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Reads tagged with “futurism”

When Woman Is Boss: Nikola Tesla on Gender Equality and How Technology Will Unleash Women’s True Potential
When Woman Is Boss: Nikola Tesla on Gender Equality and How Technology Will Unleash Women’s True Potential

The legendary inventor predicts “the acquisition of new fields of endeavor by women” and “their gradual usurpation of leadership.”

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Buckminster Fuller Presages Online Education, with a Touch of TED, Netflix, and Pandora, in 1962
Buckminster Fuller Presages Online Education, with a Touch of TED, Netflix, and Pandora, in 1962

A prophetic vision for mobile, time-shifted, tele-commuted, on-demand education.

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How Much a Planet Costs: Astronomy, Economics, and the Trouble with Pricing the Priceless
How Much a Planet Costs: Astronomy, Economics, and the Trouble with Pricing the Priceless

“In our lives we all in some way contribute to this greater choice, either drawing our collective future down to Earth or thrusting it out closer to the stars.”

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Henry Miller on Art, War, and the Future of Humanity
Henry Miller on Art, War, and the Future of Humanity

“It is almost banal to say so yet it needs to be stressed continually: all is creation, all is change, all is flux, all is metamorphosis.”

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The Art of War: The Ancient Chinese Classic Adapted for Dystopia circa 2032
The Art of War: The Ancient Chinese Classic Adapted for Dystopia circa 2032

A graphic novel about heroism, corporate greed, and the convergence of Wall Street and Chinatown.

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Isaac Asimov on the Thrill of Lifelong Learning, Science vs. Religion, and the Role of Science Fiction in Advancing Society
Isaac Asimov on the Thrill of Lifelong Learning, Science vs. Religion, and the Role of Science Fiction in Advancing Society

“It’s insulting to imply that only a system of rewards and punishments can keep you a decent human being.”

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Why Science-Fiction Writers Are So Good at Predicting the Future
Why Science-Fiction Writers Are So Good at Predicting the Future

“At its core, good science fiction must rest on good science.”

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A Visual Timeline of the Future Based on Famous Fiction
A Visual Timeline of the Future Based on Famous Fiction

Proof that in the year 802701, the world will still exist.

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How Consciousness Evolved and Why a Planetary “Übermind” Is Inevitable
How Consciousness Evolved and Why a Planetary “Übermind” Is Inevitable

“There is no reason why this web of hypertrophied consciousness cannot spread to the planets and, ultimately, beyond the stellar night to the galaxy.”

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Einstein, Gödel, and the Science of Time Travel
Einstein, Gödel, and the Science of Time Travel

Meeting your future grandchildren in a rotating universe.

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