future

Exploring the future of science today, while looking back on the achievements from yesterday. Science fiction is science future.

DS Peters3 years ago
A Catalytic Life
I will awake as the sun rises just high enough to shine through my bedroom window and warm my face. The timer I have set to match the sunrise and automatically update with the changing seconds of ever...
Sarah Quinn3 years ago
The Sci-Fi Museum Lover's Bucket List
If you’re a true fan of science fiction, whether campy or classic, space opera or speculative fiction, Star Trek or Jules Verne, you probably can’t get enough of the worlds your favorite characters in...
Jacob Frommer3 years ago
Orwell's 1984 Was Optimistic
When George Orwell wrote his most famous, and last, novel, 1984, it was against a backdrop of rising fascist totalitarianism in Europe. Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Franco, all turned their respective d...
Dan Swindlehurst3 years ago
An Apple a Day Keeps the Algorithms at Bay
Stop right there. Yes, you. Stop! This is your future self, and I’m here to warn you. I can see what you’re doing, you’re reaching for that delicious chocolate bar aren’t you? Don’t do it. They’re wat...
New Words Were Needed
I spent the past semester teaching two separate courses— one on science fiction, the other on modernism— to some very bright high school students. Having expected to suffer some intellectual whiplash ...
Brian Switek3 years ago
Who Will Survive the Next Biotic Crisis?
While the next biotic event is probably not in the near future, fossil records clearly testify that extinction is an unavoidable fate for all species. The real question remains: what is left in the wa...
DS Peters3 years ago
Unasked Questions Concerning Artificial Intelligence
With more and more of our attention being drawn towards discussions on the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI), everyone is knocking on the doors of our pre-eminent physicists and tech experts (...
Chris Lites3 years ago
Why 3D Printing Will Change the World
1984, Orwell’s prophetic year of Big Brother, saw the release of the Mac which broke the idea that centralized control could ever be what it was before. That year also saw the first workable prototype...
Futurism Staff3 years ago
Ghosts Amongst the Stars
The old man sat on the rock near the top of the small hill as he had for many years now and watched the first stars begin to peek out of the deepening purple sky. The boy at his side, watched solemnly...
George Gott3 years ago
Freeman Dyson's Vision of the Future
Professor Freeman J. Dyson has been discussing mind-boggling concepts in a calm, matter-of-fact, one-should-expect way since 1956. 'One should expect that within a few thousand years of its entering t...
Chelsea Pullano3 years ago
Is Technology Making Us Dumb?
It won’t be long before computers can think faster and better than humans. Artificial Intelligence exists, and it is getting smarter at an incredible rate. As so many focus on how well machines can th...
DS Peters3 years ago
Liu Cixin's 'The Wandering Earth'
In Liu Cixin’s novella, The Wandering Earth, hope is a viscous substance clinging rather tenaciously to the remnants of humanity. At times, it seems as if this is the only theme running an even course...
Joseph Somers3 years ago
The Five Holy Wounds of a Second Coming
9:00 am –– Thursday, April 14th 2033 There wasn't any room for the light. It could echo and bounce with no destination beyond entropic, move along little light. Presenter understood this, he felt most...
Camille Navarro3 years ago
Breathe Free
“If you clench your teeth any tighter, they’re going to shatter.” Dory lifted her eyes from the computer screen to see her husband seated across from her, buttering his toast. “Sorry, I didn’t even he...
Jeff Love3 years ago
Future of Space Colonization Is Influenced by Artists and Scientists
Space colonization is an iconic and enduring facet of fantastic literature. Driven by expectation, bold prediction, and unrestrained post-industrial optimism, the notion was addressed by scientists as...
Ken Baumann3 years ago
Can Technology Help Mankind's Moral Compass?
Guide, like most new technologies, began in a billionaire's dream of reason. The PR-generated story of Guide's origin posited it as a passion project of Metra's cofounder and longtime CEO. Its aim was...
Futurism Staff3 years ago
3D Bioprinting is the Future of Transplants
Imagine a world where there was no organ donor waiting list. A world where you would be able to get the organ you needed straight from a printer. According to Quartz, a Philadelphia-based company, Bio...
Rich Lee3 years ago
Biohacking the Eye to See Infrared
I hate rainbows. Sure, they symbolize many positive things to different cultures: peace, sexual identity, a bridge to heaven. But I hate real rainbows. Every time I see one of those clown-colored frow...