Two different parts of the brain help us picture what’s ahead. By B. DAVID ZARLEY When it comes to imagining the future, people are… not great. Consider the past year: despite the world’s long history of devastating pandemics, most of the world had no pandemic preparedness plan. Or, more lightheartedly, consider what WIRED’s Paul Ford found in his copy of 1980’s The Book of Predictions. Some, sure, were shockingly close (a prediction about Bitcoin, for instance), but most of the book is “a special, concentrated kind of wrong.” The Bitocin Nostradamus also foresaw Minneapolis becoming America’s new national capital by 1999. Why do we go … Continue reading What Happens When Your Brain Imagines the Future?
Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN Picture a sunlit modern interior built from light wood, where private apartments open up into airy communal spaces. Residents organize their social activities and hobbies in groups, connecting over shared interests. They meet regularly to vote on community rules. If you are elderly or a new parent — or simply lonely — there is always someone around for support.This way of living may sound like an impossible utopia, but some are already experiencing its potential. “What We Share. A model for cohousing” is a concept for a housing project designed by founding architects Siv Helene … Continue reading These architects believe communal living is the way of the future
Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project Waking Times As TFTP reported in August of last year, police officers in Michigan were equipped with “Smart Helmets” which allowed them to remotely scan passengers for symptoms of COVID-19. While this was widely accepted by many because of the massive fear campaign pushed on society by the mainstream media, thanks to leaps and bounds in artificial intelligence, detecting fever was only a small portion of what the helmets can do and the rest of its function is solely reserved for the police state. The Smart Helmet is not limited to temperature body scans which any laser … Continue reading MICROSOFT PRESIDENT WARNS 2024 WILL LOOK LIKE ‘1984’ IF WE DON’T STOP AI POLICE STATE
Modern windmills. Image courtesy of Pexels/Pixabay By John Carey There’s a recent phenomenon in which smart people, mostly white men, parachute down from a higher plane to tell us mere mortals the truth about fighting climate change. Colorfully dubbed “first-time climate dudes” by journalist Emily Atkin of the newsletter Heated, they invariably offer some version of doom and gloom, whether it’s Bill Gates calling any attempt to rapidly reduce greenhouse emissions to near zero “a fairy tale”, or novelist Jonathan Franzen proclaiming in the New Yorker that we must “accept that disaster is coming.” Sorry, climate dudes, but I think you’re dead wrong. Wrong too is John Kerry, … Continue reading Why Bill Gates and John Kerry are wrong about climate change
BY CHRIS TAYLOR Turning 40 can be a fraught experience at the best of times. But spare a thought for millennials, the baby-boomer-sized generation that demographers generally define as beginning in 1981. Not only are their elders now reaching the big four-oh in the wake of a global pandemic, with a financial crisis to match the one that hit in their late 20s. But to add insult to injury, a viral Medium post this week described them as “geriatric millennials.” That’s not the right term, of course. The older cohort already has a name, “Xennials;” the word “geriatric” usually refers to … Continue reading Millennials are entering a decade of despair. Here’s how they can prepare.
Elon Musk wants to engineer Mars’ atmosphere. Can he? BY BRIAN GALLAGHER It seemed inevitable that Elon Musk would eventually get into a Twitter war over whether Mars can be terraformed. When you’re on Twitter, he told Businessweek in July, 2018, you’re “in meme war land.” “And so essentially if you attack me,” he said, “it is therefore okay for me to attack back.” Musk, the CEO and lead designer of SpaceX, wants to “make life multiplanetary,” starting with Mars. “Public support for life on Mars is critical to making it happen,” he tweeted last week. The red planet is relatively close to … Continue reading Should We Terraform Mars? Let’s Recap
10th May 2021Myths and fables passed down over thousands of years are full of fantastic creatures and warring gods. But they also might contain evidence of environmental disasters of the past. By Mark Piesing For those affected, it could seem like the end of the world. Residents of Stinson Beach, a popular tourist destination near San Francisco, are coming to terms with studies that show large parts of their neighbourhood will be under a foot of water in less than 20 years. The affluent are able to build homes on raised foundations and afford expensive sea defences that will hold the … Continue reading The myths that hint at past disaster
A surprisingly small population could save our species. By Patrick Pester – Staff Writer From all-out nuclear war to a giant asteroid strike, it’s not hard to imagine ways human life on Earth could abruptly end. But assuming there are some survivors, how many people would it take to keep our species going? The short answer is, it depends. Different catastrophes would create different doomsday conditions for surviving human populations to endure. For example, a nuclear war could trigger a nuclear winter, with survivors facing freezing summer temperatures and global famine, not to mention radiation exposure. However, putting some of these conditions aside and focusing on … Continue reading What’s the minimum number of people needed to survive an apocalypse?
By FLINDERS The global population could reach 10 billion by 2050; explosive population growth is contributing to a broad array of other challenges for the planet. The state of the planet is much worse than most people understand and that humans face a grim and “ghastly future” unless extraordinary action is taken soon. A loss of biodiversity and accelerating climate change in the coming decades coupled with ignorance and inaction is threatening the survival of all species, including our very own, according to the experts from institutions including Stanford University, UCLA, and Flinders University. The researchers state that world leaders need a … Continue reading Experts Say Humanity Faces a Grim and “Ghastly Future” – State of Planet Is Much Worse Than Most People Understand
By Rima Sabina Aouf Mic is celebrating Earth Day with an entire week of stories. Over the next few days we’ll be rolling out pieces on hyper-urban farming, the future of construction, the catastrophic environmental costs of the dreaded gender reveal, an optimistic imagining of a meat-free world, and much more. All of the stories will be cataloged here, along with the rest of our environmental coverage. If architecture in 2021 is any indication, future skyscrapers might have less in common with the Empire State Building than they do with the 1,300-year-old Hōryū-ji temple in Japan. Its five-story pagoda is one of the oldest standing wooden … Continue reading The skyscrapers of the future will be made of wood