Looking Toward the Future

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The New Modernism: Blending Science, Engineering, Art, and Human Imagination David Brin, Great Philosophers, Tomorrow Will Be Better, Creativity And Innovation, Art Quotes, Philosophy, Engineering, This Or That Questions

The New Modernism: Blending Science, Engineering, Art, and Human Imagination

One might even envision the great Enlightenment Project - with its creative markets, science, democracy and so on - as boiling down to one thing, a rebellion against Zero Sum thinking. A two century campaign to become more than just the sum of our small victories and individual defeats.

Architecture, Micronational Ocean Home Cities Design: Ocean Home in The Middle of Floating City Futuristic City, Futuristic Architecture, Green Architecture, Amazing Architecture, Fantasy Landscape, Landscape Art, Floating House, Floating Cities, Floating Island

Seasteading: Some Problems on the way to Castle Sovereign

A blog about science, technology, science fiction, books, and the future.

We already live in the openness experiment, and have for two hundred years. It is called the Enlightenment — with 'light' both a core word and a key concept in our turn away from years of feudalism. Openness, Scientists, Flourish, Experiment, Core, Science, Concept, Key, This Or That Questions

In Defense of a Transparent Society

We already live in the openness experiment, and have for two hundred years. It is called the Enlightenment — with 'light' both a core word and a key concept in our turn away from 4,000 years of feudalism.

Survival of the Fittest Ideas: The New Style of War -- a Struggle Among Memes. A look at the fundamental ideas that wage war among civilizations. These include Paranoia, Machismo, the East and the Dogma of Otherness. Human Mind, Popular Culture, Survival, Politics, Mindfulness, Author, War, This Or That Questions, Future

Survival of the Fittest Ideas

Just like genes and computer viruses, memes are packets of coded information, but no longer contained in strings of molecules or software code. Rather than operating inside computers or living cells, memes take action inside human minds. Furthermore, these aren't just ordinary ideas. Like successful genetic codes, they must have the trait of making copies of themselves.

Probing the Near Future David Brin, Near Future, Good To Know, Hold On, Knowledge, Challenges, Entertainment, Fresh, Writing

Probing the Near Future

Quandaries of the near future will grow more intense as human cognitive powers expand in coming years. Memory will be enhanced by vast, swift databases, accessed at the speed of thought. Vision will explode in all directions as cameras grow ever-smaller, cheaper, more mobile and interconnected. In such a world, it will be foolish to depend on the ignorance of others.

Accountability for Everyday Prophets: A Call for a Predictions Registry David Brin, Success And Failure, Keep Trying, Awesome Stuff, Accounting, Track, Politics, Action, Facts

Accountability for Everyday Prophets: A Call for a Predictions Registry

Most efforts at prophecy seem to shrivel under close and skeptical scrutiny. It happens so consistently that one has to wonder humans keep on trying. Yet we do keep attempting to look ahead. In fact, the persistent habit of prediction may be one of our species' most salient traits.

What interests David Brin - as a citizen and futurist - is the success of Modern Civilization. It's not about 'left-vs-right' or 'morality' or any other Century cliche. The issue is Modernity and how to deal with a new century of change. David Brin, Culture War, Social Issues, Nonfiction, Nostalgia, Knowledge, Politics, Golden Age

The Real Culture War, Part 1: Defining the Battleground

What interests David Brin - as a citizen and futurist - is the success of Modern Civilization. It's not about 'left-vs-right' or 'morality' or any other 20th Century cliche. The issue is Modernity and how to deal with a new century of change.

CONTRARY BRIN: Envisioning the World of Tomorrow: a catalog of future-looking web sites World Of Tomorrow, Science Fiction, Catalog, Highlights, Technology, Website, Future, Books, Sci Fi

Envisioning the World of Tomorrow: a catalog of future-looking web sites

A blog about science, technology, science fiction, books, and the future.

What will tomorrow be like? Human beings are fascinated by the future. We project our thoughts into unknown territory, using the brain's talented prefrontal lobes to explore and envision, sometimes even noticing a few errors in time to evade them. David Brin, Far Future, Science News, New Technology, Destiny, Thoughts, This Or That Questions, Science Fiction, Highlights

The Odd Way We Design Our Destiny

What will tomorrow be like? Human beings are fascinated by the future. We project our thoughts into unknown territory, using the brain's talented prefrontal lobes to explore and envision, sometimes even noticing a few errors in time to evade them.

The Unlikeliness of a Positive Sum Society David Brin, John Locke, Welfare State, Winners And Losers, Karl Marx, Old Ones, Ruin, Economics, Leadership

The Relevance of an Old Nemesis - as Even Older Ones Return

A blog about science, technology, science fiction, books, and the future.

A Space Odyssey: Shining Light on How Far We've Come. The movie still shines some perspective on our time: a love-hate relation to technology, an ambivalence toward the notion of artificial intelligence. David Brin, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Question Everything, Taken For Granted, September 11, Astronauts, Artificial Intelligence, Popular Culture, Confident

2001: A Space Odyssey Shines Light on How Far We've Come

What does the title 2001 mean to you? Why of course, it's a movie! One that, remarkably despite its age, still shines some amazing sparkles of perspective on our time. I'd like to use it in that vein right now, to point out a few things about the surprising world we're living in. A world that's even more amazing than Arthur C. Clarke imagined.

Do We Really Want Immortality? David Brin, Hurdles, Olympians, Descendants, Grandchildren, Exploring, Let It Be, This Or That Questions, Future

Do We Really Want Immortality?

Here's the safest prediction for the next 100 years - that mortality will be a major issue. Assuming we don't blow up the world, or fall into some other catastrophic failure mode, human beings will inevitably focus on using advanced technology to cheat death.

David Brin's Questionnaire Regarding Certain "Fundamental Questions" of Politics, Ideology and Human Destiny David Brin, Taken For Granted, Essay Writing, Helping Others, 21st Century, Destiny, Exploring, Tired

DAVID BRIN's questionnaire regarding politics, ideology and human destiny

Will bitter ideological rifts dominate the 21st Century, as they did the 20th? Or might we shrug off some of the obsolete intellectual baggage we've inherited from past thinkers who (in fact) knew much less than we do now?

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (a review): History would seem to favor pessimists. In COLLAPSE, Jared Diamond shows how past cultures toppled, sometimes with little warning. He offers a guided tour of crashes and narrow escapes, ranging from Viking Greenland to the Anasazi peoples of America's southwest. Diamond surveys how modern societies are adapting to even greater perils. The lesson in a nutshell: learn from history, or risk repeating it. David Brin, In A Nutshell, Tour Guide, Book Review, Fails, Politics, Author, Future, History

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (book review)

A review of Jared Diamond's Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.

The Capitol from the Hunger Games. This quote is one of my favorites from Catching Fire on If you haven't already read this book then I hi. The Hunger Games: The Capitol Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Nova, Catching Fire, Optimism, Our World, Hunger Games, Book Design, Mists, The Twenties

Singularities and Nightmares

In order to give you pleasant dreams tonight, let me offer a few possibilities about the days that lie ahead — changes that may occur within the next twenty or so years, roughly a single human generation.

Horizons and Hope: The Future of Philanthropy David Brin, Achieving Goals, September 11, Confident, Old Things, Guns, Politics, Events, Culture

Horizons and Hope: The Future of Philanthropy

Is the world improvable by means of human intervention? The question can be debated endlessly on a philosophical level, but there is little argument over this basic premise within the community of those engaged in philanthropy. We share a common belief that vigorous investment and intervention can help humanity - and countless individual human beings - to achieve goals starting with basic necessities but extending to the limits of ambition.