Category Archives: Future

It’s the End of the World as We Know It

UPDATE: We have put the show announcement up for Thursday’s End of the World Special on FastForward Radio. As we all know, the last day on the ancient Mayan calendar is December 21, 2012. To commemorate this historic landmark, FastForward Radio will be doing a special Countdown to the End of the World show starting […]

The Questions We Need to Ask

1. What are we ready to believe is possible? 2. What are ready to do in order to realize the possible? 3. Who or what are we willing to become? 4. When do we start?

The Speculist Essentials

Here’s our list of essentials to date: 1. Movie or TV show Field of Dreams | Johnny Quest | Star Trek (all editions) | Blade Runner | 2001: A Space Odyssey | Gattaca | Wall-E | Battlestar Galactica (re-do) | Being John Malkovich | Dr. Zhivago 2. Fiction book Permutation City | Blood Music | […]

America's Tricentennial

While going through old SF magazines, I found mention of Atlantic Richfield’s ad campaign requesting vision statements from Americans of what life might be like in the Tricentennial. ARCO received some 60,000 responses and in 1977 published an 80-page booklet summarizing those visions. The SF reviewer stated that most of the visions listed therein would […]

John Smart Speaks

If you want to give your weekend (or week, depending on when you read this) a real boost of unique and fascinating ideas about the future, give this guy a listen.

The Problem with Linear Projections of the Future

My almost 4,000-word essay on futurism and the problems generated by linear projections of technological change is finished and has been loaded onto Scribd. Here’s a sample: Here is where we get to the nub of my contention that projecting linear trends based on what effects future radical life extension alone would have on present-day […]

Five futurist visionaries and what they got right

When I saw this one, I immediately thought of the Speculist: Within 50 years humans will merge with machines and become both superintelligent and immortal, in an event known as the technological singularity. So says the ever-controversial futurist Ray Kurzweil. We pick his brains on his latest initiative, the Singularity University, and on his plan […]

Living Longer…and Doing a Whole Lot More Than That

The following are outtakes from my essay [work in progress] responding to this particular article: “Living Longer: Planning for Longer Life-Spans,” by Marvin Cetron and Owen Davies. Originally published as “Extended Life-Span,” in The Futurist, April 1998, pp. 17-23. You’re wondering why I’m responding to such an old article. Well, there are two reasons, one […]

More on Sexy Immortal Etc.

I started writing a comment in the thread on my Better All the Time piece from Friday when I realized that, length-wise, it was growing into a post of its own. So here we go. Leo wrote: Until humans know that happiness results from virtuous behavior and that such knowledge informs and directs our own […]