10 Futurist Phrases And Terms That Are Complete Bullshit

Last month we told you about 20 terms every self-respecting futurist should know, but now it's time to turn our attention to the opposite. Here are 10 pseudofuturist catchphrases and concepts that need to be eliminated from your vocabulary. » 4/17/14 4:39pm 4/17/14 4:39pm

Flash Boys Author Michael Lewis's Old Predictions For the Future

Author Michael Lewis is best known for uncovering hidden corners of our present, whether in baseball (Moneyball), the financial collapse (The Big Short), or high frequency trading (this month's Flash Boys). But in the September 26th, 1996 issue of the New York Times Magazine, Lewis took a swing at predicting the… » 4/08/14 4:39pm 4/08/14 4:39pm

The Best "Psychic" Scam of All Time

Why do we believe people can predict the future? Usually because we remember the hits and forget the misses. Or in some cases, the misses are hidden from us. Like in my favorite "psychic" scam ever, which also happens to be the plot of a classic 1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode, "Mail Order Prophet." » 11/07/13 1:33pm 11/07/13 1:33pm

This IBM Scientist Predicted Netflix Before The Internet Even Existed

If you predicted the decline of deadtree books or the rise of services like Netflix streaming, say, 25 years ago, you'd be considered a damn good prognosticator. But what if you predicted those things back in 1964—before the internet even existed? Amazingly, a scientist from IBM did just that, long before any of these… » 10/02/13 3:38pm 10/02/13 3:38pm

Asimov's 2014 Predictions Were Shockingly Conservative For 1964

In 1964, sci-fi legend Isaac Asimov penned a piece for the New York Times with his predictions for the world of 2014. Looking at the World's Fair of 50 years hence, Asimov imagined 3D TV, underground cities, and colonies on the moon. Many people online have hailed this as an incredible example of prescient thinking,… » 8/29/13 4:24pm 8/29/13 4:24pm

The Inspector Gadget Tech That Ended Up Becoming Real

Back when many of us were still kids and many more had yet to even be twinkles in our mothers' uteri, Inspector Gadget was the apotheosis of all of technology's promises—many of which, it turns out, came true. Vanity Fair has a wonderful little collection of those gadgets of the inspector's that were particularly… » 7/11/13 4:14pm 7/11/13 4:14pm

The Father of Radio's Stunningly Accurate 1960 Vision of the Year 2000

Flat-screen TVs, online shopping and men on the moon? These were all sci-fi fantasies in 1960. Somehow, though, inventor Lee DeForest predicted that by the year 2000 they would all become a reality. Turns out you don't necessarily need a crystal ball to see into the future. » 5/31/13 2:37pm 5/31/13 2:37pm

13 Design Trends For 2013

What better way to start the year than to make predictions – some obvious, some not so obvious – as to what trends will become more widely used in the design community. Each year seems to bring new ideas to the community and once they gain enough traction, they eventually become the norm (we're looking at you, "pull to… » 1/10/13 10:40am 1/10/13 10:40am