by kevan
Imagine Earth without people - New Scientist
"It will only take a few tens of thousands of years [before] almost every trace of our present dominance has vanished completely. Alien visitors coming to Earth 100,000 years hence will find no obvious signs that an advanced civilisation ever lived here."
apocalypse  evolution  future  pollution  science  world  via:joh 
october 2006 by kevan
Ballardian: The World of JG Ballard » An Evening with JG Ballard
Transcript. "I see myself as a weatherman. I look at the sky, read the weather - that's all I think I'm doing actually. I can see a storm coming. I think we live in frightening times."
ballard  interviews  writing  books  future 
september 2006 by kevan
Wired 14.04: Dream Machines
Will Wright on positive aspects of gaming. "Imagine that all you knew about movies was gleaned through observing the audience in a theater - but that you had never watched a film. You would conclude that movies induce lethargy and junk-food binges."
games  design  children  future  films 
september 2006 by kevan
The Salmon of Doubt - Douglas Adams
Good essays, all of them ending with a date a few years earlier than I'd have expected. Frustrating to realise how much of the 21st century he's missing.
booklog  technology  science  humour  future 
august 2006 by kevan
Modern Mechanix » How Nuclear Radiation Can Change Our Race
Enthusiastically muddled article about the genetic fallout of nuclear war, from 1953. "Will a new race, spawned out of the hellish radiation of a world-wide Atomic War, go on to challenge mankind's supremacy on Earth?"
science  evolution  genetics  war  future  mutation 
august 2006 by kevan
PingMag - The Web Design Trend Obituary & Death Clock
"This ease of access makes 'trend osmosis' something of an unfortunate inevitability amongst web designers. However, trends come and go. Here is a small collection of web design trends that I predict we will all be completely sick of in about 6 months."
design  web  future 
may 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | How time flies
A culture where the past in metaphorically in front of the speaker, and the future behind. "In a language so reliant on the eyewitness, it is not surprising that the speaker metaphorically faces what has already been seen."
language  time  future  history  metaphors 
may 2006 by kevan
New York Times - An Organ Recital for the Very, Very Patient
"Like the imperceptible movement of a glacier, a chord change was planned for Friday. Two pipes [were] removed from the rudimentary organ (which is being built as the piece goes on, with pipes added and subtracted as needed), eliminating a pair of E's."
music  time  future  art  technology  via:collision 
may 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Weekend | Call that risky?
"Hitting a rather macabre note, [energy production] risk is measured in deaths per terawatt year. 'By far the most dangerous is hydro. When a hydro dam goes in a populated area, it can kill 35,000 people in 40 minutes.'"
terrorism  electricity  death  water  maths  future  pestilence  apocalypse 
april 2006 by kevan
Sci-Fi News - 24-Hour Mirror-Universe News from Around the Galaxy
"Queen Sawid II delivered a somber Generic Holiday Period meme Sunday, remembering those who lost loved ones in last year's Dylabos timequake and the transit bombings that shook Megacit's security."
creations  news  future  random  space  aliens 
december 2005 by kevan
Cypher (2003)
Philip-K-Dick-style unfurling identity thriller which even goes to the trouble of having a Philip-K-Dick-style overblown nonsensical ending. A few nice moments along the way, though, in isolation.
filmlog  3stars  memory  brains  technology  future  secrets  business 
december 2005 by kevan
The Observer | The city that ate the world
The growth of Beijing. "The second ring road that marked the city limits until the Eighties has been followed by the building of a third, fourth and fifth ring. The sixth is under construction."
architecture  china  cities  future  construction  metal  via:jones 
october 2005 by kevan
Yahoo! News: Aries man sues over negative horoscope
"A Frenchman born under the sign of Aries who sued a newspaper for giving him an unfavorable horoscope was told he was wasting the court's time and ordered to pay 350 euros (425 dollars) in legal fees." Typical Aries.
law  delusions  future  via:zarba 
september 2005 by kevan
Owise - Neural Prediction community
"Future events [are] predicted using a sort of 'neural network' where each 'neuron' is a human being. In effect, Owise is an implementation of a 'hive mind', where many different people's analysis and insights are blended into a single consciousness."
future  brains  emergence  crowds  via:raven 
september 2005 by kevan
H G Wells - World Brain: The Idea of a Permanent World Encyclopaedia
"Few people as yet [know] how swiftly and completely even the rarest visions and the most recondite matters can be recalled, once they have been put in place in a well-ordered scheme of reference and reproduction."
web  books  history  future  libraries  brains  via:jones 
august 2005 by kevan
Wired News: When Cell Phones Become Oracles
"Given enough [timestamped location] data, Eagle's algorithms were able to predict what people - especially professors and Media Lab employees - would do next and be right up to 85 percent of the time." Very vague article, though.
technology  phones  future 
july 2005 by kevan
You Blew Me Up You Bastard
Instead of the coverage using a random photo of you, provide a picture of yourself looking angry or disappointed, and "in the event of your body being blown to bits by a suicide bomber, we'll supply your disgusted image to all news services."
terrorism  photos  death  faces  future  via:mcios 
july 2005 by kevan
USATODAY.com - Sweet inspiration
Flimsy interview with a fortune-cookie writer, who mentions stealing some from email chain-letters. "Never mention God, avoid sexism, and shy away from predicting the future."
food  paper  future  interviews  via:qwghlm 
june 2005 by kevan
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
Wonderfully stylised homage, played just the right side of parody, but then stomped a bit too much by giant CGI robots. Most of the film does feel like watching someone else play a computer game, cut-scenes and all.
filmlog  2stars  future  transport  air  robots 
june 2005 by kevan
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