Ep. 53: Toward the Year 2068

 
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By Atief Heermance, Robert de Neufville, Scott Eastman, Atief Heermance, Robert de Neufville, and Scott Eastman. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Episode 53 of the NonProphets podcast, in which Atief, Robert, and Scott talk about a 1968 collection of essays speculating what 2018 would be like called Toward the Year 2018. We talk about whether it's really possible to predict the future fifty years out (00:19); the difficulty of forecasting changing norms and tastes (05:12); what the book got right and what it got wrong (10:01); how much our lives have changed since 1968 (14:58); how technology is making it harder to know what is real and what is fake (20:45); how technology could make the problems of inequality worse (26:05); how technology is changing our ideas of privacy (28:19); what science fiction scenario is closest to what life will be like in 50 years (35:04); whether there will be more than 100,000 people in space in 50 years (37:34); the problem of technological unemployment (38:27); what country we would want to be born into in 50 years (45:18); and what people 50 years from now will judge us for doing (51:46). As always, you can reach us at nonprophetspod.wordpress.com or at nonprophetspod@gmail.com. (recorded 2/23/2018)

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