I find myself wondering if the rise of global authoritarianism might be deeply—like, inextricably—connected to the maturing nature of technological surveillance, or perhaps just global telecommunications more generally. Since I'm probably not the first person to think about this, I'm curious what stories, novels, long-form articles, or other analyses (fiction or nonfiction) are out there that focus on speculating/extrapolating what happens after the age of the authoritarian panopticon. Bonus points for plausibility; not really looking to get too "far-out."
I am looking for futuristic everyday consumer products that are the result of advanced research and development. Like stuff made for space travel, or extreme environments and situations, e.g. the Fisher Space Pen, highly functional workout clothes, Soylent, etc. Basically products that makes you think you're living in the future. Industry doesn't matter.
Huge economic forces ("disruptive technology" perhaps skirting state-by-state regs, venture capitalists, for-profit and failing law schools) are pushing massive changes for the practice of law in the United States, such as an end to state-by-state Bar admissions (national bar exam, reciprocal bar admissions), non-lawyer ownership of law firms (Wal-Mart law, or whatever), "limited representation" (implications too long to discuss). Who are the philosophical or even business thought-leaders urging lawyers and Bar organizations to oppose these changes? [more inside]
A strange and learned young comedian once told me about a famous Futurist artist who professed that the best way to die was to be be killed by rival artists in the streets of a hyper-competitive future, or some such. He was most certainly paraphrasing. Anyone have a clue who he was talking about and what was actually said? [more inside]
Are there any audio or video clips available from the 20th century in which people speak directly to those of us living in the future? Or people in the even more distant future than now? [more inside]
I'm looking for an article / blog post from the early 2000s. At the time, mobile phones with cameras were just starting to appear at tech shows, and many people had a "why do I need a camera in my mobile phone?" response. The writer sketched some scenarios in which such devices would be useful, which were very novel at the time. [more inside]
I want to read about Augmented Reality. Tech developments IRL; techno-utopian / transhuman dreams, and hard-fought aspirations; and any sci-fictional dystopian nightmares you know of. [more inside]
A friend and I were discussing the fact that to have a reasonable understanding of the present-day developed world, it's useful to understand concepts from computer science and engineering to have an idea of how the internet works, how machine learning works and so on. What will be the most important fields and areas of knowledge of the next century? [more inside]
Is there any interesting work around the idea of hardware outpacing software or our devices becoming kind of "perfected" to almost everybody? Basically, the end of the "spec sheet race".... [more inside]
Media featuring future dolphins? [more inside]
FindThatCartoonFilter: Can you help me find an image illustrating how we used to imagine the future vs. how we now imagine the future? [more inside]
I'm looking for "what-if" websites that combine words, imagery, and other media to project cool science or exploration concepts onto the web. Two examples I have are here and here although I'm open to more than just Mars exploration stuff. [more inside]
I'm writing a series of time travel novels. Since my first one is scheduled to be published in November, I've been debating what my next one should be. One idea I have is for a young woman in San Francisco or Los Angeles to find herself 100 years in the future (in 2110 or so), but I need some help imagining a realistic future. [more inside]
DesignFilter: I need examples of retrofuturism in art and design. Help Me Find the World of Tomorrow, Today! [more inside]
Is there a better word for this notion than "futurism?" [more inside]
I'd really like to find some good historical fiction about modern art movements, scenes, or artists. [more inside]
I would like to know about the future of solar energy. [more inside]
Where can I find music with a positive perspective on robots, cyborgs, and the like? [more inside]
I'm looking for a gift: the perfect book on industrial design for my brother. [more inside]
DreamWithMe filter: What if everyone read science fiction? How would the world be different? [more inside]
I'm looking for a story written in Victorian times, which was basically the author predicting what everything would be like in the 1990's. I think it was in Project Gutenberg, and it had funny predictions such as that we'd all have wires going from our houses to local concert halls so we could listen to the 'latest music' in every room! This story has eluded me for some years now, and I want to read it again. And to avoid this becoming a useless 0 answer question, if anyone can recommend any other notable old stories or books which try to guess what the future would be like, this is the ideal place!