2008 in Review
(As a blogger, I'm contractually obligated to post one of these, you know.)
As 2008 draws to a close, it's time to go through the piles of cognitive detritus left on my desk, and think back on what this year was like.
Bad: Poorly-juggled travel schedules. A few of the coolest projects got delayed into 2009, if they happen at all. My physiology decided that it hates me (warning, squicky medical images).
Here are some of my favorite pieces from Open the Future 2008. Although I'm pretty sure I wrote fewer posts this year compared to last, there are more of them that stand out in my mind as potentially interesting. Let me know which ones you liked, disliked, or want me to revisit. And if I don't get around to posting again during the holidays, Happy Solstifestichrismakwanzakkah!
The Big Picture: Climate Chaos -- wherein we look at how climate disruption mixes with a variety of other big issues.
Please Don't Kick the Robots - on how biomimesis changes how we react to robot abuse.
Roll +3 vs The Future - why Dungeons & Dragons made me what I am today (now you know what to blame).
Pondering Fermi - boy, I seriously get my geek on here. As if the D&D post wasn't enough.
Singularities Enough, and Time - waiting for a Singularity to save us isn't just a bad idea, it's actually beside the point.
The Participatory Decepticon - how do you know that what you see on YouTube is really what happened?
Making the Visible Invisible - augmented reality technologies mean an augmented reality society. And that may not be good.
Tomorrow Matters - as much as today.
This Changes Everything - giving you permission to slap a futurist.
Legacy Futures - dead visions of tomorrow that still colonize our minds. GET OUT OF MY MIND!