The Russian Federal Space Agency and NASA are saying that this mysterious titanium structure is not a part of any of their satellites, rockets or spacecraft. The Russian agency seized it and they are trying to determine its origin.
We've looked at a lot of the ways in which advertisers have positioned themselves as being in touch with "the future." The future's been used to advertise appliance stores, power companies, airlines, phone companies, aluminum, TVs, beer and refrigerators, refrigerators, refrigerators; pretty much any consumer product…
The first weekend here, Lisa's family gave us their awesome seats to a baseball game between the Yomiuri Giants and the Hanshin Tigers, my first Japanese baseball game ever.The differences I noticed between American baseball and Japanese baseball being that everyone chants a different song for each batter in complete…
Styrofoam homes may sound like a recipient for disaster, but Japan Dome House Co., Ltd. thinks they're the future. A future in which all of us will be hobbits or smurfs. Made with 7-inch-thick 100% expanded polystyrene foam modules, the company says that they don't have the maintenance problems of wood or metal…
The 1985 book The World of Robots contains this image of a future city. Complete with domes, personal transport vehicles and apparently robots at the wheel. The caption to the illustration appears below.
The 1982 book Our Future Needs (World of Tomorrow) contains this two-page spread of robot farms of the future. No, they don't grow robots. The robots just work on the farms. But combine the idea of robot farms and the robot rebellion we looked at a few months back and you've got a hilariously horrifying combination.
The 1982 book Fact or Fantasy (World of Tomorrow) by Neil Ardley contains the two-page spread below which illustrates domed cities of the future. The domes are necessary to protect humanity from the "savage cold" yet to come.
The January 25, 1959 Chicago Tribune ran this picture of the "Polar City of the Future" as a part of the Closer Than We Think! series.
The Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, Illinois) ran an article on December 15, 1952 outlining a vision of weather-controlled communities of the future.
The 1979 book Robots (World of the Future) includes the "Superfarm" of the year 2020. Many of the advances that they write about appear to have become a reality. That being said, I've never seen a farm that looked like that. Plastic domes are in contention with the videophone and flying cars for supreme perpetual…
This image from the 1968 book Explorers of the Deep: Man's Future Beneath the Sea depicts the inevitable colonization of the ocean floor.
Rather than a floating city, today we have an image of undersea cities from the book Out of Time: Designs for the Twentieth-Century Future.
The image above is the "home of the future" where "electrically operated climate-conditioned extensions will permit 'summer terraces' all at will by your electricity."