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  • How Not to Predict the Future

    12/30/2016 4:01:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Real Clear Future ^ | October 13, 2016 | Rob Tracinski, editor
    When you spend a lot of time thinking about emerging technology, you begin to notice certain things that are naturally just assumed to be true about the future, as if everyone just knows them. These ideas are so widespread and infrequently challenged that they come to seem inevitable. These are also things that a lot of people really want to be true. What a coincidence. So we take for granted that electric cars are the future, and the internal combustion engine is on the way out. That we're going to power everything with renewable energy, especially solar, and oil is...
  • Alvin Toffler, 'Future Shock' Author Who Predicted Disconnection of Modern World, Dies at 87

    06/29/2016 10:45:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    NBC News ^ | JUN 29 2016 | Alex Johnson
    Alvin Toffler, the far-seeing futurist who predicted humanity's rising anxiety with digital and technological progress in his hugely influential 1970 book "Future Shock," has died at the age of 87, his consulting company confirmed Wednesday. Toffler — who is also credited with having coined the term "information overload" to describe people's struggle to keep up with exponentially expanding data — died Monday night at his home in Los Angeles, Toffler Associates said in a statement it released at the request of Toffler's widow, Heidi Toffler. No cause of death was given. Alvin Toffler during a talk at the Astrobiology Roadmap...
  • How Futurist Bob Gurr Shaped Disneyland’s Past

    05/20/2015 1:23:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Magazine ^ | May 18, 2015 | Chris Nichols
    Gurr test-driving an early prototype of his Autopia vehicle in 1955.George Clooney may get top billing in his new film, Tomorrowland, but design visionary Gurr is the real star.In his 27 years as a Disney Imagineer, Bob Gurr was known for doing the impossible: He designed a submarine fleet, the cars of Autopia, and the Monorail that soars above the park on a single beam. With the opening of Tomorrowland in 1955, Gurr shaped a vision of the future (1986 to be exact) that still feels out of reach. Six decades after Gurr began creating ride vehicles for the theme...
  • Why I’m Running for President As the Transhumanist Candidate

    05/10/2015 2:26:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | May 7, 2015 | Zoltan Istvan
    It’s a wild request to ask a nation to consider electing you as their president, especially when you’re a transhumanist—someone who advocates for using science and technology to radically change and improve the human species. But I’m doing it. Last October, I declared my 2016 US candidacy under the newly formed Transhumanist Party, which I founded, and promised my community of techno-optimists I’d do everything I could to use my campaign as a way to speed up the arrival of robotic hearts, brain implants, artificial limbs, exoskeleton suits, and indefinite lifespans—all of which are just a small part of the...
  • Reactionless Space Drive Being Tested

    05/01/2015 4:42:00 PM PDT · by Thud · 45 replies
    IO9 ^ | April 30, 2015 | George Dvorsky
    "Last year, NASA’s advanced propulsion research wing made headlines by announcing the successful test of a physics-defying electromagnetic drive, or EM drive. Now, this futuristic engine, which could in theory propel objects to near-relativistic speeds, has been shown to work inside a space-like vacuum. NASA Eagleworks made the announcement quite unassumingly via NASASpaceFlight.com. There’s also a major discussion going on about the engine and the physics that drives it at the site’s forum." ... "The NASASpaceflight.com group has given consideration to whether the experimental measurements of thrust force were the result of an artifact. Despite considerable effort within the NASASpaceflight.com...
  • America in fifty years. Opinions?

    02/19/2015 10:25:00 AM PST · by LouAvul · 143 replies
    Some of us remember America of fifty years ago. Vastly, vastly different than what we see now. In your opinion, what will America be in another fifty years?
  • The rise of data and the death of politics

    07/21/2014 7:06:12 AM PDT · by scouter · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7/19/2014 | Evgeny Morozov
    Tech pioneers in the US are advocating a new data-based approach to governance – 'algorithmic regulation'. But if technology provides the answers to society's problems, what happens to governments?... Compared with the impressive police gear of today – automatic number plate recognition, CCTV cameras, GPS trackers – Operation Corral looks quaint. And the possibilities for control will only expand. European officials have considered requiring all cars entering the European market to feature a built-in mechanism that allows the police to stop vehicles remotely. Speaking earlier this year, Jim Farley, a senior Ford executive, acknowledged that "we know everyone who breaks...
  • Real Doomsday: Earth Dead in 2.8 Billion Years

