Perhaps unsurprisingly, things didn’t pan out exactly how Ridley Scott envisioned. We still don’t have flying cars, unless you count oversize drones, and there are no replicants running wild (that we know of, anyway). But more prosaic technology, such as video calls and virtual assistants, is ubiquitous. And while Los Angeles isn’t entirely choked in smog, as Ridley predicted, it’s certainly threatened by wildfires. … [Read more...] about This is what our working lives will look like in 2040
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The games themselves might be free to download and play, but they are laden with costly in-app purchases that range from $0.99 to $99.99 or more (per purchase!). The gameplay in these apps is designed to nudge you (or your child) into making multiple in-app purchases to advance more quickly through the game you’ve become addicted to. Some examples (but by no means all) are games like Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Fortnight, Candy Crush Jelly Saga, Pokémon Go, Marvel Contest of Champions, and many, many, many more. … [Read more...] about 27+ smartphone apps you should delete in 2020
Computers are already riding along. Since 2017, the federal government has required commercial trucks to be outfitted with an electronic logging device (ELD) to monitor and enforce safety requirements, such as limiting the number of hours truckers can drive per day, and ensuring that they take prescribed breaks with adequate time for sleep. ELDs are also a rich source of data for trucking dispatchers, insurance underwriters, and autonomous tech developers, Sankar says. Data includes not only where and when truckers drive, but how they drive—in terms of braking, acceleration, and how long they go between breaks. “All of that’s really, really interesting because the fleet manager has an understanding of just how that driver does their job,” Sankar says. … [Read more...] about In 20 years, your boss may track your every glance, keystroke, and heartbeat
Visitors have had mixed reactions to the instillation. At the London exhibit, people got angry and upset by the depiction, Jain says, even though they intended to present a hopeful vision of the future. Visitors to the Singapore exhibit, which opened in November and is on view until April 5, 2020, have said the opposite: it’s too optimistic and that things will actually be much worse. (Jain notes that the Australian bushfires began after the exhibit opened, and that catastrophic blazes, worsened by climate change, may have made this apartment’s version of the future seem downright utopian). … [Read more...] about Step inside an apartment from the climate change-ravaged future
Instead of accepting the Anthropocene as a foregone conclusion, he says, we should take the idea as a challenge: In the few years left before geologists declare the Holocene dead, we could try to save it. His new organization, called The Pioneers of the Greater Holocene, will launch first in San Francisco and use volunteers to document parts of the Bay Area that are more natural and could be a model for transforming more human-dominated spaces. The “pioneers” will also take small steps to rewild the city, planting native seeds that can begin to take root along streets and sidewalks. … [Read more...] about Are you ready to join the fight against the coming of the Anthropocene?