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Category: Futures

Becoming Strange in the Long Singularity

A sudden increase in AI capability suggests a weirder world in our near future. I already know people who are training GPT on their own writings, and interrogating “themselves” to discover new insights. I have […]

Don’t Let Disney Monopolise A.I.-Generated Art

The indie artists suing Stable Diffusion may not realise it, but they’re doing the Mouse’s dirty work. Disney and the rest of Hollywood have been eerily quiet about the launch of Stable Diffusion, despite the […]

The Permaweird

Venkatesh Rao argues that there is no polycrisis, only nostalgia for an imagined present. Crisis theories (and names) are popular. Adam Tooze’s term polycrisis currently seems to be winning. Adam Elkus, coined a similar term, […]

Machine Learning And Deflationary Contagions

Here’s the most common question I get from members of the press, analysts, and others I talk to about generative AI: can you describe what impact this will have on my industry? Moore’s Law and […]

AI and the Big Five

This may be the beginning of the AI epoch, but even in tech, epochs take a decade or longer to transform everything around them. The story of 2022 was the emergence of AI, first with […]

The Fourth Age Of Programming

As flashy as Stable Diffusion and ChatGPT are, old heads know that the Robot Apocalypse has exactly one and only one horseman: computer programs that can write computer programs. Artificially intelligent machines can’t ascend to […]

This Year in Tech Felt Like a Simulation

This year in tech, too much happened and very little of it made sense, so we might just be at the whims of a random number generator. This year in tech, too much happened and […]

China’s New Space Station Opens for Business

The International Space Station is no longer the only place where humans can live in orbit. On Nov. 29, 2022, the Shenzhou 15 mission launched from China’s Gobi Desert carrying three taikonauts – the Chinese […]

Tim Berners-Lee: Web3 Is Not the Web

Berners-Lee said people too often conflate Web3 with “Web 3.0,” his own proposal for reshaping the internet. Tim Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web in 1989, said Friday that […]

Spider-Verse 2025: Streaming 24/7. No Reruns. Forever

What does the future of entertainment look like once the larger IP holders fully embrace AI content generation? Alongside the discrete cultural products made (at least in part) by humans — blockbuster movies, prestige TV […]

Techno-Optimism and the Rule-of-Threes

Historically, periods of mass flourishing are underpinned by technological revolutions. Currently, we are undergoing a technological revolution unlike anything the world has ever seen. We have evidence, hidden in plain sight, that the world is […]

The Futurist Equation: 2122

The futurist behind “Minority Report” explains 3 steps for predicting what comes next. It’s very easy to imagine how things go wrong. It’s much harder to imagine how things go right than to say, oh, […]

Will the World Ever Be Ready For a Linear Metropolis?

Saudi Arabia has unveiled designs for a futuristic megastructure in the desert. But it is an idea that has preoccupied the imaginations of architects – and megalomaniacs – for generations. The army of consultants commissioned […]

What Ever Happened to the Transhumanists?

The once-vibrant transhumanist movement doesn’t capture as much attention as it used to, but as an idea it’s far from dead. The internet most certainly gave rise to the vibrant transhumanist subculture, but the emergence […]

China and Russia On Track to Set Up Moon Base by 2036

In the next decade, an international coalition plans to build a lunar research station to transfrom humanity’s exploration and observation of the Moon. The planning phase is already underway, and it is going well. Construction […]

An Optimist’s Guide to the Future

Oded Galor’s Sapiens – like history of civilisation predicts a happy ending for humanity. But should we trust him? The influence of the “initial conditions” that shape societies’ development is what Oded Galor has been […]

It’s Africa’s Century – for Better or Worse

Asia gets the attention, but the real economic revolution is the inevitable growth of an overlooked continent. When Nigeria has a population of over 300 million its fortunes matter on the global scale. That population […]

The UAE’s Plan to Terraform Mars

The UAE’s Mars 2117 program, announced in 2017, claims humans will have liveable environments, and 60,000-strong colonies, on Mars within the century. “If we are going to dream about Mars, let’s not have a mediocre […]