This fun-looking short film—funded by Brighton’s Lighthouse Arts—is screening at the Duke Of York’s Cinema on Saturday, March 1st followed by a panel discussion with the director and science-comedienne Helen Keen.
Paleo Future is a blog by Matt Novak dedicated to A look into the future that never was. The archive is structured by decade, going back to the 1880s. The site is an orgasmofest of steampunk, retro-journalistic soothsaying and zeppelin-inspired musical theatre (calm down, Simon).
In some ways, science fiction is the safe route to future prediction. Paul Saffo again:
Wild cards sensitize us to surprise, and they push the edges of the cone out further. You can call weird imaginings a wild card and not be ridiculed. Science fiction is brilliant at this, and often predictive, because it plants idea bombs in teenagers which they make real 15 years later.
The expectations set by science fiction result in the hipster chic of wearing a T-shirt emblazoned in Helvetica with where’s my jetpack?
People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it. Better yet, build it. Predicting the future is much too easy, anyway. You look at the people around you, the street you stand on, the visible air you breathe, and predict more of the same. To hell with more. I want better.
Science fiction doesn’t just show us the future we hope for further down the light cone; it also shows us the design and culture we want to prevent.