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An Era of Unprecedented Disruption

In May, I had the chance to interview Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse. A historian and former president of Midland University in Nebraska, Sasse was elected to the Senate in 2014. Our conversation covered a wide range of topics from the impact of automation to the technological revolution in agricultural to education reform to the challenges […]

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Isaac Newton Says You Can’t Have a Flying Car

It has been the lifelong dream of many a young scientist, engineer, and science-fiction fan, and I myself have often used it as a gauge of whether we’re really in the “the future” or not—so it is with great personal sadness that I have to break the news to you that you can’t really have […]

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How Not to Predict the Future

When you spend a lot of time thinking about emerging technology, you begin to notice certain things that are naturally just assumed to be true about the future, as if everyone just knows them. These ideas are so widespread and infrequently challenged that they come to seem inevitable. These are also things that a lot […]

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Futurism TV

Nine Ways Star Trek Anticipated and Celebrated the Future In the field of future technology, life has a tendency to imitate art. The creators of science fiction are often able to imagine something before science fact makes it possible. The real technology then catches up when somebody sees it in fiction and asks: how could […]

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The Basic Income Is the Worst Response to Automation

We’ve been hearing a drumbeat recently of claims that a universal basic income—in effect, a monthly welfare check sent to everyone—is going to be necessary to save all the poor unfortunate souls put out of work by self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, robots, and other new forms of automation. We are told that the basic income […]

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Back to the Futurism

The New York Times‘s Farhad Manjoo recently called for more of us to “pick up the torch” from the recently deceased Alvin Toffler, author of the 1970 book Future Shock and one of the pioneers of what used to be called “futurism.” All around, technology is altering the world: Social media is subsuming journalism, politics […]

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We Will Meet the Cyborgs and They Will Be Us

We Are All Futurists Now, Part 3 For the previous installment of this series, about the coming revolution in robotics, I chose as my title a cheery takeoff on a show tune, “Anything You Can Do, iCan Do Better.” If I were to follow the favorite clichés of technology writers, I would have to choose […]

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