predictions

Flash Boys Author Michael Lewis's Old Predictions For The Future

Author Michael Lewis is best known for uncovering hidden corners of our present, whether in baseball (Moneyball), the financial collapse (The Big Short) or high frequency trading (this month’s Flash Boys). But in the 26 September 1996 issue of the New York Times Magazine, Lewis took a swing at predicting the future.


10 Keating-Era Predictions For The Future That Were Pretty Damn Close

Remember 1996? Paul Keating was Prime Minister, we woke up early for Cheez TV, and Alanis Morissette was blowing up the charts with a fundamental misunderstanding of the word ironic. Simpler times, really.


This 1930 Song About 1992 Didn't Mention Kurt Cobain Even Once

In 1930, Arthur Fields and Fred Hall recorded a song about the futuristic world of 1992. And, if you can believe it, they didn’t mention a single grunge band. Not even once.


10 Technologies That Could Enslave Humanity

While humans continue to mould and shape technology, it’s just a matter of time before it starts moulding and shaping us too. This video investigates 10 current technologies that could go on to enslave us in the future.


1990: Pop Music Will Just Be Musical Orgies By 2010

Back in 1985 Tipper Gore testified in front of a Senate committee warning that children were being exposed to all kinds of naughty stuff in modern music. Sex, heresy and violence were destroying good old-fashioned Western values. Won’t somebody think of the children!


Every Real-Life Technology Star Trek Predicted

Most hardcore science fiction fans will brush Star Trek off as being just another ‘space opera’, but all of that drama takes place alongside some wonderful technology.


Sub-Light Colonisation Of The Galaxy Is Possible... It'll Just Take 50 Million Years

Unless technology advances at semi-magical speeds within the next century, it’s unlike any of us will be around a million years from now. Or even 1000 years. That doesn’t mean we can’t have a go at predicting just how crazy humanity, Earth and even the universe will be by then.


14 Design Trends For 2014

Just as we did a year ago, I’m kicking off 2014 with a list of design trends I expect to gain ground over the next 12 months. The world of interactive design is an extreme fluid in terms of what’s determined as a staple of good design from year to year.


Your Favourite Futurist Is Wrong

Nobody knows the future. This may seem like an obvious statement, but it bears repeating. Nobody knows the future.


The Inspector Gadget Tech That Ended Up Becoming Real

Back when many of us were still kids and many more had yet to even be twinkles in our mothers’ uteri, Inspector Gadget was the apotheosis of all of technology’s promises — many of which, it turns out, came true. Vanity Fair has compiled a wonderful collection of those gadgets of the inspector’s that were particularly prescient.