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    io9 - we are now living in the future
    io9s were marketed as cheap time machines in the 2070s. They were actually just low-grade input/output devices for the brain that tuned tachyon waves and gave users vivid images of possible futures. The things were so addictive, and drove so many people insane, that io9s were eventually outlawed. Today the word is just slang. io9ers are the early implanters who obsessively upgrade themselves with beta tech. People who tweak out on buggy brainware are sometimes said to have "gone io9." Science fiction writer Ken MacLeod has another term for io9ers. He calls them rapture fuckers.

    IO9 is edited by Annalee Newitz, an accomplished writer for Wired magazine and Popular Science, among other publications. Ms. Newitz says the site’s appeal isn’t at limited as it might sound, since science fiction’s profile is rising in a world that embodies much of the futurism of the past. In an interview, she said:

    "…So much of our mainstream culture is now talked about and thought about in science-fictional terms. I think that’s why people like William Gibson and Brian Aldiss are saying there’s no more science fiction because we are now living in the future. The present is thinking of itself in science-fictional terms. You get things like George Bush taking stem cell policy from reading parts of Brave New World. That’s part of what we are playing with. We are living in world that now thinks of itself in terms of sci-fi and in terms of the future.”..

    the above from NYT here

    and the io9 site here

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    eyeclipse     Sun, Jan 6, 2008  Permanent link
    I'm 50% agree, but, I think if people talks like this, we have a very restricted vision of the future. Isn't the same talking about future than talking about technology. Two things seems comes parallel, but future is a bigger and more general concept.

    The real future is thinking of evolution, evolution of the human race, understood globally, not only on the occidental world. How we can combine progress, survival and evolution will answer how will be the future, not a simple expensive use of a technology form a reinvented nature.

    I have a theory about the future and the parallel way with nature applied to the human race, but there will be a theme for one post in the future :)