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Why I barely read SF these days - Charlie's Diary
"SF should—in my view—be draining the ocean and trying to see at a glance which of the gasping, flopping creatures on the sea bed might be lungfish. But too much SF shrugs at the state of our seas and settles for draining the local acquarium, or even just the bathtub, instead. In pathological cases it settles for gazing into the depths of a brightly coloured computer-generated fishtank screensaver. If you're writing a story that posits giant all-embracing interstellar space corporations, or a space mafia, or space battleships, never mind universalizing contemporary norms of gender, race, and power hierarchies, let alone fashions in clothing as social class signifiers, or religions ... then you need to think long and hard about whether you've mistaken your screensaver for the ocean."
scifi  books  future 
february 2018 by pierce
The Street as Platform 2050
Dan Hill updates and revises his thought piece for 2050.
future  ubicomp  architecture  technology  mobile  socialnetwork  scifi 
may 2016 by pierce
The Shape of Things, by Tom Coates
Tom Coates Webstock '16 IoT presentation as essay.
ubicomp  technology  future  webstock  design 
may 2016 by pierce
Five Minutes | Motherboard
A 5-part "science fiction" story of what life in Portland might be like after The Big One. - via MeFi
environment  scifi  future 
march 2016 by pierce
Humans need not apply
The future of work? (15 mins, via DaringFireball)
video  technology  future  society  from delicious
august 2014 by pierce
Alex Payne — Dear Marc Andreessen
Good response to Andreessen's techo-utopian handy wavy economics
technology  business  future  society  from delicious
june 2014 by pierce
Automatically Scalable Computation - RICON East 2013 - YouTube
via @aphyr, potentially crazy applications in many-core future (50 mins). "As our computational infrastructure races gracefully forward into increasingly parallel multi-core and blade-based systems, our ability to easily produce software that can successfully exploit such systems continues to stumble. For years, we've fantasized about the world in which we'd write simple, sequential programs, add magic sauce, and suddenly have scalable, parallel executions. We're not there. We're not even close. I'll present trajectory-based execution, a radical, potentially crazy, approach for achieving automatic scalability. To date, we've achieved surprisingly good speedup in limited domains, but the potential is tantalizingly enormous."
video  concurrency  technology  scalability  future  from delicious
april 2014 by pierce
Alessandro Acquisti: Why privacy matters | Video on TED.com
"The line between public and private has blurred in the past decade, both online and in real life, and Alessandro Acquisti is here to explain what this means and why it matters. In this thought-provoking, slightly chilling talk, he shares details of recent and ongoing research -- including a project that shows how easy it is to match a photograph of a stranger with their sensitive personal information. What motivates you to share your personal information online? Alessandro Acquisti studies the behavioral economics of privacy (and information security) in social networks."
video  ted  privacy  technology  future  from delicious
november 2013 by pierce
Audioboo / James Burke predicted the future in 1973. Now he does it again.
Forty years ago for Radio Times, the scientist and broadcaster James Burke predicted events in 1993. He got a lot right. So we asked him in to PM this afternoon to predict the future. The sound begins with an actor reading from the original article, written by Tony Peagam. (14 minutes)
future  history  technology  mp3  from delicious
september 2013 by pierce
The Early Days of a Better Nation
Ken MacLeod on Iain Banks and his political stance - That, Iain said, was how he'd envisaged the Culture coming about. Conflicts of interest between classes and other groups there would be, but the sheer availability of information and computing power would arm the majority with facts and arguments that would enable them to prove, as well as enforce, their claims. The consequent advance in consciousness would allow the opportunities offered by automation and abundance to be grasped, first in imagination then in reality, and make opposition to their realisation irrational, futile, and weak.
politics  books  scifi  technology  future  from delicious
july 2013 by pierce
On the Constant Moment
On curation vs. capture and the future of photography (via Warrenellis)
technology  future  photography  ubicomp  from delicious
may 2013 by pierce
Privacy in digital cities: Google Glass, the right to choose, and the enduring legacy of Jane Jacobs
The concept of privacy was central to Jacobs’ analysis of the functioning of cities. Her defining characteristic of cities is that the great size of their populations means that most people in them are strangers to each other; and that creating safety and security in that context is very different to creating it a town or village where a higher proportion of people are known to each other. Her assertion was that cities are safe places for strangers to inhabit or visit when public and private life are clearly separated. When public life is lived on streets with a mixture of residential, retail, work and leisure activities, then those streets are busy at most times of day and night. They are therefore full of observers who inhibit anti-social behaviour, and can intervene to prevent it if necessary. In contrast, private life is safe when it is lived securely and separate from those public spaces, so that strangers cannot intrude. Places that blur these distinctions can be dangerous.
technology  google  future  privacy  culture  ubicomp  from delicious
may 2013 by pierce
50 Questions for Little Sister
Follow up questions raised by the Glass piece - embedded slides
technology  google  future  crime  privacy  ar  culture  ubicomp  from delicious
april 2013 by pierce
Neal Stephenson on the Tall Tower hieroglyph | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com
Why stop there? Why not a 'Fountains of Paradise' stype space elevator? (18 minutes)
video  future  science  technology  books  scifi  from delicious
april 2013 by pierce
Things publishers can't do (yet) - Charlie's Diary
Stross on what happens when books aren't tied to paper and physical distribution.
books  future  technology  kindle  amazon  from delicious
april 2013 by pierce
"Forces of the Next 30 Years" - Talk by Charles Stross - YouTube
The Forces Of The Next 30 Years - SF author Charles Stross talks to students at Olin College about sci-fi, fiction, speculation, the limits of computation, thermodynamics, Moore's Law, the history of travel, employment, automation, free trade, demographics, the developing world, privacy, and climate change in trying to answer the question What Does The World Of 2043 Look Like? (Youtube 56:43)
video  future  technology  scifi  youtube  from delicious
april 2013 by pierce
What is a book in the age of the iPad? An interview with Craig Mod | The Verge
"Every six months we're going to see 3 or 4 very obvious things that we weren't doing that someone's going to start doing, and then the whole industry shifts and follows that. Two years ago, hardware was more of a limiting factor — now it isn't.

