Pew: The Metaverse in 2040

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): The Metaverse in 2040 . “Hype? Hope? Hell? Maybe all three. Experts are split about the likely evolution of a truly immersive ‘metaverse.’ They expect that augmented- and mixed-reality enhancements will become more useful in people’s daily lives. Many worry that current online problems may be magnified if Web3 development is led by those who built today’s dominant web platforms.”

Smithsonian Institution: Smithsonian’s New Digital Guide Brings the Future to People’s Fingertips June 22

Smithsonian Institution: Smithsonian’s New Digital Guide Brings the Future to People’s Fingertips June 22. “‘Your Future Guide’ is a first-of-its-kind digital experience that brings the milestone ‘FUTURES’ exhibition—the Smithsonian’s first exploration of the future—to audiences everywhere…. Closing July 6, ‘FUTURES’ showcases more than 150 awe-inspiring objects, ideas, prototypes and installations that fuse art, technology, design and history to help visitors imagine many possible futures on the horizon.”

Google Blog: Exploring Afrofuturism on Google Arts & Culture

Google Blog: Exploring Afrofuturism on Google Arts & Culture. “This February and March 2022, Carnegie Hall invites New Yorkers and the world to participate in a journey of discovery through one of its signature citywide festivals — Afrofuturism — a movement where music, visual arts, science fiction and technology intersect to imagine alternate realities and a liberated future viewed through the lens of Black cultures. Together with Google Arts & Culture, and coinciding with Black History Month, we are pleased to invite audiences around the world to learn more about this exciting movement as part of a new online hub: The Afrofuture is Now.”

5 trends to shake the world in 2022: Predictions for the year ahead (CNET)

CNET: 5 trends to shake the world in 2022: Predictions for the year ahead. “Even before the momentous events of 2020 and 2021 shook up the planet, the tectonic plates of culture, society and technology were already shifting and reshaping the world. The pandemic took those changes and accelerated them, exacerbated them, and in some cases, threw them into chaos. As we speed into 2022, one question remains: where are we headed next?”

The Verge: The Next Privacy Crisis

The Verge: The Next Privacy Crisis. “Writer and researcher Erica Neely says that laws and social norms aren’t prepared for how AR could affect physical space. “I think we’re kind of frantically running behind the technology,” she tells The Verge. In 2019, Neely wrote about the issues that Pokémon Go had exposed around augmented locations. Those issues mostly haven’t been settled, she says. And dedicated AR hardware will only intensify them. Smartphone cameras — along with digital touchup apps like FaceTune and sophisticated image searches like Snap Scan and Google Lens — have already complicated our relationships with the offline world. But AR glasses could add an ease and ubiquity that our phones can’t manage.”

Smithsonian: Smithsonian’s New “FUTURES” Will Blast Through the Space-Time Continuum To Open Saturday, Nov. 20

Smithsonian: Smithsonian’s New “FUTURES” Will Blast Through the Space-Time Continuum To Open Saturday, Nov. 20. “The historic Arts and Industries Building (AIB), America’s first National Museum, will open its groundbreaking new museum experience ‘FUTURES’ Saturday, Nov. 20…. ‘FUTURES’ officially kicks off with ‘FUTURES Remixed,’ a free opening festival spanning the month of November and culminating in a free public concert on opening day, Saturday, Nov. 20. Through multiple portals onsite, around the Washington, D.C., and streamed globally, ‘FUTURES Remixed’ will invite people of all ages to experience a radically imagined future when those of diverse perspectives come together to learn, problem solve and create.”

Ars Technica: “Wayforward Machine” provides a glimpse into the future of the web

Ars Technica: “Wayforward Machine” provides a glimpse into the future of the web. “What could the future of the Internet look like? With the digital world of the 21st century becoming a pit of unwanted ads, tracking, paywalls, unsafe content, and legal threats, ‘Wayforward Machine’ has a dystopian picture in mind. Behind the clickbaity name, Wayforward Machine is an attempt by the Internet Archive to preview the chaos the world wide web is about to become.”

