Posts tagged with ‘futurism’
Arthur C. Clarke, Hazards of Prophecy
(via Frinkiac 7 and computers of the future - Matt Groening)
Popular Mechanics 1949, ‘Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons’ http://d.pr/PxHt
an excerpt from Joe Berkowitz’ piece, How Margaret Atwood Creates Scary-Plausible Worlds• Breakfast can take you quite far •
This may sound silly, but I like to wonder what people would have for breakfast—which people, as their breakfasts would be different—and where they would get those food items, and whether or not they would say a prayer over them, and how they would pay for them, and what they would wear during that meal, and, if cooked, how, and what sort of bed they would have arisen from, and what else they might be doing while having the breakfast—talking to someone (who), in person or on a device (what?), and who would be allowed to do that, and what they might feel safe in saying. Breakfast can take you quite far.
Kaika and Swyngedouw, in the deliciously titled “Fetishizing the Modern City: The Phantasmagoria of Urban Technological Networks" (2000)
No free market, no open society, no democracy is truly fully transparent. For them to function, there is a certain amount of opacity, of black box, of immateriality, if you will. There has always been our known world, and a clear place where there be dragons.
Now, the gears, the algorithms, the processes have become the machine itself. While we were sleeping, while we were occupied with growing the network, creating connections, (and in some cases protecting our position and privilege) the machine has become its own reality, or, at best, a tool of other realities. We are happy to quantify ourselves, but don’t expect to be quantified by others. Citizenship is considered our opt-in to be measured, monitored, and watched over by infrastructure. Bridges, books and glasses increasingly have rights now, but we have fewer. We’ve ticked the box on the end user license agreement that says someone else can now own our measurements and personal geometry.
So we face a question: Is this still flat plane on which we seek to build? Or have the spikes in our spiky world become bubble-realities of their own? The so-called scandals of overreach we find so abhorrent are actually the shape of ghost infrastructure we’ve allowed to be built, its operators the defenders of a separate set of rules. Is this our world warped, or is it something else, or many other things?
Can we still own, control, manage these infrastructures, or these superstructures as they’ve become? Do we have any way of seeing into, much less tune, the formulae inside these black boxes? How do they see us? How do we render to them? Have we lost control of them, and can we ever gain a view into them?
Is all of the rhetorical discussion of innovation also now bent in service to these infrastructures? Who is going to innovate and create futures for us? Where do our reality building tools come from? What does this mean for culture? For creativity? Is it about wrestling the one reality we’ve always thought we operated under, and shaping its contours, or about trying to discover and/or the shape of new ones?
Scott Smith, Recalibrating Reality
Scott Smith chaired a panel called Reality Check at the recent Improving Reality 2013, which I am sorry to have missed. Some other samples:
We are excited to reveal that our media partner for Improving Reality 2013 is Arc. Arc was created by the makers of the New Scientist, and has emerged as one of the most exciting forums for writing about the near-future, science and science fiction. Arc will be sending a group of correspondents to the conference to capture the discussions. Their editor, Simon Ings will also be contributing as a moderator.
18.09.13 – Web Designer and Artist Natalie Kane blogs about Improving Reality 2013 for Medium
03.09.2013 – Improving Reality speaker Paul Graham Raven’s blog for Arc on our relationship to infrastructures
02.09.2013 – Improving Reality speaker Georgina Voss’s blog for Arc on the political future of food
02.09.2013 – Improving Reality speaker Tobias Revell’s blog for Arc on building worlds
21.08.2013 – Arc interview Lighthouse’s Artistic Director Honor Harger about Improving Reality and announce an exclusive ticket giveaway
John Goldthorpe, Theories of Industrial Society: Reflection on the Recrudescence of Historicism and the Future of Futurology
Doug Randall and Chris Ertel, Moving Beyond The Official Future