Flying cars – are they finally, really coming?

People have been fantasising about flying cars for over a hundred years. It is easy to understand why: on the ground they provide convenience and safety; in the air they travel from point to point at speed and provide amazing vistas. The Dutch company PAL-V has successfully demonstrated one, which is a mix between a sports car and a gyrocopter.  You More...

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By Tristan Fischer On Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

How the future will look like – 1899 perspective on 2000

Gizmodo shows off a series of pictures of what French futurist Jean-Marc Côté and other artists thought the world would look like in 2000, from the perspective of the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris.  Click on More...

By Tristan Fischer On Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Romney does not like paying taxes. You don’t like paying taxes. What if we all did not pay taxes?

Mitt Romney, the Republican US Presidential candidate, does not want to reveal how much he has paid in taxes over the past few years. Either he is embarrassed that it shows that his income is not as high as people More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, August 20th, 2012

Will Creationism damage US competitiveness?

Conservative Christians helping evolutionary biologists get closer to God Survey after survey show that Americans are uneasy about the Theory of Evolution and prefer to believe that creationism, as revealed in the More...

By Tristan Fischer On Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Robotic telepresence: a cheap way to commute, get skilled foreign labour

Robotic telepresence has just gotten a lot slicker and cheaper thanks to a new product from Double Robotics. A few weeks ago I wrote about living in a virtual world, and the impact of virtual working, virtual emigration, More...

By historyfuturenow On Saturday, July 14th, 2012
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Amazon same-day delivery: How the e-commerce giant will destroy local shops

History, Future. Now. lives in the countryside and is an frequent purchasor of items from Amazon.  I am able to purchase items that would not normally be available to me in my local area and I benefit from a huge More...

By historyfuturenow On Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Build Virtual Worlds on Facebook in The Ville, SimCity Social – Lauren Goode

In a previous column (Living in a Virtual World) we discussed how more people are getting comfortable spending time socialising online. Wall Street Journal columnist Lauren Goode describes how she started: playing More...

By historyfuturenow On Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Making love in the afternoon with Great Granny: intergenerational romance

In 2010 Disney released Tangled, a retelling of the Rapunzel story, and in 2012 Universal Pictures released Snow White and the Huntsman, a retelling of the Snow White story. Both contain beautiful young women whose More...

By historyfuturenow On Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Death by Degrees – the spiralling cost of education and what to do about it.

n+1 has a good article about the spiralling costs of education and encompasses all the things that History, Future, Now. likes: – a reference back to education in  7th Century China, the issues with contemporary More...

By historyfuturenow On Sunday, July 8th, 2012
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Saatchi & Saatchi conducts job interview in virtual world

In a column last week I discussed the impact of  the virtual world on jobs. Tonight, I read that Saatchi & Saatchi have been conducting job interviews in the online world of Diablo 3. Killing monsters may be More...