Technology has proved it can transform the world overnight — so why…

Is optimism just a crazy notion, or does technological innovation totally justify our faith? In the comments on our article about optimistic stories that could still come true, commenter Corpore-metal points out some of the ways that technology has transformed the world — even if we're never going to have a utopia. » 10/27/11 11:40am 10/27/11 11:40am

Terminator And Star Trek Are The Yin And Yang Of Time Travel

Click to viewStar Trek and Terminator often feature the same time-travel story: someone journeys back in time from the future. The only difference is, in Trek, our heroes are usually arriving from a shining paradise, while the Terminator franchise always shows people fleeing the shattered ruins of Earth. Whether they… » 7/03/08 5:45pm 7/03/08 5:45pm

What Utopian Scenario Will Totally Come True Soon?

Everybody's sick of dystopian futures and bleak predictions. Whatever happened to science fiction's tradition of sunny optimism and can-do cheerfulness? Just because our population is exploding, our consumer economy is dependent on the waning availability of cheap oil and our oceans are dying, is no reason to be… » 2/22/08 12:00pm 2/22/08 12:00pm