A new pompous title from a parallel universe every weekday. Perfect for all your speculative fiction, knockoff Steam game, or prog-rock concept album titling needs. [more inside]
Metroid Baby, EndsOfInvention, and I have put together @contingencymsgs, a Twitter bot that alerts you about various fictional emergency situations.
It's an astronaut instruction manual. For pre-teens. [more inside]
#Additivism blurs the boundaries between art, engineering, science fiction, and digital aesthetics. It calls for critical, artistic, and speculative submissions to a Cookbook of radical ideas, to be released in Autumn 2015. [more inside]
Augur is an iPhone app that displays random Twitter posts, and attempts to provide both advice and prophesy. Pulling from a growing list of keywords, the app ignores any Twitter posts containing links, images, #hashtags, or @mentions. It also parses out any first person mention (I, Me, Myself) and tries to present Twitter posts containing second personal conditionals (You will, You shall, etc). [more inside]
What are the 100 objects that future historians will pick to define our 21st century? A javelin thrown by an enhanced Paralympian, far further than any normal human? Virtual reality interrogation equipment used by police forces? The world's most expensive glass of water, mined from the moons of Mars? Or desire modification drugs that fuel a brand new religion? [more inside]
The Conversation is an 8-month long conversation about the future, based on the hypothesis that at certain times in history the established systems (of economics, society, religion, etc.) cease answering the important questions. At these moments, we posit, a conversation takes place which tears down the old and builds anew the systems of thought for the next era. Our questions: Are we in one of those moments? If so, is the conversation taking place? Is the conversation even possible in this age of siloed knowledge and specialization. We're trying to find it or, perhaps, to start it. [more inside]
A look at a dystopian future as presented entirely through primary sources. Make money on the orphan exchange! See the wonder-fish! Get married to a corporation! Consume canned beets! [more inside]
Fragments of The Future outlines 26 big ideas that will likely shape the human future. This is a short, thought-provoking read. In this book you will learn about: 1) Two extremely effective classes of drugs that are not yet, but likely will be, used for smoking cessation 2) How religion will change in the near future 3) How governments can do help irresponsible people while simultaneously helping society 4) What families in the future will look like 5) The likely fate of the Neanderthals ...and much more... If you do read this book, please send me an e-mail with your thoughts. Many thanks, Rich E. Glamape
A Tumbleblog in which I scour the web for what seem to me to be transmissions from our very near future.
Future fantasies/current anxieties. Movie reviews/cultural theory essays on future-themed cinema. [more inside]
This project grew out of a curiosity to find out what Chinese people think about their country and their future. In 2010, I traveled to major urban centers in eastern China stopping people on the street to ask the same two questions about their country and their future: "What does China mean to you?" and "What is your role in China's future?" The respondents filled out a one-page typewritten questionnaire that included these two questions and some basic information including name, age, and occupation. The questions were interpreted variously, and the responses range from prosaic to poetic, from rote to inspired, and from unemotional to patriotic. While it’s difficult to draw conclusions about the entire population, the people photographed here expressed a sincere love of country and optimism about the country’s future development and peaceful position in the world. The final project incorporates about 100 portraits/interviews and includes people of various ages, gender, wealth, and hometown. For each person in the project, between five and ten declined to be photographed or fill out the questionnaire. You can read more about the project here.