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 Thursday 10:20am

20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know

We live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new language to describe our civilization as it evolves. Here are 20 terms and concepts that you'll need to navigate our future. » 3/17/14 10:07am 3/17/14 10:07am

Her: The existential movie about post-singularity video games

Having finally seen Her, I'm surprised to find the distinct lack of chatter this film is generating among genre fans. This film takes an existential look at the (potential? inevitable?) singularity, and shows viewers the future of video gaming. Be warned, there be spoilers here (although not about the main plot). » 2/02/14 11:56am 2/02/14 11:56am

​The Worst Lies You've Been Told About the Singularity

You've probably heard of a concept known as the Technological Singularity — a nebulous event that's supposed to happen in the not-too-distant future. Much of the uncertainty surrounding this possibility, however, has led to wild speculation, confusion, and outright denial. Here are the worst myths you've been told… » 12/19/13 11:50am 12/19/13 11:50am

Roland Emmerich updates us on ID4 2, Singularity and (gulp) Foundation

James Gunn addresses some (but definitely not all) of the Guardians of the Galaxy casting rumors. Brian K. Vaughan previews Under the Dome season two. Check out a Carrie TV spot. Producer Andrew Kreisberg looks ahead to the new season of Arrow. Plus Supernatural, American Horror Story, and more. Spoilers ahoy! » 9/18/13 6:00am 9/18/13 6:00am

This Is What It Feels Like to Pass Through A Singularity

The government has an automated system to track your movements and monitor who your friends are. Our news comes from remote-controlled "drone reporters." There's a device in your pocket that can produce a sex partner for you at the touch of a button. Maybe the singularity just happened, and we didn't notice. » 6/28/13 1:00pm 6/28/13 1:00pm

Bruce Sterling Thinks Artificial Intelligence Has Jumped the Shark

Bruce Sterling wrote influential works like Schismatrix and Islands in the Net, plus he practically invented cyberpunk (with all due respect, of course, to William Gibson and Rudy Rucker). We are serious fans of his work. And if his recent comments about the potential risks of greater-than-human artificial… » 1/17/13 2:40pm 1/17/13 2:40pm

Vernor Vinge and Temple Grandin to speak at Singularity Summit 2012

The final list of speakers has been announced for Singularity Summit 2012, an annual futurist confab that brings together some of the world's leading thinkers on such topics as robotics, regenerative medicine, artificial intelligence, brain-computer interfacing, and of course, the Technological Singularity. And this… » 10/04/12 10:30am 10/04/12 10:30am

Upcoming Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies That Aren't Remakes,…

They're rebooting Spider-Man. They're remaking Total Recall. Sometimes, when you're in the middle of summer movie craziness, it can seem like every movie is based on an already-existing movie. But that's not really true — there are actually tons of genre movies in development that are new concepts, at least as far as… » 6/27/12 11:15am 6/27/12 11:15am

10 Weird Greeting Cards We'll Need in the Future

As time marches on, a lot of things about society change — but not the need to smooth social interaction with bland, valueless pleasantries. Hence the greeting card industry, which has thrived by printing bland sentiments on folded cardboard, decorated with pictures of kittens hugging. As we go forward into the future, … » 6/08/12 10:45am 6/08/12 10:45am

After the Singularity, heaven will be filled with pop-up ads

Taking cues from Jim Munroe's Everyone in Silico and Rudy Rucker's Postsingular, Tom Scott (previously) put together this deliciously twisted short animation Welcome to Life. Scott describes this film as "a science fiction story about what you see when you die. Or: the Singularity, ruined by lawyers." I'm loving the bit … » 5/14/12 8:15am 5/14/12 8:15am