Recap #24: sci-fi stories to inspire the world of tomorrow

This week, the recap brings stories about how sci-fi tales from the past influenced the world we live in today and a collection of new sci-fi stories that will hopefully inspire the world of tomorrow!

7 months ago   •   2 min read

By Caroline Barrueco
AI generative illustration by Caroline Barrueco made with pollinations.ai

Hi everyone, we are back to our regular Tuesday schedule. This week, the recap brings stories about how sci-fi tales from the past influenced the world we live in today and a collection of new sci-fi stories that will hopefully inspire the world of tomorrow! As well as people creating fascinating emerging technologies like biodegradable batteries, fuel-making microbes.


Futures Literacy


Elon Musk is building a sci-fi world, and the rest of us are trapped in it
In this New York Times piece inspired by the BBC podcast series, The Evening Rocket, Jill Lepore unpacks how sci-fi inspired the creations of tech billionaires and highlights the importance of telling different stories of the future.

Visions 2100, Stories from your future
In this short story collection, 82 contributors focus on identifying risks, harnessing finance, deploying solutions, and driving government action for the world in 2100. Shared by Kristin Alford, who was also one of the contributing writers in the project.


Emerging Technology


Using microbes to make carbon-neutral fuel
A team of biologists genetically engineered a species of microbe to produce biofuel through electrosynthesis. The carbon-neutral fuel could be used in blends with diesel and gasoline. Shared by Sthéfano.

Isomorphic Labs wants to use AI to create drugs
Demis Hassabis, the founder of DeepMind, just launched a new enterprise to harvest the power of AI to create medicine. Isomorphic Labs will build on the protein folding advances achieved by DeepMind’s AI system AlphaFold2 with the intent of "reimagining the entire drug discovery process". Via mz.

The biodegradable battery
This 3D printed battery is entirely compostable and is made of only four ingredients: carbon, cellulose, glycerin, and table salt. It would be amazing to decrease our e-waste by implementing such solutions. Via mz.


Tech and Culture


How blockchain is quietly becoming history’s hard drive
George Orwell said that who controls the present controls the past. Now, Hong Kong's citizens are taking control of their present by encoding several media features into the blockchain, avoiding censorship. Shared by Patrick.


Events



Tech + Culture : Work
On November 15th, we will be hosting another chapter of our Tech + Culture events series, this time talking about the present and the future of work, featuring Luma Elding and Michell Zappa. Use this link to join the conversation!


Bye, see you next week.
Caroline Barrueco

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