futurism

The Medical Miracle Headlines Of The Future (From 1951)

On January 2, 1951, the Rex Morgan, M.D. comic strip featured a New Year’s greeting insisting to readers that time is measured by progress instead of simply by years. And it’s not a bad thought! But looking at the “headlines of the future” from 1951, one can’t help but be a little bummed out.


How Asteroid Mining Could Pay For Our First Space Colony

Many of us dream of living on other planets, but are two things we’ll need before it can actually happen: money and raw materials. Now some companies say they have a solution to this problem. They will mine asteroids for valuable metal ores, and for basic resources like water that we’ll need once we’re far from Earth.


Get Ready For Oculus Rift To Deliver A 'Christian Experience'

While some companies try to cash in with virtual reality porn, others are thinking about saving your soul. Most churches haven’t set up outposts in virtual worlds, but some future-focused Christian leaders are already imagining how tech like the Oculus Rift could change what it means to be part of a congregation.


An Air Conditioner That Follows You Around

When we last checked in with MIT’s Senseable City Lab, they were debuting a prototype heater that targets the exact space where you’re standing. Now, the lab has created a system that does the same thing — for cooling.


Mirrors Are Going Extinct

I’m willing to bet that in the near future, we will live in a world without mirrors. Yes, it sounds absurd. But hear me out.


These Are NASA's Coolest And Strangest Aeroplanes Of The Future

Most people don’t know this, but NASA doesn’t only work in exploring space. Its contribution to aeroplane technology — National Aeronautics and Space Administration — has been crucial to the development of safer, faster, more efficient travel. These are their coolest future concepts — some of which could enter service as soon as 2025.


Why Tracking Our Lives May Be Key In The Next Step Of Human Evolution

Our friend Jason Silva gives an interesting argument in this video: Rather than thinking that tracking ourselves — geographically and biologically — will inevitably result in our individual alienation and the ultimate slaving of humanity, he believes that it would help each and everyone of us to realise our full potential.


Are Insects The Future Of Food?

Emily Anthes braves locusts, beetles, mealworms and more as she asks whether eating insects is the answer to feeding ever more humans and livestock. At first, my meal seems familiar, like countless other dishes I’ve eaten at Asian restaurants. A swirl of noodles slicked with oil and studded with shredded chicken, the aroma of ginger and garlic, a few wilting chives placed on the plate as a final flourish.


8 Of The World's Coolest Skyscrapers Rendered Like 1980s Futurist Art

An increasing number of skyscrapers that line our horizons these days resemble the future we were promised: twisting pillars of glass and steel that stretch up into the clouds. When you glaze those buildings with some 1980s-inspired French futurism, however, they look simply surreal


9 Failed Designs That Would Have Changed Times Square Forever

Times Square is one big, incredible machine that has the sweet caress of capitalism to thank for its success as much as it does careful city planning. However, when the area was famously filthy in 1984, New York City contemplated a major intervention that would have changed the landscape of Midtown profoundly.