For a moment there I misread that headline as "... we will talk about phones shaped like squirming tadpole men."
Futurism is a loaded word. I get that now, especially after getting mildly bombarded the moment I opened Wikipedia's comprehensive disambiguation page for the word "futurism." There's an art movement, a slightly unrelated social movement, a scientific line of thought, and the odd inevitable pretentiously-titled rock album. You'd imagine that any artist would love to corner the market on the use of the word "futurism." Or "future," for that matter.
Because we human beings think about the future a lot. And for a time we were even obsessed enough with the future to devote whole subgenres of speculative fiction to it.
Futurists get a bad rap, if only due to the widespread belief of how impossible the future is to predict with any accuracy. As a result, they're often subject to a similar disdain as that reserved for people with an interest in UFOs, cryptids, or other branches of what we like to call fringe science.
|Speaking of which.|
Of course, that doesn't stop people from giving it their ol' college try anyway.
You don't have to be a scientist or sociologist to take a stab at what the future brings, though. Sometimes all you need to be is a little kid with a big imagination. (Gods, I sound like someone straight out of a Disney movie)
|I think the only prediction here that sounds remotely close to our present is the one about us staring at things and doing nothing. I have my doubts about the "It will be real nice" part though.|
As expected, no speculation on the future would be complete without mention of robots.
It must be nice to have childlike notions of what the future would be like. I can only wonder how today's kids will predict the next few hundred years. Will there be more iPads? More pollution? More outlandish fashion trends to give skinny jeans a run for their money?
|Also, note the "iron man" prediction.|
(Note: I first started composing this in March 2011, so this post is sort of long overdue. Besides, quips about jetpacks and subversive gender norms are practically timeless.)