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Last Build Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:30:17 +0000


Make technological utopia easier with this one weird trick

Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:30:17 +0000

Kevin Kelly’s “desirable-future haikus” thing on Medium is a great example of what I believe to be the standard blindspot of ICT-focussed futurists, in that they’ve forgotten that anything other than ICT could possibly matter or make a difference to the way we live. In a way, this points to a widespread and stunted understanding of […]


Sat, 04 Oct 2014 13:42:22 +0000

Staying untypically on-topic, the good folk at Rhizome are doing a series of future fictions under the banner Dystopia Everyday, using the software-dev format of the “user story”. The latest one is “Containers” by Adam Rothstein, and I commend it to your attention: I woke up at the chime, looked at the mobile. New work […]

The role of utopian narratives in urban futurism

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:09:27 +0000

So here’s a brief thing from Ramez Naam at Slate, where he argues in favour of dystopian futures as a valid counterbalance to the more purposefully utopian offerings contained in Neal Stephenson’s new Hieroglyph anthology: 1984 may be an example of a self-defeating prophecy. It was David Brin, one of the Hieroglyph authors, who first introduced me […]

If it works, it’s obsolete

Sun, 02 Feb 2014 15:24:16 +0000

There are some elephants in the room that Chairman Bruce would like to show to us. [Opening ceremony speech from transmediale2014]

A Viridian post-mortem, plus the rhetorics of futurity

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:54:38 +0000

“Three things make a post,” the saying used to go — so here’s three things. First up, my first solo paper (“The future’s four quarters: Proposing a quadrant methodology for strategic prototyping in infrastructural contexts”) has finally wended its way through the tangled corridors of the academic publishing system, and is now in press at […]