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From mobile phones to artificial wombs: what a breathtakingly visionary set of predictions from a century ago can teach us about our attempts to forecast the future today.
‘The Golden Orange Solar City’, a depiction of the Turkish city of Antalya in the future (as inspired by Solar Punk literature such as the ‘Glass and Gardens’ anthology edited by Sarena Ulabarri).
The Literary Method of Urban Design aims to predict urban futures and to design cities and prepare citizens in line with these predictions.
A new RGCS study identifies four possible scenarios about work and management that could be combined over the next decade.
Academics from different disciplines come Head to Head in this series to tackle topical debates.
A guide to the battle for the future of farming.
The Golden Age of science is in the future.
The only place to find the Golden Age of Science is in the future, but we need some help in getting there.
Governments have started to see automation as the key to brighter urban futures. But what will this look like?
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In this vision of the future, everything that we currently do in the real world – going to school, going to work, socialising, leisure – is done in a vast virtual environment.
Jakarta’s traffic system is one of many facets of the city that could be improved by smart cities technologies, but at what cost?
Governments are using Big Data to design improvements and upgrades of cities. But ethical questions need to be considered, lest we end up jeopardising citizens' privacy or deepen social inequalities.
Science fiction has a more important job to do – it allows us to see ourselves in a new light.
A new report suggests one in four jobs could be at risk in cities outside the south.
Can technology be tamed? Or have we already lost complete control?
Much like the fictitious Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's novel, more and more scientists are running away from their real-life creations.
Migos performs during the Made in America Music Festival on 2 September, 2017.
What if the current cultural context is informing the production of mumble rap? In the contemporary western world, daily life is fuelled by widespread consumption of both products and images.
Gord Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53.
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Good songs are like good poetry. Literature professor Robert Morrison reflects on The Tragically Hip's best song, "Ahead by a Century," and explains the politics of hope within the tune.
Melanoma transfer tattoo.
Doctors are taught how to treat skin cancer – but not necessarily how to empathise with those who have it.
Solarpunk imagines a sustainable future, and what it might be like to live in it.
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Punks aren't known for their positivity, but 'solarpunks' are all about optimism. A new movement of speculative fiction, art, fashion, and activism, it imagines a sustainable future that requires radical social change.
For employers, innovation is seen as a purposeful process or task, with structure and format.
New research shows that young people and employers have different ideas about innovation and the future of work.
Canada in 2167 could see genetically engineered humans living alongside sentient machines in cities radically altered by ecological change.
By 2167, genetically designed, digitally enhanced humans with Internet-connected brains will live with intelligent machines in a transformed environment and maybe even among the stars.
The first iPhone was more a hand-held computer than anything else.
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The iPhone changed the game not because of the technical details of the device, but rather as a result of its creators' imagination and courage.
Useful? Or just a money-spinner?
If AI research is only about profit, we should all be afraid ... very afraid.