We're on the cusp of 2009 and I want to start living like George Jetson. What are some of the things around your house/office that make you feel like you are living in the future? What are some of new technologies in development that I can look forward to?
posted by pwally
on Dec 13, 2008 -
ID That Story: novel (novella? short story?) in which a man is standing in line. Pretty much the entire story is his experience while waiting in line. It's a future/dystopia story. The man is waiting in line to make a complaint. He falls in love with the girl in front of him, though she's not allowed to turn and look at him. It's a parable about overpopulation. It was probably written in the 60s or 70s. That's all I remember.
posted by grumblebee
on Nov 20, 2008 -
This spring I will be finished with my second Master's degree. I've been at my current job for almost three years and while I enjoy it immensely, I am wondering about other opportunities that having two graduate degrees might open up for me. Am hoping to obtain answers especially from individuals who have multiple degrees and have gone into somewhat different career paths. [more inside]
posted by msposner
on Nov 11, 2008 -
I need suggestions for a message to a one-year-old to be opened on his 10th birthday. [more inside]
posted by saucy
on Sep 27, 2008 -
Short Story Askme: I read a short dystopian story many years ago set in a run-down, post apocalyptic future. A queue of people line up on a street to spit at a painting. The painting represents all the problems of the past. It is implied that the painting is The Mona Lisa. What is the story?
posted by bollockovnikov
on Sep 25, 2008 -
Question about WordPress, IE, and peculiar "no posts matched your criteria" errors. [more inside]
posted by johngoren
on Sep 21, 2008 -
i want to live/work with indigenous peoples in the amazon, write literature, and honor my immigrant parents by avoiding a hedonistic/freewheeling lifestyle. how do i do all these things? [more inside]
posted by jiayeeng
on Sep 7, 2008 -
What things could one person do now to best progress human civilization in the long term (ie, millions of years)? [more inside]
posted by fabius
on Aug 19, 2008 -
Watershed moment or wishful thinking? : 26 year old father considers future life. Looking to the hive mind for direction. [more inside]
posted by numberstation
on Jul 24, 2008 -
A good friend of mine just took his own life. That's not what this question is about...it's more about direction. This is long, so bear with me. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee
on Jul 15, 2008 -
Please help me out with my doomsday anxiety. I need some respected, rational, realistic stuff to read about economy, oil, food, etc. in the near future and beyond. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 9, 2008 -
What looks, uh, the least bad on a transcript - a C or a D w/ an A or B as a repeat grade? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 4, 2008 -
Optimism Filter: What individuals, groups or publications are thinking innovatively about the future of our planet and how to get there? [more inside]
posted by Mender
on Jun 4, 2008 -
I tire of the summer hiatus from academia. I live with a very strong work ethic and moral sense of duty that causes me a sort of existential crisis when my life seems to be put on hold. This feeling cannot be ignored, and cannot (seem to) be reconciled. Do you have similar experiences? I'd love to hear stories... [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 26, 2008 -
To what extent could sleeping with my ex-girlfriend, who is now very firmly just a friend, jeopardize the acceptability/reasonability of said relationship to any future potential girlfriends? [more inside]
posted by Annon E Moose
on Mar 31, 2008 -
Newspapers and media: the sky is falling, the bowl is being circled. What can we do about it? Your best suggestions please. [more inside]
posted by Gagglehack
on Mar 28, 2008 -
Why are we here? What started it all? What is the purpose of life? Where is technology taking us? What will happen to humans eventually?
I'm looking for books that discuss the above questions. I don't want the readings to be too dry and textbook like.
Thanks a bunch.
posted by iceman7
on Feb 23, 2008 -
Aumented Realityfilter- Please, Me-Fites give me your examples of films/video clips of humans with built-in H.U.D.s...? [more inside]
posted by Joe Rocket
on Feb 22, 2008 -
What literature anticipated future trends, but does not have a causal link? What did the literature anticipate?
I'm thinking of 1984/USA politics and Neuromancer/Internet
I'm looking for some good reading material about this subject; therefore, I'm looking for these literary instances, or even books based on this subject--including reference material, or websites.
posted by Knigel
on Feb 8, 2008 -
On the way to Henry's Market to buy the avocados for guacamole, I was listening to a story on NPR about the automobile industry's unwillingness to adopt stricter mileage standards at a time when gas is $100 a barrell yadda yadda.
There are plenty of examples of companies that are unwilling to adapt their business practices in changing times, like the recording industry's fiasco with peer2peer file sharing and drug companies' ip battles.
I imagine three hundred years in the future we will all be driving our garbage-powered plastic flying cars (or working at home) looking back on the time when oil was this hypervalued commodity and people were willing to kill other people over it and we will think how sad a time that was.
