The thing about futuristic visions

June 15, 2007 at 4:27 am Leave a comment

With our industry being all nutty about trend-reporting, it is always fun when futurists take current trends and scale them into the future. Whether it is the personal helicopters we were to supposed to have by 1990 (according to some guy in the 50s) or the end of capitalism according to Marx, it rarely ends up happening, because trends are just trends. The future isn’t scaled by recognizable trends but by all the variables we cannot see, and the unchangable human condition itself.

(Although, come to think of it, Nostradamus was right about the village idiot ruling the earth after the death of the pope after the 2nd millenium). But anyway futurists make us think about the core currents and our motivations in them, and sometimes it can alert us to what could happen if we just scaled what we were doing now, no new variables added.

The following is such a futuristic vision:


Entry filed under: future, theory, Uncategorized, video.

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