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Speculative fiction/nonfiction about post-authoritarian-technocracy?

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."
posted by CheesesOfBrazil on Nov 25, 2016 - 10 answers

What are some futuristic consumer products you know?

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.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Sep 13, 2015 - 23 answers

Who are thought leaders fighting "coming changes" in law practice?

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]
posted by randomfan on Jul 1, 2015 - 10 answers

Italian Futurism quote about murderous art gangs?

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]
posted by es_de_bah on Mar 6, 2015 - 4 answers

And to those of you listening in the year 2100,

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]
posted by circular on Jan 31, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me find an old article about the potential uses of cameraphones

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]
posted by snarfois on Jan 12, 2015 - 4 answers

Beyond Google Glass: Good writings on Augmented Reality

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]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 4, 2013 - 11 answers

What will be the dominant influences on the world in the next 100 years?

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]
posted by StephenF on Jun 19, 2013 - 33 answers

Hardware outpacing our needs as people?

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]
posted by lattiboy on Mar 14, 2013 - 14 answers


Media featuring future dolphins? [more inside]
posted by solarion on Jan 7, 2013 - 23 answers

What do our fears for the future look like?

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]
posted by Edna Million on Nov 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Got any futuristic exploration or research concept websites?

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]
posted by circular on Aug 26, 2012 - 2 answers

What should 22nd century California be like?

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]
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Jun 14, 2012 - 29 answers

Help Me Find the World of Tomorrow, Today!

DesignFilter: I need examples of retrofuturism in art and design. Help Me Find the World of Tomorrow, Today! [more inside]
posted by rokusan on Feb 3, 2010 - 22 answers

Where's my jetpack?!

Is there a better word for this notion than "futurism?" [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Apr 28, 2009 - 18 answers

Historical art fiction

I'd really like to find some good historical fiction about modern art movements, scenes, or artists. [more inside]
posted by One Second Before Awakening on Feb 13, 2009 - 7 answers

I would like to know about the future of solar energy

I would like to know about the future of solar energy. [more inside]
posted by heylight on Jul 28, 2008 - 16 answers

What would Steve Austin have listened to?

Where can I find music with a positive perspective on robots, cyborgs, and the like? [more inside]
posted by spaceman_spiff on May 1, 2007 - 33 answers

The perfect industrial design book

I'm looking for a gift: the perfect book on industrial design for my brother. [more inside]
posted by Paragon on Aug 20, 2006 - 11 answers

Imagine all the people

DreamWithMe filter: What if everyone read science fiction? How would the world be different? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Apr 7, 2006 - 27 answers

Where can I find stories from the past about what now would be like?

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!
posted by wackybrit on Jul 12, 2004 - 20 answers

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