Science fiction writers have invented, imagined, and created possible futures in books, comics, and movies for decades. Today, the genre is more popular and profitable than ever, ignited by the success of Star Wars and fueled by the technology that makes it hard to separate the science from the fiction.
Let's celebrate, then, the minds that make up our futures, because, as director James Cameron says: "Science fiction is kind of our headlights...it helps us see what's down the road, through the lens of another world, to point a finger at a problem without pushing people away."
May the 4th be with you!
What's changing: Friday, May 4th, 2018
As we've learned from science fiction movies, the bigger the problem the bigger the alliance. Now, four carmakers have created a group to explore the impact of blockchain technology in the mobility and automotive business. (3 minute read)
The genius scientist. Watch Arnav Kapur show you a system he's developed at the Future Lab that lets you surf the internet with your mind. (13 minute video)
Here come the mutants! Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles.
Ethical questions torture the protagonist! What will happen to my digital remains when I'm gone? (4 minute read)
The kid's best friend is a robot! And his name is Miko. (5 minute read)
The brilliant millionaire/inventor who solves v-e-r-y important problems. Read Elon Musk's commencement speech at Cal Tech in 2012. (10 minute read)
The gadget everybody wants: lightsabers! And how we can build one...soon. (6 minute read)
Want to know what 2030 will be like? Check out this list of the best science fiction books to read in 2018. (9 minute read)
"Now take the scenario, where you move out into the solar system. The solar system can easily support a trillion humans. And if we had a trillion humans, we would have a thousand Einsteins and a thousand Mozarts and unlimited (for all practical purposes) resources and solar power unlimited for all practical purposes. That's the world that I want my great-grandchildren's great-grandchildren to live in."
From "Jeff Bezos explains how his space company will save civilization" on Quartz.
Food for thought
An omnibot is what happens when chatbots grow up.
This week's exploration of possible futures was curated with curiosity by Iñaki Escudero, Future Activist.