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Kim Stanley Robinson: The Good Anthropocene – Locus Online
The thing about climate change is it’s usually pretty slow. While it will include some quick catastrophes that just slap you in the face, like a big hurricane or fire or flood, it’s more often slow, like the five-year drought we had in California.
climate  literature  books  futurism  science  sciencefiction  writing  nyc  weather 
6 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Jeff Greenfield’s ‘Then Everything Changed’ - Review - NYTimes.com
“Geography, topography, ethnicity, ideology, climate, natural resources, the search for wealth, mass migrations, all set the framework; but the random roll of the dice is as potent a force as any,” he writes. “A missed meeting, a shift in the weather, a slightly different choice of words open up a literally limitless series of possibilities.”
writing  creativity  futurism  politics  usa 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Mubarak’s Going to Saudi Arabia, CIA-Funded Forecasters Say | Danger Room | Wired.com
The reasons why he travels matter, too. Mubarak flew both to Germany and France last year: once for cancer treatment, and a second time for suspected health reasons. It suggests that the 83 year-old leader would rather land in a country first first class medical facilities (at least for former strongmen).  Some of Mubarak’s other destinations this year — like Libya, Sudan, and Algeria — don’t really fit that bill.

On the other hand, European countries — especially ones with large Arab minorities — might be a little skittish about taking such an unpopular figure. So Germany or France might not be the best choice for Mubarak’s retirement home.
egypt  travel  futurism  data  information  social 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Maximus Clarke talks with William Gibson about his “speculative novels of last Wednesday” : Maud Newton
The surprising thing about it — I almost said the insidious thing, but I’m trying to be anthropological — the surprising thing, to me, is that once we have our gramophone, or iPad, or locomotive, we become that which has the gramophone, the iPad, or the locomotive, and thereby, are instantly incapable of recognizing what just happened to us, as I believe we’re incapable of understanding what broadcast television, or the radio, or telephony did to us.
I strongly suspect that prior to those things we were something else. In that regard, our predecessors are in a sense unknowable. Imagine a world without recorded music: I always come to the conclusion that it’s impossible for me to imagine that, because I have become that which lives with recorded music.
music  writing  technology  futurism  aesthetics  attention  identity  television  ipad  transportation  sciencefiction  novels  fiction 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jim DeRogatis talks about leaving the Chicago Sun-Times - Minneapolis / St. Paul Music - Gimme Noise
"My basic theory about the way our beloved biz is going to shake out is I think there's going to be tweets, and there's going to be those great articles in the New Yorker about an 1856 expedition over the North Pole in a balloon and you say 'I dunno if I'm interested in this', and then 7,000 words later, because that first paragraph was so good and it sucked you in, you wish it hadn't ended. There's going to be great long-form journalism and there's going to be headlines. Those of us in dead-tree newspaper print, we're in the middle, and I don't think the middle is going to be there much longer."
journalism  media  newspapers  futurism  chicago  music  rock 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Douglas Coupland: 'Generation A' loneliness
"Storytelling is ultimately a creative act of pattern recognition," Coupland says. "Through characters, plot and setting, a writer creates places where previously invisible truths become visible. Or the storyteller posits a series of dots that the reader can connect. In times of information upheaval like right now, the attempt to locate patterns is one of the few ways to survive and not be dragged into the churn."
story  books  fiction  sciencefiction  futurism  writing 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Magazine Preview - The Civil Heretic - Freeman Dyson - Profile - NYTimes.com
“I don’t think of myself predicting things,” he says. “I’m expressing possibilities. Things that could happen. To a large extent it’s a question of how badly people want them to. The purpose of thinking about the future is not to predict it but to raise people’s hopes.”
futurism  time  weather  physics  climate  science 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The weird science of stock photography. - By Seth Stevenson - Slate Magazine
While it's fun to ponder which future trends Getty's seers are banking on, it can also be illuminating to learn which sorts of images have been most attractive to their clients in the recent past. Getty's Web site gets more than 3 million unique users each month, all scouring it for purchasable content. Getty gave me lists of the most popular search terms on their database for 2006, 2007, and the first half of 2008. Only three entries showed up in the top 10 on all three lists: business, people, and woman. (Woman climbed from eighth to fifth to first, which Waggoner attributes to the increasing global presence of women in the workplace and thus the increasing global demand for photos and video depicting women in the workplace.)
data  futurism  sociology  design  photography  culture  journalism  media  marketing  information  business  women  work  jobs 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Closing the 'Collapse Gap': the USSR was better prepared for collapse than the US | Energy Bulletin
My talk tonight is about the lack of collapse-preparedness here in the United States. I will compare it with the situation in the Soviet Union, prior to its collapse. The rhetorical device I am going to use is the "Collapse Gap" – to go along with the Nuclear Gap, and the Space Gap, and various other superpower gaps that were fashionable during the Cold War.