Retro Futurism Explained: Definition, Aesthetic, Fashion Examples (2021) (The VOU)

The VOU: Retro Futurism Explained: Definition, Aesthetic, Fashion Examples (2021). “Retro-futurism plays a massive role in the contemporary world we live in, from media to design and from technology to fashion. In this comprehensive guide in Retro-futurism, I’ll detail the origin and definition of this current. I’ll then introduce you to the latest Retro-futurism themes, such as the ones described above.”

Southern Illinois University: Morris Library receives Buckminster Fuller’s books for research, study

Southern Illinois University: Morris Library receives Buckminster Fuller’s books for research, study . “Morris Library’s Special Collections Research Center has Fuller’s personal library of more than 3,000 volumes; part of a recent donation of artifacts and furniture to the R. Buckminster Fuller Dome Not-For-Profit. The organization recently acquired Fuller’s personal library and original house furnishings from his estate, with the goal of reinstalling the furnishings and library as it was in the 1960s to the dome home at 407 S. Forest St. in Carbondale, where Fuller and his wife, Anne, lived, from 1960 to 1971.”

BetaNews: 6 emerging technologies in 2021

BetaNews: 6 emerging technologies in 2021. “Technology is always changing. Whether it’s delivery apps taking off because of a global pandemic or video games incorporating virtual reality (VR), technology holds an immense amount of power. As 2020 comes to a close, many are wondering what the next year holds. The following six emerging innovations are fields that will develop further throughout 2021.”

University of Oregon: Urbanism Next launches the NEXUS online clearinghouse

University of Oregon: Urbanism Next launches the NEXUS online clearinghouse. “Created by the UO’s Urbanism Next Center in partnership with NUMO Alliance, NEXUS is a comprehensive, vetted source of information that explores the potential effects of innovations such as new mobility, autonomous vehicles and the rise of e-commerce. Going beyond the technologies themselves, NEXUS sheds light on possible long-term and compounding influences of these technologies on cities and communities.”

CNN: Nanobots, ape chauffeurs and flights to Pluto. The predictions for 2020 we got horribly wrong

CNN: Nanobots, ape chauffeurs and flights to Pluto. The predictions for 2020 we got horribly wrong. “History is littered with predictions and future projections. Many of these are given with supreme confidence, before they fade conveniently into insignificance as they whiz wide off the mark. But as we charge into the third decade of the 21st century, it’s time to ask: Where did we think we’d be in 2020?”

PRNewswire: IEEE Computer Society’s Top 12 Technology Trends for 2020

PRNewswire: IEEE Computer Society’s Top 12 Technology Trends for 2020 (PRESS RELEASE). “IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS) tech experts unveil their annual predictions for the future of tech, presenting what they believe will be the most widely adopted technology trends in 2020. Six of the top 12 technology predictions have been developed into peer-reviewed articles published in Computer magazine’s December issue, covering topics that include cognitive robotics, practical drone delivery, and digital twins. The tech future forecast by the world’s premier organization of computer professionals consistently ranks as one of its most anticipated announcements.”

New York Times: A Better Internet Is Waiting for Us

New York Times: A Better Internet Is Waiting for Us. “Social media is broken. It has poisoned the way we communicate with each other and undermined the democratic process. Many of us just want to get away from it, but we can’t imagine a world without it. Though we talk about reforming and regulating it, ‘fixing’ it, those of us who grew up on the internet know there’s no such thing as a social network that lasts forever. Facebook and Twitter are slowly imploding. And before they’re finally dead, we need to think about what the future will be like after social media so we can prepare for what comes next.”

Fast Company: Better-educated, higher-paid workers will be ‘most affected’ by AI, per new study

Fast Company: Better-educated, higher-paid workers will be ‘most affected’ by AI, per new study. “When it comes to automation, many experts believe that the most vulnerable are the most vulnerable. That is, the jobs that are in the greatest danger of being disrupted, if not altogether displaced, by machines are occupied by blue-collar and front-line service workers—those in ‘lower- wage, lower-education roles’ who perform rote tasks, as a report from the Brookings Institution framed it earlier this year. But a new study from Brookings, being released today, challenges this assumption, at least as it pertains to artificial intelligence. “