Sterling riffs the future in Reno

Here‘s a fine, concentrated dose of futurism: Bruce Sterling goes off on a prophetic tear, around October 1, 2011, at the Art + Environment Conference.

Content is diverse and challenging: climate change, art, nationalism, science fiction, American politics, emotions, technology, writing, urban decay, informatics, etc:

For futures methods, there’s all kinds of stuff going on here, compressed and referenced.

  • Environmental scanning and trendspotting.
  • Extrapolation from the recent past (climate change).
  • Scenarios – tiny vignettes, here, about life in the future.

 

(via Warren Ellis, also essential reading for futurism)

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