Futures Forum: Using technology to transform enterprise
Futures Forum: Technology and economic progress
Will technology 'fix' climate change?
Futures Forum: Climate change: the 'Big Fix': geoengineering solutions
Futures Forum: The techno-fix ... Can we engineer our way out of environmental catastrophe? Or ... Can we 'design for the real world'?
Futures Forum: Climate change: and geoengineering >>> "Climate Intervention Is Not a Replacement for Reducing Carbon Emissions"
Will technology allow us to have our cake and eat it?
Futures Forum: "Exposing the futuristic fantasies deployed by the fossil-fuel companies"
Will technology give us better jobs?
Futures Forum: Technological unemployment and the Luddite fallacy
Futures Forum: Creating/destroying jobs >>> Creative Destruction and Artificial Intelligence
Futures Forum: Artificial Intelligence: 'complements labor and increase its productivity'
Will technology become just too damn complicated?
Futures Forum: VW... and making 'wholly opaque disposable vehicles' >>> rather than making vehicles which 'run for a long time and are easy to fix'
And will technology just leave the rest of us behind?
Futures Forum: Climate change... and 'Interstellar': 'Cli-fi' escapism?
Futures Forum: "The real-life Mad Max will be about water"
This is techno-determinism/progressivism/utopianism:
Technological determinism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Techno-progressivism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Technological utopianism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
But technology doesn't have to be macho:
Futures Forum: Frugal Innovation: on BBC Radio 4's In Business
Futures Forum: Open Source Ecology >>> Homebrew Industrial Revolution >>> Do-it-yourself sustainable development
However, it seems that we've been promised 'progress through technology' for rather too long:
Futures Forum: Of Back to the Future and the promise of flying cars
Futures Forum: "Where are the flying cars?" or, "What happened to derail so many credible ideas and prospects?"
Futures Forum: The language of bureaucracy >>> David Graeber and "The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy"
We are fascinated by all this promise.
This video from 2013 has received over 3 million hits:
Rocket Man Vs. Rally Car - Top Gear - BBC - YouTube
And yet how many of us will be doing this in, say, sixty years' time?
After all, we were promised the same sixty years ago:
1950s Rocket Pack, Flying Man, Technological Innovation - YouTube
Even more impressive is the flying car - but who can afford this?
► Flying Car - AeroMobil 3.0 demonstration - YouTube
And yet Blade Runner has us riding around in flying cars three years hence:
BLADE RUNNER - L.A. 2019 + Flying Scenes - [HD 1080p] - YouTube
This is the critique of techno-promise from David Graeber:
Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit - The Baffler
Where Did the Future Go? David Graeber vs. Peter Thiel - The Baffler
There have been some excellent pieces following on from this:
From Arse To Elbow: On Novelty, Abundance and Destruction
» Flying cars and the “world of tomorrow” that never was The Teeming Brain
Dead Zones and Flying Cars: ‘The Utopia of Rules’ with David Graeber | Flavorwire
Futures Forum: A history of predicting technological advances >>> Tomorrow's World at 50 on BBC Radio 4