September 2000 Archives

Discover magazine on 2020

A selection of features about the world twenty years hence, such as 'What You'll Need to Know in 2020 That You Don't Know Now' and '20 Ideas That Will Rule Research in the Next 20 Years.'

A scenario building method

An article by Art Kleiner from Whole Earth's Spring 1999 issue outlining the scenario building method he uses, a variation on that used by the Global Business Network.

Scenarios from Eno World readers

A page containing a few short ideas for scenarios, inspired by Eno's Unthinkable Futures so they tend to be interesting far-out ideas. Users can add their own ideas to the page. (via Gorjuss)

Brian Eno's Unthinkable Futures

This page is just an excerpt from the full article (in Whole Earth Review, Summer 1993) that listed 80 sentence-long "unthinkable futures" thought up by Brian Eno (a musician, producer, artist, lecturer, etc.). Judging from the few listed here, I can imagine that they're not all entirely unthinkable now... (via Gorjuss)

Robot protestors

The Institute for Applied Autonomy develops robots for use in various forms of protest that may cause human protagonists to be arrested. For example, the GraffitiWriter and Little Brother, an automated pamphleteer. (via Nettime)

Los Angeles is the future

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A look at the "L.A. School" of urban theorists who see Los Angeles as an alternative look at the future of urban development. Contrary to the usually cited course of events, the city is not de-industrialised, but re-industrialised and many of its suburban areas are in fact very densely populated. (via Arts & Letters Daily)

Growing Plastic

A good discussion about different techniques of growing plastic in plants. The benefit is less of the traditional petrochemical processes. The downside that it can take more energy to extract this new biodegradable plastic from the plants than it does to make plastic the old-fashioned way. The article looks at these issues and more. (via Arts & Letters Daily)

Worms' lifespan boosted by drugs

A team at the University of Manchester, UK, has boosted the lifespan of "microscopic worms" by 50% by using drugs. It's the first time any animal's life has been extended by the use of drugs.