A Chart Comparing Publication Dates To When A Story Takes Place

Randall Munroe has really outdone himself with today's xkcd. The infographic shows when a certain story was published and then compares that date to the length of time — either in the future or past — to when the story actually took or will take place. » 2/25/15 1:20pm 2/25/15 1:20pm

In 1976, Arthur C. Clarke Knew A Lot About Cell Phones And The Internet…

Vintage interviews of Arthur C. Clarke predicting the future of computing continue to surface. Here's one from 1976, just released by the AT&T Tech Channel, which contains even more spot-on description of what communications will look like in the future. As in, today. As in, internet and smartphones and maybe even… » 2/04/15 11:58am 2/04/15 11:58am

11 Ways The Future Could Turn Out Differently Than You Expect

Many of us, owing to an intuitive sense of where technological and social progress are taking us, have a preconceived notion of what the future will look like. But as history has continually shown, the future doesn't always go according to plan. Here are 11 ways the world of tomorrow may not unfold the way we expect. » 1/29/15 10:30am 1/29/15 10:30am

Bloomberg News asked foreign policy analysts, military experts and economists to identify the possible worst-case scenarios in 2015. Potential future crises include armed conflict in the South China Sea, the collapse of Nigeria and political upheaval in Saudi Arabia prompted by the death of 90-year-old King Abdullah. » 12/18/14 6:20am 12/18/14 6:20am

10 Diseases That Might Afflict Us In The Future

Today, humans suffer from a wide range of diseases and disorders that didn't exist in the past, a trend that will likely continue well into the future. Here are 10 unexpected and wholly unpleasant diseases we'll eventually have to contend with. » 12/04/14 10:07am 12/04/14 10:07am

Are We Overthinking the Dangers of Artificial Intelligence?

Futurists and science fiction authors often give us overly grim visions of the future, especially when it comes to the Singularity and the risks of artificial superintelligence. Scifi novelist David Brin talked to us about why these dire predictions are often simplistic and unreasonable. » 10/07/14 11:14am 10/07/14 11:14am

Why Is It So Hard To Predict The Technology Of The Future?

Attempting to predict the future is always a roll of the dice — even if we manage to correctly foretell where the winds will shift us, it is impossible to know what unexpected events will detour us on the way there. But what makes the technology of the future so particularly difficult to imagine? » 9/11/14 4:20pm 9/11/14 4:20pm

First Graders of 1988 Make Predictions for 2000

Kids are often some of the most interesting futurists. Their ideas about what tomorrow might bring usually include the most optimistic and far-out predictions of the culture. But they're also shaded by the fears and neuroses of their parents. The first grade class of 1988 was no exception. » 9/07/14 8:02pm 9/07/14 8:02pm

12 Futuristic Forms of Government That Could One Day Rule the World

As history has repeatedly shown, political systems come and go. Given our rapid technological and social advances, it's a trend we can expect to continue. Here are 12 extraordinary — and even frightening — ways our governments could be run in the future. » 6/12/14 10:02am 6/12/14 10:02am

How Popular Will Your Name Be In The Coming Decades?

Popular names comes and go like the wind, making it next to impossible to know which ones will endure or make a comeback. A new Baby Name Predictor attempts to solve this problem by determining which names will rise and fall in popularity over the next 25 years. » 5/12/14 6:40am 5/12/14 6:40am

All The Times Science Fiction Became Science Fact In One Chart

Not every science fiction story is meant to predict the future, but some of them have forecast future events with incredible accuracy. This timeline sketches out some of the most exciting examples of times that science fiction became fact. » 5/01/14 7:15am 5/01/14 7:15am

New Poll Shows The U.S. Is Extremely Confused About The Future

A recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center shows that the majority of Americans are optimistic about the future. But when asked about specifics, they demonstrated a pronounced nervousness about some of the most plausible and beneficial advancements. » 4/17/14 4:00pm 4/17/14 4:00pm

10 Futurist Phrases And Terms That Are Complete Bullshit

Last month we told you about 20 terms every self-respecting futurist should know, but now it's time to turn our attention to the opposite. Here are 10 pseudofuturist catchphrases and concepts that need to be eliminated from your vocabulary. » 4/17/14 10:20am 4/17/14 10:20am

Speculative timeline looks quadrillions of years into our future

Tomorrow may be impossible to predict, but the folks at BBC Future try peering 1,000, a million, and even 100 quintillion years into Earth's future to predict the changes to our world and our small corner of the universe. » 1/10/14 10:40am 1/10/14 10:40am

Sterling and Lebkowsky on why the world is in a state of WTF

As is tradition, Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky have kickstarted the new year by discussing the current state of the world. This year's edition is as insightful and acerbic as ever, touching upon such topics as the NSA, the emergence of "android demigod" Google, and why it's so hard to write scifi these days. » 1/08/14 7:40am 1/08/14 7:40am

Will 2014 prove to be the official start of the 21st Century?

Scifi author and futurist David Brin has penned a fascinating piece for Bloomerg in which he argues that the previous two centuries didn't really get going until their 14th year — and that 2014 could follow a similar pattern. » 1/02/14 4:00pm 1/02/14 4:00pm

These are the science stories to watch for in 2014

With the holiday season now officially over, it's time to look ahead and see what's in store for the coming year. Here are io9's most anticipated scientific and technological developments of 2014! » 1/02/14 9:00am 1/02/14 9:00am

50 years ago, Isaac Asimov predicted what 2014 would look like

Fifty years ago, the 1964 World's Fair got Isaac Asimov to thinking about just what 2014 would look like, and he wrote up his predictions in an essay for The New York Times. It's a mixed-bag that includes early forecasts of GPS, microwave dinners, and a dead-on summation of our relationship with robots ("Robots will… » 1/02/14 7:40am 1/02/14 7:40am

Is this the TV roster we'll see in 2014?

With 2014 literally around the corner, we've been making predictions about what the year ahead could bring. And, after peering deep into the darkness of our blank television screens, we have some ideas about just what we might see on TV in the next twelve months. » 12/31/13 4:00pm 12/31/13 4:00pm

Make a prediction about 2014!

What will 2014 bring? Will all our mail really be delivered by robots? Will the new Planet of the Apes finally deliver an image more iconic than Charlton Heston yelling at a statue? Do you have a prediction about what the year has in store for you personally? Tell us your predictions about the year ahead. » 12/31/13 7:00am 12/31/13 7:00am