It's a good time, it's an interesting time, the market has moved so quickly. "
books  technology  ipad  kindle  ios  future  webstock  from delicious
march 2013 by pierce
What does Microsoft's cloud-powered future mean for physical media? • News • Xbox 360 • Eurogamer.net
Er, doomed?

"As we look to the future of our industry, increasingly the games, the IPs and the content, are going to sit on the cloud, powered by Xbox but accessible through a variety of devices. Rather than our games being device-centric, they will become cloud-centric. This is a general trend you will see more of as we go forward.

"The key thread that runs through our future is the shift from packaged products to connected entertainment services," ...

"But everything we do will have increasingly deep social and additional features that are reliant on the network, that are unlocked by the network and enhanced by the network through Xbox Live and beyond. That's the key strategic shift we're making with our business, moving from being a maker of packaged products to being an operator of connected services."
games  business  future  microsoft  xbox  from delicious
january 2013 by pierce
The Future on Vimeo
"Eclectic Method has supercut some of our favorite scenes from movies that turn a predictive eye to the future. Blade Runner's Megacities alongside A.I.'s flooded New York and Idiocracy's run down shanty towns. Some technology predictions in these films have already proven to be accurate and some are still a ways off - or not! ... cameras on every corner, oil shortages, massive cultural uprisings in the middle east, retinal scans, X-Rays, flying cars and hoverboards, hybrid humans, robots, A.I., teleportation and so on. Who really watches Sci-Fi for the plot anyway, you wanna see the goodness condensed."
video  future  cinema  scifi  from delicious
december 2012 by pierce
dConstruct 2012 · James Burke
Fantastic talk - "ADMIRAL SHOVEL AND THE TOILET ROLL
It begins to look as if we might have been wrong. All those predictions driving us forward throughout history have brought us finally to the unexpected realisation that the future is, suddenly, no longer what it used to be. Oops."
future  history  science  culture  technology  philosophy  from delicious
december 2012 by pierce
Everyone Who Wants a Drone Will Have One Soon - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic
'Semi-autonomous flying things are already available to the general public and will continue to become more available. Yet our intuitive privacy settings, our security forces, and our sense of property all assume humans on the ground."
ubicomp  technology  future  from delicious
october 2012 by pierce
Generation Smartphone - IEEE Spectrum
"The smartphone’s role as constant companion, helper, coach, and guardian has only just begun"
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september 2012 by pierce
Has science fiction died, or does it just look different now?
Warren Ellis - "the future tends to arrive a little bit broken. We have workarounds for everything, because very few things turn up perfectly functional."
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september 2012 by pierce
Warren Ellis » How To See The Future
"I’ll suggest to you something. The theories of atemporality and manufactured normalcy and zero history can be short-circuited by just one thing.

