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Fri 11 Jan 2019: 8th Edition of Future History Videos

Accepted submission by cafebabe at 2019-01-05 23:26:08
Techonomics

Many Soylentils may think that futurology in video format is pointless. However, a small cadre of futurologists have enthusiastically assembled predictions as clips and/or slideshows; often with futuristic music. My introduction to this minor artform was HayenMill [youtube.com]'s predictions about to 2010s [youtube.com], 2020s [youtube.com] and 2030s [youtube.com]. deanmullen10 [youtube.com] has been making predictions in this format for seven years. The early ones are low resolution crud but the 7th iteration has a particular funky music mix and covers decades from 2010s [youtube.com] to the 2090s [youtube.com] then more sparsely to the 24th century and one further set of distant predictions.

The 8th iteration of predictions is due to be uploaded on Fri 11 Jan 2019 [youtube.com]. I'm looking forward to this because I find the format inspiring and uplifting. The demoscene [wikipedia.org], house style music [wikipedia.org] also quite good when programming. The 6th edition's predictions for the 2050s has a representative selection of the music [youtube.com] although many find that to be sonic noise.

Other scenarios from deanmullen10 [youtube.com] include the sudden collapse of a large Silicon Valley company due to loss of goodwill [youtube.com], alien invasion [youtube.com] and some amusingly inaccurate predictions in the same format (with some suitably retro-futuristic music), expolated from the 1980s [youtube.com]. In the 1980s, the BBC was a comedy goldmine for inaccurate predictions; mostly through broadcasts about technology [wikipedia.org]. This included waiters using touch screens [youtube.com]. Further back, car navigation using a tachometer and an audio cassette [youtube.com], the bedside teletype [youtube.com] and the cashless society [youtube.com]. Although, a particular favorite is cutting trees with lasers [youtube.com]. It also featured 3D audio [youtube.com]. (Whatever happened to that? [soylentnews.org])

In the season of New Year's Resolutions [soylentnews.org], it is the season to look back at looking forward [youtube.com]. The four day working week [soylentnews.org] has been predicted since at least the 1930s and legal cannabis cultivation throughout the US [soylentnews.org] has been predicted since at least the 1960s. However, self-driving cars, flying cars [soylentnews.org], home robots and fusion power remain Real Soon Now.


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