Scripturient: Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me…

Turning 64, as in the 1967 Beatles’ song, once seemed so distant that it it was as remote as flying cars and jet packs. By the time I reached that age, I thought, we’d have a moon base colony, orbiting hotels as in 2001, A Space Odyssey, and were reaching out to the planets. Maybe ...

Things Are Good: Vote on Canada’s Digital Future

On Monday the 19th Canadians will cast their ballots for who they think should run the nation. Open Media has released a report card on where the political parties stand on digital issues impacting Canadians. It’s with no surprise that the conservatives get a failing grade. The good news is that every other party support ...

Things Are Good: WorldFuture Conference 2015

If you’re in San Francisco this July you’re going to want to check out the conference of the future: the WorldFuture Conference. They’ll be looking at future-critical issues (many of this issues are what this very site looks at) and be discussing how to prepare for what the future holds. If we’re not thinking about ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Robocalls from Real Robots

“mmm…buzzz…. click…. This is your friendly….buzzz…. automated calling device…click…hummmm… reminding you that….mmmm….buzzz…..click… there are only three days left to…. zzzzz…. take advantage of the Black Friday sales at…. mmmm…. buzzzz….. your…. zzzz… Collingwood…..insert box store name…. mmmm…buzzz…. click….thank you…” Well, maybe robotic telemarketers won’t sound like the solenoid robots on Roger Ramjet, but within the decade, ...

Things Are Good: Live in the Now, Plan for Your Future Self

There are many things that make one happy, but what if our fundamental approach is wrong? Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert looks into other ways of thinking about happiness and the overall take we have on our self. “Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished.” Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a ...

Political Eh-conomy: The more things change… Amazon’s “anticipatory shipping” and the village square

Media outlets recently publicized Amazon’s patent for what it calls “anticipatory shipping.” The premise is as simple as it is creepy: Amazon will charge and ship items before customers have the chance to buy them themselves. In other words, Amazon knows what you want and is happy to spare you the trouble and effort of ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Collingwood: 2114

I had one of those odd dreams recently; a crazy mix of future and past, where rotary dial phones and smart phones co-existed, where past and future intersected. A retro-future dream. I was in Collingwood, an odd Collingwood, but it was still my home town: recognizable,familiar,  but also changed. Modernized in striking ways, old-fashioned in ...

Things Are Good: Rest of World to Canada: Stop Risking The Future

COP 19 ends this week and there is at least one clear message coming from the meeting: Canada is risking the wellbeing of future generations. While most countries agree that climate change needs to be dealt with and carbon output needs to be curtailed, Canada is refusing to budge on its pro-tar sands stance while ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Cell phones > Smartphones > Superphones > ?

Just fooling around here, but with the rapid evolution of smartphone technology, you have to be wondering where it’s going. Earlier this year we learned of an imager chip that lets mobile phones see through walls, clothes, and other objects. With Square, we see an evolution to peripheral devices that free consumers from the sales ...

Chadwick's Blog & Commentary: What the Future Holds

In researching my latest book, I’ve been reading about predictions for the future: what will happen in technology, science, politics, government and medicine. It’s pretty fascinating what some see coming at us for the next 10 to 100 years. There … Continue reading →

Things Are Good: Futuristic Things That Became Reality Last Year

It seems that most ideas in the realm of Science Fiction stay as fiction but it’s not too rare that “out there” ideas from Sci-Fi can become real. At the Sci-Fi blog IO9 they have complied a list of some seemingly crazy things that turned out to become real last year. The list range from ...

eaves.ca: Living in the Future: My Car isn’t Flying, but it is Cheap and Gamified

I remember in the early 80’s when I was about 8 years old I walked up to my dad and said “you know the year 2000 really isn’t that far away, and unless something changes we aren’t going to get jetpacks and flying cars.” Even then I could see the innovation curve wasn’t going to ...

