For the first hour or so, we will be discussing the short story Manna. It is one of the best stories I've ever read. It takes you on a journey to our near future and shows the drastic effects technology can have. It really gets you thinking! It takes about an hour to read but it is definitely worth it.
(free to read) link: http://marshallbrain.com/manna1.htm
An important part of being a futurist is using our imagination. As many of us get older, we spend a lot less time imagining the impossible. Someone living 1,000 years ago would call you insane if you told them that in the future they would be able to talk to anyone in the world, at any time. We have no idea what our world will look like in 1,000 years. We may discover new laws of physics or develop insane new technology that allow us to do things that right now, seem impossible.
To help break down our inherent belief that some futuristic technologies are "impossible," we will spend the second hour engaging in a thought experiment where we discuss the most ridiculous impossible or possible futuristic technologies. Let's stretch out those imagination muscles! The more ridiculous the better. Here’s a few:
Gadget to have a conversation with animals.
Shoes that allow you to jump to the clouds.
A full body suit that lets you fly.
A device that lets you replicate anything of any size, I’m talking planet replicators.
Anything! Try to think of 3 things but the more the better.
Thanks everyone, I'm looking forward to meeting you!