a crystal ball into the future
The Collapse of western Civilisation
By Naomi Oreskes and Erik M Conway Sci-fi written by two science historians, from the perspective of a historian living in China in 2393. It explores why humans, though repeatedly warned about the coming climate disaster, did absolutely nothing. Centuries from now, we’ll realise we got it all wrong.
The age of earthquakes
By Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist From Coupland’s Financial Times column: “We’re not really built for permanent high-speed change— accelerated acceleration. [...] It might be that we all wake up one morning and realise we’re not middle class or working class or anything...we basically just exist and the Internet makes it bearable.”
an optimist’s Tour of the Future
By Mark Stevenson “one thing I became very concerned about is when we talk about the future, we often talk about it as a damage and limitation exercise. That needn’t be the case—it could be a Renaissance.” Written by a stand-up comedian who travelled the world to explore what’s next.