The future will be cached

It's a good time to be in the business of the future.

Bruno Giussani posts his take on James Canton's "Extreme Future," the title of futurist's forthcoming book. He, Canton, believes that bits, atoms, genes and neurons - and their related sciences - will dramatically shape what's to come.

Honestly, I kind of like what Roger Fischer had to say (thanks for the link Bruno). We might need to start classifying those who predict the future into "extreme," "retro" and "time lag" futurists.

Along those lines, the World Future Society recently divided those who see a heavily technology-dependent age into techno-optimists and techno-pessimists. Our technology obsessed culture surely conceives of the future differently than, say, various agrarian, utopian and communitarian movements in history. Some, like Wendell Berry, have expressed a consistent skepticism toward a technology-dominated future.

Even more broadly, there have been future optimists, pessimists and, sadly, perfectionists

One dictionary says the future is the "indefinite time yet to come," a phrase I like for its lack of precision. Like our experience of change, the future is hard to quantify, though some have tried.

In art and architecture, futurism, a broad movement, occurred early in the 20th century. Futurism now, according to Wikipedia, is less specific and open to interpretation, meaning experts and visual artists might compare notes in the future, on the future, with anyone. I find it quaint that creatives ever thought of specific futures, and perhaps futurism in art and architecture was the culmination of the material dialectic, which seemed perfectly reasonable to so many people. Astride history, we could exegete anything, even time.

In my view we're headed toward an age of immaterialism, which unlike thoughts' past, will live on, cached somewhere on a server. And if this post should be read by someone 20, 30, 50 years hence, perhaps he or she will get a good laugh, which, now that I think of it, really tickles me.

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