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Designing A SkyMall Catalogue For The Near Future

The future will be — get ready for it — normal. That’s the striking and entirely non-boring vision presented in TBD Catalogue, which you might describe as a fictional SkyMall catalogue from 2024. There are no dramatic utopian or dystopian predictions in this slim, blue volume, but it does contain a bizarre and fascinating reflection of the technology of today.


Questions For The '90s: Should Robots Pay Taxes? Can Africa Be Saved?

The March-April 1986 issue of The Futurist magazine looked at the far off, futuristic decade of the 1990s. In an article titled “Issues for the 1990s”, Edith Weiner and Arnold Brown examined what they saw as the emerging concerns of the world. Well, the world as seen from 1980s America.


This Short Film Would Be Fun If It Weren't So Close To Real Life

Video: The creators of this Shelved – director James Cunningham and eleven visual effects students at the Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand — say their short film a homage to movies like Clerks, Mallrats, Slacker, and Dazed and Confused. After watching these two robotic losers in action, I can see why.


A Brief History Of Scientists Hunting For Time Travellers

Time travel is possible — or at least a lot of serious physicists say so. It’s probably not possible to pull it off in a souped-up Delorean, but there are wormholes, Tipler cylinders, and other Einstein-inspired theories for how it could work. Which raises the question: Why haven’t we met any visitors from another time?


Short Film: Machines Keep On Fighting A War Even Though Everyone Is Dead

Here’s an uncomfortable vision of the future that will make your soul tremble a little bit: what if we built automated machines to fight our wars for us? What if those machines killed everyone on the planet? And what happens when the war is over and everyone is dead but those machines are still programmed to fight?


Music Video: A Futuristic Dystopian World That Is Not Too Far From Ours

This music video for the song Function/Void by British musician The Bug (aka producer Kevin Martin) features a dystopian futuristic world that is literally falling apart — like the life of the sad and lonely humans that inhabit it.


This Animation Short Is More Creative Than Most Sci-Fi Movies

It starts ominously. A robot spacecraft flies into a planet’s atmosphere and embeds itself into the ground. Scouts are sent off to test the planet’s resources and presumably suck the planet dry. I’ve seen this movie about robot uprisings and the hijacking of Earth too many times. Luckily, this short isn’t one of them.


The Futuristic Jets, Humans And Star Wars Designs Of Stephen Chang

Stephen Chang tells me he loves to think about how the future will weave technology into humans. He has done a lot of cool art so far and I’m sure he’ll get far. If he doesn’t, that’s fine: He got his design for the Rogue Shadow ship — from the game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed — turned into an official Lego set.


This Video Clearly Explains How Robots Have Already Taken Over Our World

If you think it’s just a joke that robots are going to replace humans, it’s not. It’s going to happen. In fact, CGP Grey explains in ‘Humans Need Not Apply’ how it’s already happening around us right now. You might not notice it but you will after you watch how we’re following historical patterns towards obscurity.


This Australian Video Is A Satirical Glimpse Of Earth's Dystopian Future

Video: Made by Duncan Elms, this video imagines a future where Earth has been ravaged by wars, cyclones, food shortages, destructive weather and horrible humans and turned into areas of uninhabitable zones. And yet cities would still make bids to host the Olympic Games, even if they’re during a nuclear winter.


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