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Like the sound of a bossy fork that tells you to slow down when you’re eat­ing too fast? Nei­ther did we, but it prom­ises to make you fit­ter, health­ier and hap­pier, so it might be worth the an­noy­ance. Turn to p.90. In the world of movies, the fu­ture was sup­posed to be way more ad­vanced than this. Take ‘Back to the Fu­ture Part II’ for ex­am­ple. Marty trav­els for­ward to 2015 and there he dis­cov­ers that we have a smor­gas­bord of fan­tas­tic in­ven­tions at our dis­posal. There are self-dry­ing clothes, self-lac­ing shoes and ev­ery­one has a fly­ing car. In ‘Blade Run­ner’ (the loose adap­ta­tion of Philip K. Dick’s novel), we dis­cover that by 2019, pol­lu­tion Self play­ing pi­anos have been bring­ing the joy of live mu­sic into homes and busi­nesses for a while now. But they’ve never been able to give con­cert pi­anists a run for their money. Un­til now. Dis­cover the Spirio on p.91. and over­pop­u­la­tion have trans­formed cities, and repli­cants – an­droids with ex­tra­or­di­nary strength who are vis­ually in­dis­tin­guish­able from hu­mans – live amongst us. The world has be­come darker and more sin­is­ter but off-world colonies prom­ise a bet­ter life. Plus, once again, we have fly­ing cars. To cor­rect the record and have a lit­tle fun with our Fu­ture Call­ing is­sue, we de­cided to scoure the Earth for the In much the same way that it’s re­defin­ing the map­ping of pub­lic space, Google is cre­at­ing a mas­sive digital ar­chive of hu­man cre­ative ex­pres­sion that’s re­defin­ing the pub­lic sphere of art spec­ta­tor­ship. See more on p.93. finest and most fu­tur­is­tic prod­ucts that are on sale to­day, or if not, then com­ing to mar­ket very soon. What we ended up with was an ar­ray of cool stuff from self-driv­ing buses and fly­ing boats to vir­tual mu­se­ums and ‘smart’ al­most ev­ery­thing. We might be fall­ing off the cliff in terms of ho­tel rooms (see page 95) but at least hu­man­ity isn’t do­ing as badly as many had feared. Wel­come to our Brave New World.

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