a crys­tal ball into the fu­ture

Esquire (Malaysia) - - MAN AT HIS BEST / MAHB -

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.

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