The Scott Ross: Liberal History

Laurier, McKenzie King, Pearson, Trudeau, Chretien all mean nothing to the Liberal Party, to Canada if we as members and as Canadians do nothing. Though each man was great in his own time, their greatness today rests on our shoulders. For if the Liberal Party was to disintegrate, was to collapse, the ideals these men ...

350 or bust: Youth To World’s Politicians: It’s Time To Buy Back Our Future

Here is another post from Ani, a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation representing Manitoba at the Durban climate conference, will be a regular guest blogger during COP17 in Durban. Ani works as a Public Education and Outreach Coordinator for Climate Change Connection, a project of the Manitoba Eco-Network. To read more, visit Ani’s blog ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Esperanto is Old School

Wittgenstein described language as a city. Three’s the Old Town with its twisted streets and the new suburbs that are neatly organized. The entire city is constantly changing and growing. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, but is language evolving enough? We are adding a lot of slang and that’s fun, but is it ...

The Skwib: The Frozen Soylent Green Soft Serve Processor

from the 2037 Hammacher Schlemmer Glaven catalog This is the device that instantly turns Soylent Green and other flavorings into a soft-serve treat. The unit combines frozen Soylent Green and any additional Soylent products you can scavenge and instantly churns the ingredients to produce a treat with the texture of frozen yogurt or soft-serve ice ...

The Skwib: The Thomas Kincaid Pop-Up Christmas Tree and Consumer Happiness Dispenser

(from the 2037 Hammacher Schlemmer Glaven catalog) This is a six-foot Christmas tree that pops up instantly and is pre-decorated with original artwork by renowned holiday artist Thomas Kinkaid, all of which can dispense Viritron’s patented Santa Virus. The tree rises from a flat position in concentric circles to its full thirty-inch width and seventy-six-inch ...

The Skwib: The Laser Equipped Autonomous Robotic Vacuum

(from the 2037 Hammacher Schlemmer Glaven catalog) This is the robotic vacuum that navigates autonomously through your home up to seven times per week, where it can either clean your floors or patrol for intruders. The unit’s specially designed dual, counter-rotating agitator brushes spread carpet fibers and enable the vacuum to remove hair and other ...

The Skwib: The Best Levitation Belt

from the 2037 Hammacher Schlemmer Glaven catalog This levitation belt earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Glaven Institute because it was the easiest to put on and operate while falling from a building. 48 out of 49 of our tests were successful, and only one of our Testing Drones was killed during the ...

350 or bust: Future Schmucher

This shocking attack ad on 8 year old Penelope was released yesterday, as the Ontario election debate continues. More links: Penelope4Ontario.ca  

350 or bust: Addiction to Oil: A Parent’s Call To Action

Dr. Sarah Warren is psychologist and addictions expert who understands our addiction to oil and how to go into “recovery.”  She appreciates what it takes to move from denial to awareness into action, because she’s lived it.  She knows that change is difficult, but also necessary, possible and rewarding. In her book “Fierce Love”, Dr Warren, ...

350 or bust: Next Election, Vote For Penelope

More links: Penelope4Ontario

The Skwib: Seven things that I guarantee won’t matter in 70 years

So, you can just stop worrying, okay? everything on that is trending on Twitter today whether you look fat in those pants Facebook anything you watched on TMZ that big meeting with marketing tomorrow if you wrote a post on your blog today your broken heart (it will be mended by then). Alltop will also ...

Vexed, Stressed, frustrated and soaking in calgon

Because In much wisdom there is much indignation: and he that addeth knowledge, addeth also labour.Ecclesiastes 1:18 Back in the day many years ago I thought it would be a good idea to get some higher learning…and the motivation was only so I could find a good job. Well all these years later and no ...

Forecast: Grim With Heavy Chances Of Losing Country

Still insanely busy, but I just can’t remain silent on the current electoral campaign … I mean, the ongoing electoral campaign that began months ago (you know, before everyone actually proclaimed that *now* we’re running elections?) – but I digress. In any case, polls still tend toward two most likely outcomes: a CPC minority again, ...