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Introducing Future Portraits

Ever wonder why we have seen so many specific predictions of the future fall flat over the last century? Flying cars … moon bases … interplanetary atomic rockets … robots to wash your dishes … where are they? Curiously, most of those predictions aren’t too far-fetched. Flying cars exist; they’re just not common yet. We have the technology to build a moon base, and atomic rockets wouldn’t be too challenging, either. The visions that we would have these things now were wrong because they considered only the technologies themselves, not their context within the social, economic, and political confusion of human society.

The lack of this context is one of the biggest troubles futurists face when trying to describe the future. It isn’t difficult to take stock of current technological trends in some area and extrapolate to create a decent prediction of what technology will be available in ten or twenty years. It becomes very difficult, however, to precisely forecast how that technology will blend with and affect our future society, because of the mind-boggling complexity involved.

So I’m going to try something different.

It’s impossible to analytically simulate the color and complexity of life in the future. It is possible to creatively come up with scenarios that describe this, by studying trends in technology, society, culture, economies, and such, then mashing all of those together with a hearty helping of imagination. Science fiction authors do this all the time. The problem, though, is that scenarios in science fiction tend to be isolated from one another, so we end up with a mishmash of possible but unrelated futures.

I intend to change this by painting a web of future scenarios. The past is static and linear; the future is most definitely not. Different futures continually branch out from one another, in ways probable and improbable, separated by the dynamic uncertainty of our universe. Within this chaos, there are threads that can be followed. If I follow enough of them, I will, over time, create a gallery of the future, showing what the world might be like in a variety of conditions. Continue reading Introducing Future Portraits

Readers rejoice! I have a new (better) posting schedule.

When I began this blog, I decided (with great enthusiasm) that I would post two to three times each week. Recently, however, I’ve gone through a work transition, and I am now much busier. That’s a good thing for me, but it has messed with my ability to post here regularly over the last several weeks. I’ve been worse-than-irregular with public and private communications.

Now, my life and work have stabilized enough for me to schedule weekly writing periods for this blog. Henceforth, I will publish a new story or nonfiction piece once each week. You can look for my updates here, in your inbox, or in your feed reader during the latter half of each week—most likely on Thursdays. In addition, I may occasionally publish shorter posts early in the week when my schedule permits.

As always, I will announce new content on Facebook and Twitter as it appears. I’ll be continuously in touch with those outlets, as well as with blog comments and email. I have learned a great deal about blogging in the last couple months, and I am very excited to continue building and evolving my work here. Thank you to everyone who is following along with me on this journey! I am happy to have your company.

Until next time,

Andron