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Which important human milestones 3 - 10 years out have a known date of occurance? I'd like to add them to my calendar.

Intermediate Future Calendar: After adding the 2015 New Horizons flyby of Pluto to my Google Calendar [14 July 2015; 11:47 GMT], I was filled with a desire to populate the semi-distant future -- say, the next +3 to +10 years -- with important human achievements/milestones that have a known date. What are these important dates? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jun 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Songs for a Better Future

What are the most comforting songs? I'm thinking along the lines of Bob Marley's Three Little Birds ('Every little thing/ is gonna be all right"). [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Apr 20, 2012 - 90 answers

Looking for novels about AI in the very distant future

Looking for sci-fi novels with a theme similar to Karl Schroeder's Ventus. [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Apr 11, 2012 - 16 answers

I'm too anxious and tired from overthinking how to do this to go to grad school.

Precedents/ideas for molding agriculture, food/cooking, health, and psychology together into a meaningful, practical career? [more inside]
posted by trampoliningisfun on Mar 26, 2012 - 11 answers

I could use help figuring out what to do with my life.

I was recently accepted into graduate school (pursuing my MFA in nonfiction writing) but after doing some thinking, I'm pretty sure I'm not going to go. I'd like some different viewpoints, however. But what's more pressing is that, if I don't go, I'm not sure what I'm going to do with my life right now. And for that, I could use (a lot of) advice. [more inside]
posted by Modica on Mar 19, 2012 - 19 answers

My career is growing in ways I'm not sure I asked for, but maybe that's a good thing?

I have been with Company for 4 years. As my career has grown, everything about my workday has changed dramatically. I feel that most of the changes are positive. However, some of the things that made my original job a great fit for me are gone. Can you share any insights, suggestions, tools, exercises, or books to make this career growth work for me? [more inside]
posted by calcetinporfavor on Mar 6, 2012 - 3 answers

Would an alien radio pick up a cacophony or a damp fizzle?

If an alien located on a planet 100 light years from here was to switch on a big, multi-frequency radio receiver, and record all the noises coming from outer space for the next hundred years, on all frequencies, how many soap operas, advertisements and new broadcasts would they pick up from Earth? Would a mass-market radio, similar to our Earthly equivalents, pick up anything? Over time, as the number of Earth transmissions increases exponentially, would the alien pick up a cacophony or a damp fizzle? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Needing some hope

There's always someone else, right? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 - 38 answers

Why will China win the 21st century?

Suppose you had to defend the thesis that the 21st Century is going to be the Chinese Century, in the way that the 20th Century is often referred to as the American Century. What arguments would you muster to support that claim? [more inside]
posted by slappy_pinchbottom on Jan 27, 2012 - 11 answers

I have no idea how I'm going to plan the wedding.

I have come to realize that I am terrible at planning in most areas of my life: education, finance, events, daily tasks etc. How do I become better at looking ahead, seeing what's coming and acting now so that the future doesn't suck? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on Dec 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Knowing the Future

Can you think of any examples of a famous character in a film (or book) who knew the future, or knew that a big event was definitely going to happen, and couldn't cope with that knowledge?
posted by Marzipan on Dec 8, 2011 - 39 answers

career help. I yam so sleepy.

Career filter: How to proceed if I am exhausted and unhappy? [more inside]
posted by sucre on Dec 5, 2011 - 6 answers

What is the most 'radical' movement in American culture today?

I'm trying to figure out which modestly-sized movements are most antithetical to conventional modern day culture (excluding direct political movements - I'm thinking something akin to how Gay Rights were perceived 50+ years ago) [more inside]
posted by pipian on Dec 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Does anyone know of one single world event that was predicted 25 years or more before it happened?

Does anyone know of one single world event that was predicted 25 years or more before it happened I use Prediction as being a statement about a fundamentally unknown aspect of the future, and Event as a non-recurring event.
posted by terminus on Sep 11, 2011 - 41 answers

Law school (and beyond) worries

I am a rising 2L at a T6 school. My first year grades were really bad, and I'm trying to figure out my future. Many snowflake extras inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 31, 2011 - 21 answers

How to Maximize My Chances for a Job a Year From Now

My wife will begin school in Boston in the Fall of 2012. I've got a great job in Chicago right now. What's my best bet for keeping this job as long as possible, while locking in a new job in Boston for when we move? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Wasn't there a guy keeping track of predictions?

