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The new ‘Story Wars’: In this campaign, the Pessimists Party is battling the Optimists over the American self-concept

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 20:25:21 +0000

By Joel Garreau Optimism and pessimism about the future is the new political divide. It is the defining political conflict of the 21st century. Optimists and pessimists about the future […]

Thank You for Smoking – No Really

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 20:23:56 +0000

  Stop trying to slap that cigarette out of someone’s mouth and instead thank them for smoking.  Smoking may cause cancer, but smokers are telling us how to beat it. […]

Of Miracles & Monoliths

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 19:10:36 +0000

Humans. What defines us a species on this planet? To be fair, there’s really no one right answer. Love, friendship, law, government, war…answering with any or all of the above […]

Lessons Learned in How Not to Build an AI

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 19:20:13 +0000

Microsoft recently built a proto-AI “teen girl” bot, TayandYou, who became a horrific racist monster in hours, as you may know. The astounding thing is this multi-zillion-dollar company let it […]

My Brother is an Idiot

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 02:12:55 +0000

He’ll show up to the party late and talk a big game but then drink too much and promptly pass out in the shower with the water running. I don’t […]

Little Brother Knows Best

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 19:46:06 +0000

The Moon may hold the promise of unlimited safe energy on Earth and beyond.  We should all pay more attention to our little siblings. In my experience, they’re usually quieter, […]

“The Resistance”

Sun, 27 Dec 2015 14:30:10 +0000

A rag-tag but growing collection of Prevailists are beginning to fight back against a technological revolution that they see as having gone astray, according to this article in The Washington […]

DARPA Is Developing Tiny Implants That Trigger Self-Healing

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:13:35 +0000

What do you think? Are big Pharmaceuticals going to let this little neuromodulatory device break into their market – the human body and mind? Would you be more likely to […]

Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em: How Super Bananas may Just Save the Starving and the Overweight

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:41:31 +0000

Vitamin A has long been recognized as a major contributing factor to healthy skin and staving off infectious diseases – but can it cure type 2 diabetes? Can bio-engineered super […]

Amy Purdy May Feel “Only Human,” but Clearly She is So Much More

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:58:28 +0000

It’s not every day you see a piece about dance that includes the phrases: * ” ‘We have Wonder Woman in this room, I’m telling you!’ gushed Bruno Tonioli, one […]

Eat Your Carrots: How DARPA and the U.S. Military are Prevailing on Behalf of Soldiers’ Mental Health Care

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:13:59 +0000

I’ve got to tell you – when I hear “DARPA” and “US Military” in the same sentence, I tend to think two things: 1) Well, this is going to involve […]

Prevail and Progress

Thu, 06 Sep 2012 08:58:53 +0000

We try and stay out of partisan politics here at the Prevail Project, because nobody is right on the internet and everybody goes home with their feelings hurt. The Democratic […]

Why Decline to Accept the End of Man?

Mon, 03 Sep 2012 19:50:03 +0000

There are at least two clearly distinct ways of interpreting the word “end” in William Faulkner’s statement “I decline to accept the end of man.” “End” could mean something like […]

Six reasons why firefighters are the most respected profession, and what this means for politics

Thu, 05 Jul 2012 23:04:53 +0000

Science policy scholars huddled in brownstone buildings, occasionally on the verge of hyperventilation, frequently express disbelief that firemen are more admired and respected than professional scientists, especially in the United […]

Celebrating the Independence of Rip Van Winkle

Wed, 04 Jul 2012 18:48:02 +0000

Independence Day celebrates the discord of jangling souls with dissonant convictions airing a racket of reasons in the tumultuous din of democratic fora. It isn’t discord per se that is […]

Breaking News: Jaron Lanier Called to the Witness Stand in London to Discuss the Future of Hip-Hop Music

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:25:40 +0000

Tomorrow, Google is sponsoring a debate in London called “Hip-Hop on Trial” to consider the proposition that “Hip-Hop Doesn’t Enhance Society, It Degrades It.” The event will be streaming live […]

Pilobolus’ Seraph: Dances with Robots

Fri, 22 Jun 2012 09:08:30 +0000

Robot choreography! Now we’re talkin.

Rio +20 and the (UN)canny Future of Human Sadness

Tue, 19 Jun 2012 23:15:28 +0000

In 2011 Ray Kurzweil made headlines for pointing out that solar energy technologies had been subject to the Law of Accelerated Returns for the past two decades. “It is amazing […]

From Consumerism to Makerism with Neil Gershenfeld

Sat, 28 Apr 2012 00:04:16 +0000

MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld talks about the future of digital fabrication technologies via global Fab Labs. At the recent Emerge conference at Arizona State University, Neil’s brother Alan Gershenfeld coordinated […]

The Center for Science and the Imagination

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 01:15:02 +0000

Gentle Readers, For the past year, Arizona State University and best-selling science-fiction author Neal Stephenson have been working together on a plan to use science-fiction to reignite America’s ability to […]

Technological Determinism, Human Decisions

Sat, 14 Apr 2012 00:50:55 +0000

We’ve all heard the stories of inevitability: more and more transistors per square centimeter, with momentous leaps to new computing hardware whenever material capacity reaches its limit. While massively parallel, one-to-many molecular […]

The Most Astounding Fact (Neil deGrasse Tyson)

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 20:37:50 +0000

“The most astounding fact is that we are in this universe, we are part of the universe, and the universe is in us. My atoms came from those stars, and […]

EMERGE: Artists + Scientists Redesign the Future

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:52:58 +0000

Here at Prevail, we care deeply about the future. And a big part of caring about the future is caring about our collective images of the future, the questions that […]

The World Bank’s First Experiment in Online Gaming: Letter from the Front Lines

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 04:13:22 +0000

Prior to 2010, I did not consider online gaming a likely venue in which to witness state-of-the-art anti-globalization activism, 4th generational warfare, or organized resistance to global institutions. But then I participated in Jane McGonigal’s 2010 World Bank Institute collaboration, Urgent […]

Komen Backs Down on Planned Parenthood.

Fri, 03 Feb 2012 17:43:50 +0000

From the New York Times: The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation reversed its decision to cut funds for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood affiliates and apologized, saying […]

Drone Swarm

Fri, 03 Feb 2012 05:26:22 +0000

They’re everywhere! Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have done some amazing work with formation flying drones (make sure to check out the obstacle avoidance at the end). Smarter flying […]

Book Review: The Art of the Long View

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 17:38:23 +0000

I’ve been calling myself a futurist for the past five years, and for five years, I’ve been lying. But no longer, because I’ve read this book, which is every bit […]

Solving Traffic, One Motorist at a Time

Sat, 14 Jan 2012 06:50:47 +0000

I hate traffic, you hate traffic, we all hate traffic, but we can’t do anything about it because we are traffic. The conventional wisdom, at least, my conventional wisdom on […]

Mayor Bloomberg Will Learn How To Write Code In 2012

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 21:14:23 +0000

We all make New Year’s Resolutions, but Mayor Bloomberg is going beyond the standard promise to eat better and exercise more. As reported by TPM. New York City Mayor Michael […]

Will Joel Garreau & Jamais Cascio Prevail — Along With The Rest Of Us?

Mon, 02 Jan 2012 23:31:44 +0000

Cyberculture luminary R.U. Sirius has done a great interview with Joel and Jamais about the Prevail Project, and what we’re trying to accomplish. As Joel says, “Politics, in its most useful incarnation, […]