Creating A History of the Future in 100 Objects
What are the 100 objects that future historians will pick to define our 21st century? A javelin thrown by an 'enhanced' Paralympian far further than any normal human? Virtual reality interrogation equipment used by police forces? The world's most expensive glass of water, mined from the moons of Mars? The first Rechartered City, thrown open to new citizens to prevent declining populations? Or desire modification drugs that fuel the fastest growing new religion?
"A History of the Future in 100 Objects" creates a new future history, through an serialised app, a book, a podcast, and a museum exhibit. Collaborators include the British Museum and The Economist.
Arthur C Clarke, Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, Philip K Dick have all shaped the world. Visions of the future have always influenced our dreams and actions in the present - for better or worse. This project takes a comprehensive look at the future of everything - of politics, religion, marriage, work, and technology.
Additional Supporting Materials
- "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." But why do we so often fail to study our thousands of years of recorded history when we think about the future?
- New technologies and discoveries almost always come with unintended consequences. How can we improve the way we think about the future by considering those consequences?
- Is there an alternative to techno-utopianism or dystopia?
- There's more to life than technology. How can we think about the future of religion or politics or work or money?
- How do you co-ordinate a project like this across so many different platforms and media - a book, an app, a podcast, and a museum exhibit?
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