Looking around."
future  scifi  technology  mobile  from delicious
september 2012 by pierce
Sight on Vimeo
(8 mins) "the short shows a not-too-unrealistic future wherein we all walk around with contact lens-like devices that connect us to the cloud — everything from games to entertainment to instruction to dating coaches." (via MeFi)
video  ar  future  games  technology  ux  from delicious
july 2012 by pierce
Embracing the Future – Part 1: Conversation with Bruce Sterling & Brian David Johnson | The Tomorrow Project
First of 4x 5 minute interview clips including segments on The Difference Engine, interface design, and the future.
video  books  future  design  scifi  technology  from delicious
july 2012 by pierce
In Gene Sequencing Treatment for Leukemia, Glimpses of the Future - NYTimes.com
"A novel method known as whole genome sequencing focuses on genes that drive a cancer, not the tissues or organ where it originates."
future  technology  health  from delicious
july 2012 by pierce
Pictures and vision
The future of Facebook is about photos, Google is about vision? (via @moleitau)
google  facebook  future  technology  web  socialnetwork  photography  video  from delicious
may 2012 by pierce
SF, big ideas, ideology: what is to be done? - Charlie's Diary
"in the past 30 years the only truly challenging new concepts to come along were cyberpunk and the singularity. Both of which amount to different attempts within the genre to accommodate the first-order implications of computers and networking as the defining technology of the near future" ... " to the extent that mainstream literary fiction is about the perfect microscopic anatomization of everyday mundane life, a true and accurate mainstream literary novel today ought to read like a masterpiece of cyberpunk dystopian SF."
scifi  books  culture  technology  future  from delicious
may 2012 by pierce
Welcome to Life « Tom Scott
A science fiction story about what you see when you die. Or: the Singularity, ruined by lawyers. (via MeFi)
video  future  law  funny  youtube  singularity  from delicious
may 2012 by pierce
Warren Ellis » The Manfred Macx Media Diet
On Charlie Stross' Accelerando (particularly the early bits)
future  technology  scifi  books  mobile  from delicious
april 2012 by pierce
You Already Own the Next Most Important Transportation Planning Tool - Technology - The Atlantic Cities
Cell phone carriers have figured out how to monetize just about everything. The industry makes a billion dollars just selling you ring tones. But it hadn’t yet occurred to anyone that this movement data was valuable, too.

"They don’t know a thing about transportation. They don’t know what the transportation community spends on trying to instrument the road network with their own technologies," Smith says. “And this is a network that they’ve already spent $300 billion on as an industry, to build out a network of towers, switches and electronic equipment. And quite frankly, what the infrastructure does is it looks at the movement of people. They use it for facilitating communications, and we want to use it to facilitate the movement of people, for transportation.”

Call it movement analytics.
location  ubicomp  mobile  technology  business  future  from delicious
february 2012 by pierce
Blank slate: politics and context in the 21st century - Charlie's Diary
Some great points on where classic political terms came from - conservative, liberal, left/right wing...
politics  society  history  future  from delicious
february 2012 by pierce
Welcome to the Jungle « Sutter’s Mill
In the twilight of Moore’s Law, the transitions to multicore processors, GPU computing, and HaaS cloud computing are not separate trends, but aspects of a single trend – mainstream computers from desktops to ‘smartphones’ are being permanently transformed into heterogeneous supercomputer clusters. Henceforth, a single compute-intensive application will need to harness different kinds of cores, in immense numbers, to get its job done.

The free lunch is over. Now welcome to the hardware jungle.
scalability  concurrency  technology  future  programming  from delicious
january 2012 by pierce
Gardens and Zoos – Blog – BERG
Matt Jones presentation - "It might more properly be entitled ‘Pets & Pot-plants’ rather than ‘Gardens & Zoos’ – but the audience seemed to enjoy it, and hopefully it framed some of the things we’re thinking about and discussing in the studio over the last year or so, as we’ve been working on http://bergcloud.com and other projects looking at the near-future of connected products."
ubicomp  ux  design  technology  future  from delicious
january 2012 by pierce
Remarks on Utopia in the Age of Climate Change – arena
Kim Stanley Robinson gives an account of his utopian novels (via @bruces)
books  scifi  philosophy  future  environment  culture  from delicious
january 2012 by pierce
A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design
Pictures Under Glass is old news. Let's start using our hands. (via DaringFireball)
ux  usability  technology  future  from delicious
november 2011 by pierce
A cultural thought experiment - Charlie's Diary
"The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed." William Gibson wrote that bon mot, and if he never wrote another word, that insight would be sufficient to guarantee him immortality.

Which got me wondering whether the future that is already here might include a class for whom space travel is not merely an interesting idea, but one that is affordable.
scifi  space  future  society  culture  from delicious
october 2011 by pierce
Week 39: On space as a service | Urbanscale
Adam Greenfield. Urbanisation. Technology. Long words... sweet.
ubicomp  technology  future  society  from delicious
october 2011 by pierce
William Gibson | Books | Interview | The A.V. Club Chicago
Gibson interview with a few older video pieces (going back a decade or so)
video  scifi  books  culture  technology  future  from delicious
october 2011 by pierce
Rands In Repose: You Are Underestimating the Future
You are underestimating the future. You are fretting about the now; worrying about little things that don’t matter. You are wasting precious energy obsessing over irrelevant details. You don’t believe that a better future is out there and can be built, that it can exceed people’s expectations, because you’re spending so much time considering the truth of the present and the seemingly important lessons of the past.

You are underestimating the future because you believe you cannot see it, but you can - you’ve seen it done before.

- yeah, it's about Steve.
philosophy  future  apple  from delicious
october 2011 by pierce
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