I started Futurecast that evolved into the Future Chronicles back in 1996:
To provide an ongoing, world-wide-web based chronicle of the study of the future and the current trends that will affect the actual definitive future...that fleeting intangible event that eventually makes tomorrow, today
H Lee Siddons, Jr is a ilay futurist and the first futurecaster that predicted the success of Compact Discs (CDs), Microsoft Windows, the WWW, HDTV and DVDs
Picture this scene: an iPad resting on a table with the familiar 2D image from a video call on the screen.
The flat display shows your caller's upper body, talking away. But below this their hands and arms reach up out of the tabletop into the physical world, gently lifting a small red ball off the table and passing it from one digitally-recreated hand to the other.
Every time I delete spam from my inbox, I feel a tiny piece of my life flitter away.
Sitting needlessly at stoplights, or watching the minutes tick away as I wait in some line, or being forced to fill out yet another form, our precious time is being coopted by everyone from inconsiderate businesses, to overbearing government, to painful security checks at the airport.
We can only really communicate with a tiny fraction of our personal and global environment. But our world and our experience of it are poised to change dramatically as everything becomes increasingly interconnected. Here’s what we can expect in the coming era of the “Internet of Things.”
This advance is so meta. Theoretical physicists have forged a connection between the concept ofentanglement—itself a mysterious quantum mechanical connection between two widely separated particles—and that of a wormhole—a hypothetical connection between black holes that serves as a shortcut through space. The insight could help physicists reconcile quantum mechanics and Einstein’s general theory of relativity, perhaps the grandest goal in theoretical physics. But some experts argue that the connection is merely a mathematical analogy.
An ambitious idea for giant orbiting homes in space is being resurrected by a think tank that predicted travelling to the Moon 30 years before it happened.
It’s a space colony concept, drawn up by the late Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill in the mid-1970s, but his ambitious plan is now being revived by the space think tank British Interplanetary Society (Bis). The organisation has form in championing ideas that are not necessarily as wildly eccentric as they first appear. In the 1930s it came up with a detailed plan for a multi-stage rocket and a manned lunar lander, which looks remarkably like the mission that 30 years later successfully delivered Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the Moon.
Careening through the air 30,000 feet above the ground can be a brutal experience. To help us cope, airlines have evolved some pretty sophisticated on-demand entertainment in the form of games, movies, internet, and the occasional backrub.
Amazing but are all these going to be affordable??
Inspired by the real-life breakthroughs covered in the pages ofMIT Technology Review, renowned writers Brian W. Aldiss, David Brin, and Greg Egan join the hottest emerging authors from around the world to envision the future of the Internet, biotechnology, computing, and more.
This collection features 12 all-new stories, an exclusive interview with science fiction legend Neal Stephenson, and a full-color gallery of artwork by Science Fiction Hall of Famer Richard Powers.
A car inspired by ants that can climb walls. A submersible pod that uses the Los Angeles' river instead of congested freeways. A bio-suit with one leg that jumps like a kangaroo. These are the concepts nine automakers developed for this year's L.A.
Computer scientists at Fujitsu Labs have launched the "Todai Robot Project," an effort to get a robot to pass the University of Tokyo's very tough entrance exam — and they're hoping to do it in eight years.
In the next industrial revolution, will we manufacture goods, or will they construct themselves? architect and computer scientist Skylar Tibbits talks about 4-D printing, programmable matter, and the future of things.