What ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Tells Us About the Future of Sex

Blade Runner 2049 warns us of a future of artificial humans and artificial sex—but that reality has already begun. The movie premiered last weekend to great critical acclaim. And although many of the reviews focused on its vision of a dystopian future, it also offers a bleak commentary on the state of relationships and sex … Continued


Is Everything About to Vanish In The Cloud?

There’s an ongoing debate about whether we should be scared of technology. Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows, recently extended that question in an interesting way: Should we be afraid of what the Internet does to cultural memory? Carr makes a great argument: Because memory is not just a mental phenomenon but is also tied … Continued


Is the Future of Fashion a Dress that can Tweet?

In a recently-opened exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, designers of so-called technological style showcased the future of fashion, including “clothes that respond to the environment, dresses you can tweet, and garments that come off a 3-D printer ready to wear.”  Such innovations in #techstyle are “poised to have a profound impact on the … Continued

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How Do You Want to Live? A Classic Dystopian Novel Offers Some Answers

Each summer during the 1950s and 60s, my grandparents would pack up their four kids in Tarrytown, New York, and begin the long drive north over the Canadian border into rural Quebec. For my grandfather, this time was a blessed annual break from installing backseats on the General Motors assembly line. For both grandparents, it … Continued


Fear, Loathing, and Artificial Intelligence

Recently in the Washington Post, Joel Achenbach wrote a long and very smart piece of reporting on the state of Artificial Intelligence doom mongering. The short version goes something like this: Science fiction writers have been worrying about the possibility that Artificial Intelligence (AI) could bring about a cataclysm since the 1950s, when computers barely … Continued

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We’ve Finally Made it Back to the Future

The future is now, literally. Today, October 21, 2015, is precisely the date on which Doc Brown and Marty McFly arrived in Hill Valley after travelling 30 years into the future to carry out an ill-fated, time-altering mission in Back to the Future Part II. It’s one of those films that most sentient beings have … Continued

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