Showing posts with label future. Show all posts
Showing posts with label future. Show all posts

Monday, November 08, 2010

Map Of The Future

John Maeda

John Maeda

"Map Of The Future" for HUO. What we can always count on is simply more of the same.

Monday, August 20, 2007

The next big thing will be lots of little things: US

"a flowering of ways in which non-hierarchical approaches contribute to the quality of life at local level." read ON

Friday, June 08, 2007


A team from MIT has experimentally demonstrated an important step toward accomplishing futuristic vision of wireless electricity. The MIT team refers to its concept as "WiTricity" (as in wireless electricity). Via themorningnews

Monday, May 14, 2007

Plan B for Outer Space

'the time has come let go of last century's space dreams and start working toward a more contemporary future' sais Russell Saunders, Jr.

via centauri-dreams

Io, a moon of Jupiter. photo via kinetikonpictures

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Electromagnetic skyscrapers

Joseph Cory Geotectura Fictional Prototype 2006

This design for Tokyo utilises electromagnetic fields, generated by photovoltaic cells embedded in the sides of the structures, allowing “infinite vertical and horizontal expansions due to the final liberation from gravity”. Wind turbines and water recycling systems will allow the ‘cubes’ to be completely self-sufficient. via kuipercliff

Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Sheets of plastic that fold into tiny pyramids, boxes and spheres when water is added have been created by French researchers. They think the technique could one day be used to mass-produce the microscopic 3D components used in found inside many different devices from printers to medical sensors.

José Bico and colleagues at the École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI), in Paris, together with a team from the Paris Institute of Technology have shown that water droplets can be used to make flat shapes fold up to create more complex 3D structures. read on


Monday, April 09, 2007

Rotating City

It looks like some vintage science fiction dream come alive, or some kind of attempt to re-animate one of Calvino's invisible cities, yet"High Rise" company clearly believes that dreams can be built and it has quite a portfolio of unique buildings to prove it (some already built in the fairy-tale environment of Dubai).

"The Rotating City"in Dubai is a new concept in urban planning, with floating and "flying" villas on the water, and where every building rotates and faces different environments according to the owner's wishes, Flying Wedding Halls and more.

via thrillingwonder and via thingsmagazine

Thursday, March 15, 2007

'The big question'

Prospect Magazine {March 2007 issue} asked 100 writers and thinkers to answer the following question: Left and right defined the 20th century. What's next? almost nobody expects the world to get better in the coming decades, and many think it will get worse. well, not suprising isn't it?


illustration by fudgefactorycomics


Pervez Hoodbhoy, scientist:


Global and national politics will turn simple and Hobbesian in 50-70 years. In the interim, energy hunger will drive the US and European countries to squeeze out, and steal, the last drops of oil from under Muslim sands. As bridges between Islam and the west collapse, expect global civil war and triumphant neo-Talibanic movements circling the globe. Should a few western capitals be levelled, Muslim capitals will be randomly nuked in retaliation. The old planetary order is condemned to die. But the human spirit may yet prevail, and a new and better one may emerge.

. Julian Evans, writer and critic:

The next hundred years will be a battleground between spirit and technology. The imperialist reach of technology is already global in ways that large sections of humanity, not least Islamist extremists, are hostile to. But it is not just terrorists who will be against the west’s technological and economic hegemony. Democratic citizens will voice increasing unease at an empire of innovation that dumps its products on every street and its garbage sacks in every corner of the planet. So political battle lines will be drawn between ideologies of spirit-expressed in everything from Islam and other religious faiths to eco-campaigning-and ideologies of technology, mostly in its economic formulations. One truism of the west is that we could all do with less. Somewhere in the psychological territory the two sides will be fighting for, there will be the warring instincts of those who believe we find our identity, as well as our deepest pleasure and harmony, in intimacy and relationships, with nature as much as each other, and of those who obtain their satisfactions in the desire-based, individualistic life-support systems sold to us by technology.

. Meghnad Desai, economist:

Left/right, north/south, east/west are dead. Politics will be global and/or personal. What little the state will be asked to do—mainly local issues-it will fail to do. People will devise their own solutions, however imperfectly. They will move across borders and create the preconditions of a global polity, not as a behemoth but as a beehive.

. Brian Eno, musician:

Real life vs virtual life


Some people will spend more and more of their time in virtual communities such as Second Life. They will claim that their communities represent the logical extension of citizen democracy. They will be ridiculed and opposed by “First Lifers,” who will insist that reality with all its complications always trumps virtual reality, but the second-lifers in turn will insist that they live in a world of their own design and therefore are by definition more creative and free. This division will deepen and intensify, and will develop from just a cultural preference into a choice about how and where people spend their lives.


Anthony Giddens, sociologist:


“The future isn’t what it used to be,” George Burns once said. And he was right. This century we are peering over a precipice, and it’s an awful long way down. We have unleashed forces into the world that it is not certain that we can control. We may have already done so much damage to the planet that by the end of the century people will live in a world ravaged by storms, with large areas flooded and others arid. But you have to add in nuclear proliferation, and new diseases that we might have inadvertently created. Space might become militarised. The emergence of mega-computers, allied to robotics, might at some point also create beings able to escape the clutches of their creators. Against that, you could say that we haven’t much clue what the future will bring, except it’s bound to be things that we haven’t even suspected. Twenty years ago, Bill Gates thought there was no future in the internet. The current century might turn out much more benign than scary. As for politics, left and right aren’t about to disappear—the metaphor is too strongly entrenched for that. My best guess about where politics will focus would be upon life itself. Life politics concerns the environment, lifestyle change, health, ageing, identity and technology. It may be a politics of survival, it may be a politics of hope, or perhaps a bit of both.