I seem to recall a site run by some guy that noted pundits' and analysts' forecasts. If an analyst said Vista was going to flop, this was the type of site to record that. I think I saw this site mentioned a couple years ago on daring fireball, or perhaps waxy. It definitely had the "claim chowder" vibe.
posted by Monochrome on Aug 23, 2011 - 9 answers

Message in a bottle

What would you ask your grandparents/family to record in a message to your future? [more inside]
posted by mcav on Aug 22, 2011 - 11 answers

Post-scarcity organizations?

There are organizations that are palliative (e.g. the Red Cross). There are organizations that are arguably transformative on a societal level (e.g. Kiva). Are there organizations in which global post-scarcity is an explicit goal and overarching value? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jul 26, 2011 - 6 answers

A series of blog posts about a book predicting future gadgets...

Does anyone remember a blog that went through and commented on a book published in the early 90s about the future of personal gizmos? Each section of the book featured a handheld gadget that was "coming soon," and each blog entry looked into what happened to it and why it did or didn't take off in the two decades since the book was published. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. on Jul 15, 2011 - 1 answer

So long old life! How to I really put it all behind me?

What suggestions do you have for helping me put the past in a box and filing it away? [more inside]
posted by littleflowers on Jul 14, 2011 - 12 answers

What books or blogs should I read to get an idea how the world will change in the next 5-15 years?

What books or blogs should I read to get an idea how the world will change in the next 5-15 years? [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey on Jul 11, 2011 - 11 answers

How highly should I value my management experience?

I have a new job offer with a company that will pay a bit better than I manage now. The new company is likely to be a better working environment as well. However, the new job would be a step down from a manager/supervisor role into more of a coordinator role. How highly should I esteem my current manager title/responsibilities? Enough to reconsider a move to a role that feels like a better fit in most other ways? [more inside]
posted by owls on May 23, 2011 - 6 answers

What life changing events are predicted or will happen in the future?

So disappointed with the Rapture. What real, life changing events are scheduled or predicted that I can add to my calendar? [more inside]
posted by cashman on May 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me with this quotation...

Can someone help me with the origin of the quote? [more inside]
posted by jchaw on Mar 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Why are the world's resources distributed the way they are?

Why are the world's resources distributed the way they are? [more inside]
posted by simpleton on Mar 8, 2011 - 34 answers

The future of work

Will unemployment soar as machines do more and more of our work for us? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Feb 8, 2011 - 40 answers

Pahk the police cah in Futurah Blahk

Does anyone know the history of Boston's use of Futura Black as its "official" municipal font? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me find some good, near future science fiction!

I'm looking for recommendations of some "near-future" science fiction novels, for to read into mah brain. [more inside]
posted by BobFrapples on Jan 14, 2011 - 31 answers

How do I feel better about my boyfriend not wanting to live together?

My boyfriend of 3.5 years doesn't want to live with me yet, and I'm incredibly hurt by that. Please help me think about this in a more constructive way, and help me move on from toxic thoughts about his lack of desire to live with me. [more inside]
posted by superlibby on Dec 30, 2010 - 48 answers

Are there particular quotes about "staying in the present" that are poignant to you?

Are there particular quotes about "staying in the present" that are poignant to you? Recently I have been worrying about the future, to the point it's become debilitating to accomplish some of the most trivial of tasks. I am looking for quotes to use as quick reminders to stay in the present, and the let the future be as it may.
posted by helios410 on Dec 28, 2010 - 36 answers

Collection of possible future events that are all somehow related?

Is there a word for a "collection of possible future events that are all somehow related?" I want something that captures the idea of a "collection of scenarios." Or, pick an forecasted event, fear, or desire: What is "the spectrum of possible outcomes" relevant to this thing that has my attention, plausible or otherwise, expected or unexpected, the good, the bad, and the ugly? Probability cloud? Scenario collection? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 27, 2010 - 20 answers

I would eat more ice cream and less beans

What to add to my new life? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Dec 21, 2010 - 11 answers

In the year 4000...

