To try and reach back there, I'm going straight to the source. Not to new books like Joseph Tirella's Tomorrow-Land, but to a dust-blanketed old one. It's one that's been wedged in the back of my shelf since the summer of 1964: The Official Guide to the New York World's Fair.
The most important question, in keeping with the spirit of this briefing, is if the Space Commando's cybernetic and genetic augmentations count as weaponry?
As we look ahead at a world with computers literally affixed to people's eyes, let's make sure not to forget the importance of the people behind the screens.
When I went to Eugene's website to test out his chops, Eugene asked me where I was from, and I replied "New York." He then -- implying that I was being self-involved -- asked if I wanted to know where he was from.
I've always regarded asteroids as somewhat like dinosaurs: mildly interesting and faintly dangerous. But I'm now thinking that they might be a profitable real estate investment.
I don't think it should matter so much how extraordinary our lives are at 21, so long as we collect as many of those delusional little moments of focus when, briefly, you feel like the whole mess of it all somehow makes complete sense.
Which future will we shape for ourselves, with both our great machines, and our great inward journey?
Reinvention has unseated innovation as the it word for our times. If you spend any time at all looking for it, you'll notice it's everywhere.
It's great that women's empowerment groups are flourishing. But the physical world is still built by men.
Be aware and more careful of what you do and say online. If you don't want it printed in a headline for all to see, don't write it. Take time occasionally to remove previous posts, comments, photos, and likes. Better still, delete accounts for social networks you no longer use.
One of the lessons we teach our children is simply this: "If you make that decision now, you will have to live with the consequences later." It is a lesson about the need to consider the implications of a decision. It is a lesson we seem to have neglected in our national life.
Yes, life in America has gotten better and better in the years after WWII, despite some blips here and there. But can we really assume that's how it will always be?
For everyday wines, 2014 will be a buyer's market.
The problem is that we all look at people in their pivotal moments and wish or dream of being in the same position. But we lack the experience to understand that these moments do not just appear.
If a half-century's worth of sci-fi B-movies and Jetsons reruns have taught us anything, it's that it is impossible to accurately predict the future. Cars still don't fly, nobody teleports anywhere and there's still no such thing as a lunar colony.
At the Clinton Global Initiative this year, we were reminded that although people are multiplying, resources are not. Local African elephants populati...