energy  usa  russia  war  oil  society  futurism 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
SPIEGEL ONLINE - Druckversion - The End of Arrogance: America Loses Its Dominant Economic Role - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
"The new US president will only have been in office for a short time when a document titled 'Global Trends 2025' appears on his desk. The report is being prepared by analysts at the National Intelligence Council. Its chairman, Thomas Fingar, has already released a preview, and reading it will not exactly be enjoyable for proud American. 'Although the United States will remain the most important power, American dominance will be sharply reduced,' says Fingar. According to the preview of the report, the erosion of American supremacy will "accelerate in the areas of politics and economics, and possibly culture."
usa  toread  war  economics  power  politics  futurism  finance  realestate  stocks  europe  germany 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Paul Saffo on why he’s leaving the Institute for the Future | Chris O’Brien
“It’s the forecasters disease. I’m constantly thinking about the implication of what I was seeing on the horizon of my work. Fundamentally, many of those things were outside the scope of what my clients were willing to fund."
futurism  thinking  attention  science  cities  urban  environment 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
cityofsound: The street as platform
"Freeze the frame, and scrub the film backwards and forwards a little, observing the physical activity on the street. But what can’t we see?"
academia  cities  computers  data  design  futurism  information  infrastructure  location  media  mobile  music  politics  presence  privacy  public  radio  research  scifi  social  sociology  society  software  story  technology  urban  web  wifi  writing  essay  film  sciencefiction 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com Ink Q&A - Tim Guest
"I imagine a future with localised, physical communities that satisfy the needs of our bodies for groups — with all their attendant connections and contentions — and virtual connection that engages us intellectually with the wider world."
futurism  communication  community 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Noise: SFBG Music Blog - Cover me: Embracing Burial's noirish dubstep
"[S]crap the lush, symphonic strings, strip the vocals down to the barest bits, and dismantle the rhythms as much as possible - and while you're at it, bundle the whole thing up in blankets of whirrs and drones - and you'll get somewhere close [...]"
music  uk  futurism  cities  urban  criticism 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The geek who conquered the fashion world | Magazine | The Observer
"I fantasise about what the future could be in terms of aesthetic and psychology. It's the most difficult thing to do because you have to start from the past - your favourite architect, your favourite song - you take it all with you."
fashion  design  culture  interviews  futurism  aesthetics  psychology  architecture  music 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
TheStar.com - columnists - The original cyberpunk still adores his gadgets
"[C]ivilized man is so enveloped by his own artifacts and technological whims that he has forgotten himself, has lost the ability to perceive them as 'signatures' or signs, has become subject to them and spends his days ignorant [...]"
novels  literature  society  futurism  technology 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com Books | Now romancer
"Somewhere now there's a team of people working on something that's going to profoundly impact your life in the next 10 years [... T]hey don't know how it's going to change your life because usually these things don't go as predicted."
books  interviews  scifi  writing  fiction  aesthetics  creativity  futurism  novels 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Friends, friendsters, and top 8: Writing community into being on social network sites
"Social network sites are not digital spaces disconnected from other social venues — it is a modeling of one aspect of participants’ social worlds and that model is evaluated in other social contexts."
academia  community  culturalstudies  culture  education  environment  friendship  futurism  identity  livejournal  philosophy  psychology  reading  writing  work  web  theory  technology  sociology  social  smartmobs 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Slate: Reviewing Mike Judge's Idiocracy. By Reihan Salam
"Lead or follow. Getting out of the way is not an option. Failing that, you should at least try to outbreed the people you hate most."
humor  politics  society  cinema  behavior  futurism  reviews  usa 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CHE: 9/23/2005: Carlin Romano's "New Orleans and the Probability Blues"
"Probability theory and risk analysis may not be the jazziest topics to wrestle with in Katrina's wake, but more should try. And not just in regard to the Gulf Coast."
neworleans  hurricane  katrina  cities  politics  psychology  futurism  urban  sustainable 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
:: Douglas Rushkoff - Weblog ::
"Evolution is a team sport, not a competition. There's just one thing going on here, however many eyes and 'I's' it may seem to have. We all make it, together, or none of us do."
social  aesthetics  futurism  science 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Salon: Are we doomed?
"We have to live in such a way that we pass on a worthwhile world to our children. And that's a wonderful ideal that can replace consumerism, that will have to replace consumerism."
activism  writing  futurism  marketing  usa  uk  china  aging 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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