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Whose Tuesday Are You Living In?

The case for greater foresight diversity.

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Sept. 29 2017 6:09 PMThe Real Moneyball Effect: Our Fetishization of DataBaseball may have fueled our unhealthy obsession with predictive analytics. It can also help guide us out.
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Sept. 28 2017 4:18 PMPsychics Didn’t See the Internet ComingNow they’re getting into the app biz.
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Sept. 22 2017 9:00 AMHow to Write a Novel Set More Than 125 Years in the FutureAutonomous author Annalee Newitz explains how she went about building her 2144.
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Sept. 20 2017 1:28 PMHow Star Trek’s Transporter Could Really WorkOne of my favorite scenes from the original series was very wrong, but it also anticipated the future.
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Sept. 19 2017 7:45 AMBlack Robes and Crystal BallsSupreme Court justices like to predict the future. They aren’t very good at it.
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Sept. 18 2017 7:15 AMThe Race to Build a Computer Powerful Enough to Predict the FutureIt will take a machine 1 trillion times faster than your laptop.
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Sept. 15 2017 11:16 AMThe Future of FashionAs seen in a century of movies.
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Sept. 14 2017 9:01 AMWe Are the FutureThere’s one critical, not-so-easy way to persuade people to fight climate change.
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Sept. 12 2017 5:55 AMMargaret Atwood, Prophet?An interview with the author of The Handmaid’s Tale and the MaddAddam trilogy.
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Sept. 8 2017 7:41 AMTime in a BottleWhat time capsules for the future say about how we see ourselves today.
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Sept. 7 2017 9:00 AMHow Predictions Can Change the FutureAutocomplete and other technological nudges can become self-fulfilling prophecies.
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Sept. 5 2017 9:30 AMWant to Help Shape the Future?Get involved with citizen science—no Ph.D. required.
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Sept. 4 2017 9:00 AMYesterlandHow did Walt Disney’s vision of a futuristic metropolis become a quaint symbol of a bygone era?
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Sept. 1 2017 7:51 AMHeads, I Win. Tails, You Forget We Had a Bet.Journalists and the public alike tend to remember the hits, not the misses.
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Sept. 1 2017 5:45 AMHow Much Is the Future Worth?The arcane, fascinating academic debate over how to value our grandchildren’s well-being.
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Sept. 29 2017 3:46 PMHow the Depiction of the Future Changed Over 80 YearsDecade by decade.
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Sept. 26 2017 12:28 PMHow Fandom Is Helping Mold the FutureTech policy and sci-fi collide at Dragon Con.
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Sept. 21 2017 1:12 PMThe Meteorologist’s LamentWeather forecasting is better than ever—but the public doesn’t seem to realize that.
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Sept. 20 2017 7:20 AMThe Futurism Industry’s Blind SpotEven the most far-out visions of tomorrow assume capitalism will survive.
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Sept. 18 2017 9:00 AMWhen Is That Breakthrough Technology Coming?It’s always “five to 10 years away.”
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Sept. 15 2017 2:27 PMAll Aboard the Bullet Train to the FutureHow the Chinese could stop worrying and learn to love the uncertain tomorrow.
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Sept. 15 2017 7:55 AMWhat the Heck Is Threatcasting?To imagine the future, we also need to think about potential dangers.
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Sept. 13 2017 5:55 AMISIS’s End-of-the-World ProblemThe terrorist organization’s apocalyptic prophecies aren’t coming true.
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Sept. 11 2017 9:00 AMWhy Science-Fiction Writers Couldn’t Imagine the InternetGame-changing real-world discoveries defy prediction.
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Sept. 7 2017 1:28 PMHow Movies Imagined the Future of TransportationThe Running Man’s 2017 doesn’t quite ring true.
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Sept. 6 2017 7:15 AMThe Next WarWhat the military doesn’t know it doesn’t know about future threats.
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Sept. 5 2017 7:15 AMWe Need to Move Beyond Election-Focused PollingPolling didn’t fail us in 2016, but what happened made polling’s flaws more apparent. Here’s how to fix that.
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Sept. 1 2017 9:08 AMCan You Match the Prediction to the Year It Was Made?Warning: There are some very good old predictions—and some very bad new ones.
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Sept. 1 2017 5:55 AMOur Virtual FutureWhat philosophers say about the inevitability of VR.