My question, then: Are there examples from the past of companies or whole industries that used to be in a situation similar to oil, big pharma, RIAA, etc. that are now less causing of worry among the general public than they used to be?
My roommate suggested railroads, and that makes sense to me. Any other examples?
posted by billtron
on Jan 13, 2008 -
What kinds of high-technology things
exist now but will only come to light 50 or 100 years from now? Speculative, but asking for concrete answers. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater
on Nov 30, 2007 -
I am searching for examples of The Infinite, or the immeasurably large, in our mythologies and archetypes. I am also interested in the categories of Truth which came out of the emergence of Western, ontological thought. Does the trust in a rationally conceivable reality deny us the infinity of the mythological realm? By rooting ourselves in the present, and denying atemporal mythologies, do we also deny the infinite origins from where we came? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Nov 28, 2007 -
Is Resfest coming back?? If not, what else is most like it (that has dates in NYC)?
posted by sparrows
on Nov 16, 2007 -
Where can I find the a photo of the Delorean from Back to the Future streaking off leaving a trail of flames behind it (and preferably with Dr. Emmett Brown standing behind looking dumbfounded)? [more inside]
posted by PWA_BadBoy
on Oct 29, 2007 -
How can I send e-mail with an attachment to a group of people, including myself, and set it to be sent out at a designated future time? More details and info inside. [more inside]
posted by jujube
on Oct 4, 2007 -
Help me compile a list of movies about the future! Specifically, I'm looking for movies that state the year when they take place. [more inside]
posted by Lirp
on Sep 24, 2007 -
Help me find a series of illustrated children's hardcover books from the 70s/80s about the upcoming technologies of "The Future" [more inside]
posted by Ryvar
on Jul 10, 2007 -
When I was a kid, my local library had a great selection of illustrated books focusing on the hypothectical future of space travel, life in space stations, space craft, planetary exploration. Some were pretty far out, but the most memorable were kind of "2001" in their theme and a bit more serious. After several google missions, and a swing through amazon's used and rare books, I've come up pretty much empty handed. Anyone else out there remember flipping through these books and planning your first trip to mars? Titles, authors, links or any hint what so ever would be appreciated!
posted by thehickmans
on Jul 6, 2007 -
I just graduated cum laude with a degree in Liberal Arts and a minor in Philosophy from CSU (thats Colorado State). Assume my primary motivation is simply to make as much money as possible as fast as possible, ethically (not damaging the environment, breaking any laws, selling shoddy products, no corruption, etc). What should I do? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac
on Jun 5, 2007 -
Please help me figure out a career. And help me move in that direction, before I finish my degree. ...alternately, help me find a job that would will look good on a resume in a few years! [more inside]
posted by Phyltre
on May 1, 2007 -
I recived my degree in psychology 4 years ago, rather than pursuing my masters or getting work experience directly related to psycholgy i chose to get a job in sales. I have done well and managed to pay back all my college debt(loans, credit cards). Now i'm at a point where i am burnt out from sales and I want to utilze my degree. The problem i;m running into is that most of the jobs require masters degrees(which i plan to get) or prior psyc related experience.
posted by Windell79
on May 1, 2007 -
I saw a guy with an olive green shirt that had several rifles lined up in silhouette on front. In the middle of the rifles was a pink silhouette of a guitar. The back left shoulder had a small badge that said "Music is the weapon of the future" on it. Where can I find this shirt for sale? The person wearing it said it was a gift and he didn't know where it came from.
posted by Addlepated
on Apr 12, 2007 -
My partner has just been caught for plagiarism. I don't know many details because she won't talk about it, but I want to know what effect this will have on her future. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 8, 2007 -
I'm about to graduate and have no clue about the options for my future, and no one to talk to about it. Help me get a clue. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000
on Jan 3, 2007 -
I think I'm finally done with undergrad. I have no interest in grad school right now. I don't want a career in my area of study. How does one go about finding a good apprenticeship/internship in an interesting trade? I've been going to school now for around 20 years and I've yet to learn a skill that I can earn a living with. [more inside]
posted by Telf
on Dec 20, 2006 -
I want to buy 20 acres in Canada so that I have a refuge and a windfall when the coming global apocolypse comes down, I'm ready. Where can I buy now that would be the best investment, esp. for not much money? [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer
on Dec 16, 2006 -
How long would it take for the Empire State Building to vanish without a trace? [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2
on Nov 16, 2006 -
Is there a word for missing something that hasn't happened? Yearning for a future that can no longer come to fruition?
Extra bonus points if there's something in another language (especially Ancient Greek!).
posted by sam and rufus
on Nov 6, 2006 -