warrenellis + future   25

Open the Future: Watching the World through a Broken Lens
"This is not a dilemma without a solution, however. Professional Foresight (aka Futurism) also went through a period where specialists would offer up a single prediction of a certain future. In more recent decades -- arguably since Hermann Kahn's On Thermonuclear War in 1960, but more generally since the advent of Shell-derived Scenario Planning in the 1990s -- futurism has been more comfortable with uncertainty, and more willing to offer multiple rival forecasts of possible outcomes instead of singular, certain predictions. Multi-scenario foresight has evolved various iterations since then, but they all come down to a core idea: you can't predict the future, but you can see the shape of different possible futures."
future  pol  war 
5 weeks ago by warrenellis
"An uncoordinated mishmash of relatively unsophisticated data-gathering methods haphazardly connected to infrastructure" | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com
"I’ll go out on a limb here, and say that unmanned-vehicle road-drone delivery systems are the design endgame for “self-driving cars.” They’ll probably be small, light, and inhumanly fast, like smart mobile grocery carts lined in rubber bumpers. Big, ponderous, driverless cars as we know them today are quite similar to manned spacecraft. "
tech  drones  future 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Future Factories and Futurematic – Situation Lab - OCADU
"Futurematic is a design jam to fill a vending machine with artifacts from the future. Participants will conceptualize and execute designs for the objects, focusing mostly on packaging design and rapid prototyping as ways of exploring possible futures. The jam will also include an opportunity to play the Situation Lab’s brand-new imaginary objects card game, “The Thing from the Future.”"
future  design 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
ThoughtMesh: Forging the Future
(old link) The Forging the Future Mesh is a collection of essays and resources related to variable media preservation. The Mesh is organized by Forging the Future, a consortium of museums and cultural heritage organizations dedicated to exploring, developing, and sharing new vocabularies and tools for cultural preservation.
future  writing 
june 2013 by warrenellis
The Prefuture of Synthetic Biology « NextNature.net
"Somewhere between a vat of expensive face cream and a baby Neanderthal lies a probable future for synthetic biology."
future 
may 2013 by warrenellis
The problem with predictions: Speaker says peering into future remains an imperfect science
"New models are emerging from the life sciences that view the world as a living organism rather than a machine. "These models are coupled with a new aesthetic, which finds beauty in the complexity of life rather than the elegance of symmetry,""
future 
april 2013 by warrenellis
Open the Future: Bots, Bacteria, and Carbon: My Talk at ENSIA
Jamais Cascio: "The talk I gave earlier this month at the University of Minnesota is now viewable at the Ensia website, on YouTube, and embedded below. It runs about 36 minutes, and covers three different scenarios of a sustainable future."
future 
april 2013 by warrenellis
Open the Future: Futures of Human Cultures
"...by 2113 we'll have gone through a dozen or so technosocial-fashion generations. Smartphones give way to tablets to phablets to wearables to implantables to swallowables to replaceable eyeballs to neo-sinus body-nanofab systems (using mucous as a raw material) to brainwebs to body-rentals... and those are increasingly considered "so 2110." And with all of these (or whatever really emerges), there are shifting behavioral norms. Don't look at your phone at the dinner table. Don't replace your eyeball in public. Don't reboot your neo-sinus in church."
future 
march 2013 by warrenellis
Green Pages | Near Future Laboratory
"For those of you who haven’t subscribed, or don’t know about it, Green Pages is Design Fiction operationalized. Green Pages makes Design Fiction into something the entertainment industry can use directly."
future  writing  design+fiction  media 
march 2013 by warrenellis
Roko's basilisk - RationalWiki
"According to the proposition, it is possible that this ultimate (future godlike artificial) intelligence may punish those who fail to help it, with greater punishment accorded those who knew the importance of the task. This is conventionally comprehensible, but the notable bit of the basilisk and similar constructions is that the AI and the person punished have no causal interaction: the punishment would be of a simulation of the person, which the AI would construct by deduction from first principles."
ai  future  mad  funny 
february 2013 by warrenellis
New Chapters
" "5 Unexpected Factors That Change How We Forecast The Future," is my first essay for Co.EXIST, a FastCompany spinoff focusing on "world changing ideas and innovation""
future 
february 2013 by warrenellis
The beginning of BotWorld « Magical Nihilism
"The world of domesticated, tiny AIs that Matt was talking about two years ago is what BERG is starting to explore, manufacture – and sell in every larger numbers."
berg  tech  little+printer  future 
february 2013 by warrenellis
Open the Future: #War
"What's the hashtag for terror? For propaganda? I've been talking about the role of social media as a possible enabler of political violence for years. In my June 2009 talk at Mobile Monday in Amsterdam, I argued that Twitter and similar media had the potential to serve a role similar to the radio stations used to drive the 1990s Rwandan genocide. I went into more detail on the idea in this article at Fast Company a short while later..."
war  future  peopleIknow  comms  social 
november 2012 by warrenellis
3:AM Magazine » Against All Ends: Hauntology, Aesthetics, Ontology.
"The out of jointness is not the opposition of the present to either the part or the future of indeed a mere disordering of these temporal modes. Derrida specifically warns against this: “A spectral moment, a moment that no longer belongs to time, if one understands by this word the linking of modalized presents (past present, actual present: ‘now,’ future present) … Furtive and untimely, the apparition of the specter does not belong to that time” (10). As a result, hauntology in its Derridean formulation counters the criticism put forward by James Bridle, that “it deals with the problem of the future by going back to the past” (11) and that it needs to be opposed by the radically new. This reiteration of the standard modal temporalities of past, present and future is both symptomatic of the problems of an aesthetic interpretation of hauntology and at the same time, the very problem that Derrida is confronting with his concept of hauntology."
hauntology  future 
may 2012 by warrenellis
The “Classical” Button (MP3)
"I like to think that this particular hotel radio is tuned to sounds leaking back from the future, a time when this kind of electronic noise, this light industrial piece, this static-laden minimal techno, is considered classical music."
music  sound  future 
april 2012 by warrenellis
We're Underestimating the Risk of Human Extinction - Ross Andersen - Technology - The Atlantic
"...suppose you have a moral view that counts future people as being worth as much as present people..."
future  dooooom 
march 2012 by warrenellis
Humans, Version 3.0 § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM
"This mystery mechanism of human transformation is neuronal recycling, coined by neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene, wherein the brain’s innate capabilities are harnessed for altogether novel functions."
bodymod  future  bio  neuro 
february 2012 by warrenellis
The Future is a Virus (my Swedish Twitter University "talk")
"In my view, futurism ("strategic foresight," "scenario planning") is a vaccination for our civilization's immune system."
future 
december 2011 by warrenellis
English Russia » Doomsday Doesn’t Scare Us Anymore
"Russian scientists are building Noah’s Ark. Now the mankind has a chance to survive."
architecture  design+fiction  future 
january 2011 by warrenellis

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