I'm looking for good movies set in the future, especially the far future. Dystopian, post-apocalyptic or neither. Actually, especially neither, but no magic. I'm looking for interesting speculations on what happens by the year 2XXX, or 10,000, or whenever.
posted by BungaDunga on Dec 5, 2010 - 34 answers

What should I do with my life?

I need advice on my special snowflake academic future. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Dec 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Gotta make sure no one tries to impersonate me on fanfiction.net...

AskMe is always saying that one should register their full name on certain web services, just to protect them for future use. I have the basics - what am I missing? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Nov 25, 2010 - 8 answers

Tell me about your work as an interpreter.

Have you ever worked as an interpreter, had experience working closely with interpreters, or used one yourself? I'm pondering quitting my boring, but unstressful part-time job to work as a Spanish medical interpreter, and am looking for inside stories of what the job may really be like. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Nov 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Break up, yep.

Break-ups and the future: how to proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2010 - 17 answers

Help us make our future happy.

Mid-twenties couple living in a big city trying to save up for the future. How the heck to people do it? Help us figure out what we're doing wrong and how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Oct 14, 2010 - 71 answers

I'm looking for old maps. No, older than that.

Does anyone know of an online resource for looking at the configuration of the continents over the eons? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Sep 26, 2010 - 5 answers

What careers might someone who's interested in interiewing people, fixing the world and making money look into?

Figuring out a career path: I'm an undergrad student who has a passion for interviewing people and getting their stories. I also want my carer to help make the world a better place and feel that I would be happiest if I could see my impact directly. What careers or jobs might I look into? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Sep 15, 2010 - 17 answers

Replacing schools/golf courses/churches with vertical farms.

What are the not-so-obvious problems that may occur if a major city replaced dying schools/golf courses/churches with multi-leveled solar/geothermal powered hydroponic vertical farms? [more inside]
posted by querty on Aug 11, 2010 - 29 answers

... And then we'd blow their minds!

What kinds of pranks and/or practical jokes could a time traveller pull on people from the past without changing history? [more inside]
posted by amyms on Aug 8, 2010 - 22 answers

We're just not going to the bathroom together. Ever.

What can I look forward to as my relationship continues? [more inside]
posted by teraspawn on Aug 2, 2010 - 48 answers

Job hopping vs compelling reasons to leave a job

How does this really look to hiring managers? [more inside]
posted by amylicious on Jul 28, 2010 - 6 answers

AGT, but whom?

Who is next on AGT? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Jul 21, 2010 - 1 answer

Should I sell my books?

Should i sell my books or keep them? We're moving to a smaller house. I own way too many books. Most are expensive and i won't be able to afford to replace them in any near future. I have loads of slipped discs and lifting loads of small boxes of books will be agony. I own hundreds of v.specialist books i might need IF i get a job needing a particular language, or onto a masters in that area of psychology. They're big, they're expensive (normally - i picked up cheap ones along the way for possible future use). I live in a remote rural area with no nearby shop, so they have to sell on Amazon in the next 4 weeks or go to charity shops, probably get pulped. I would use most of them eventually. There are also my massive language dictionaries: there are online dictionaries, but often i can't afford the internet, but i don't know if i will need ever them or not, depends what job i get (have had jobs abroad). Really, it's a philosophy of life question: gather no moss, be a free spirit? Or plan ahead, be cautious? Which works best and why? Anyone with experience who can say you won't need those books/you'll really regret it? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Jul 21, 2010 - 36 answers

How to enjoy thinking about the future - sans stress

How can I plan and enjoy wondering about the future without spiraling into worry. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2010 - 11 answers

How did people make predictions from animal entrails?

How did people make predictions from animal entrails? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Jun 21, 2010 - 18 answers

Is teenage hacker culture alive out there?

What are the cool technologies that kids on the fringes are playing with these days? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Jun 14, 2010 - 6 answers

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