    07/02/2013 7:42:10 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies
    Discovery ^ | July 2, 2013 | Ray Villard
    Real Doomsday: Earth Dead in 2.8 Billion Years The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jaggar crooned “Time Is On My Side” in the 1964 classic rock hit of the same title. Sadly, that’s not the case for habitable planets orbiting sun-like stars according to a recent computer simulation by astrobiologist Jack O’Malley-James of the University of St Andrews in the United Kingdom. “A combination of slow and rapid environmental changes will result in the extinction of all species on Earth, with the last inhabitants disappearing within 2.8 billion years from now,” O’Malley-James predicts. He says that we’ve got about 2 billion years...
  • (FAIL) What Futurists in 1988 Imagined Los Angeles Would Be Like in 2013

    03/16/2013 5:47:02 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    IO9 ^ | March 16, 2013 | Lauren Davis
    What futurists in 1988 imagined Los Angeles would be like in 2013 With the year 2013 a quarter of a century away, the Los Angeles Times in 1988 asked 30 futurists and other experts what they thought life in their city would look like in 2013. They may have overshot the sophistication of our robots, but many of those predictions for 2013 have come true—or at least come close. Reporter Nicole Yorkin wrote the futurism pieces for the April 3, 1988 issue of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, compiling the information from her various interviews. The articles include illustrations by...
  • Real-life Futurama tube-transport will catapult you from New York to Beijing in 2 hours

    04/20/2012 7:42:53 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 48 replies
    IO9 ^ | Apr 18, 2012 | Robert T. Gonzalez
    Real-life Futurama tube-transport will catapult you from New York to Beijing in 2 hours The Simpsons have the monorail. Futurama has the Tube Transport System. The difference is that tube-transport is a fantasy — at least for now. The folks at ET3 want to make what they call "Evacuated Tube Transport" a reality. Their proposed maglev system would be capable of propelling six-person-capacity cylinders to speeds of over 4000 miles per hour, making it possible for people to travel from New York to L.A. in just 45 minutes, or from New York to Beijing in two hours. What's more, ET3...
  • Before Harold Camping, There Was Chuck Smith

    05/24/2011 6:46:25 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 19 replies
    American Vision ^ | May 24, 2011 | Gary DeMar
    On December 31, 1979, Smith told those who had gathered on the last day of that year that the rapture would take place before the end of 1981. He went on to say that because of ozone depletion Revelation 16:8 would be fulfilled during the tribulation period: “And the fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun; and it was given to it to scorch men with fire.” In addition, Halley’s Comet would pass near earth in 1986 and would wreak havoc on those left behind as debris from its million-mile-long tail pummeled the planet.[5] Here’s how Smith explained...
  • Why Modern-Day Prophecy Theorists are More Dangerous than Harold Camping

    05/23/2011 7:20:22 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 53 replies
    American Vision ^ | May 23, 2011 | Gary DeMar
    How is it possible that most evangelical critics of Harold Camping are more dangerous than the failed prognosticator? For the simple reason that it’s no longer May 21, 2011, and Harold Camping will be relegated to the dust bin of prophetic history, but prophecy prognosticators will continue to abound by claiming that Jesus is still coming “soon” even if we don’t know the “day and hour.” In nearly every article I’ve read by evangelicals denouncing Camping, they still claim that all the signs are in place for Jesus’ “soon” return. Here are some examples: Even though Tim LaHaye denounced Camping’s...
  • Is a “Cashless Society” a Sign of the End?

    02/21/2011 1:42:36 PM PST · by topcat54 · 135 replies
    American Vision ^ | July 20, 2009 | Gary DeMar
    I’m beginning to see that prophetic speculation is taking place on the fringes of the Christian publishing industry. Of course, you will still find the occasional prophetic pot-boiler. Mark Hitchcock writes a couple of prophecy books a year. They are mostly exercises in “newspaper exegesis,” driven more by current events than the Bible. Consider these three, all to be published in 2009: The Late Great United States (Multnomah), 2012, the Bible, and the End of the World (Harvest House), and Cashless: Bible Prophecy, Economic Chaos, and the Future Financial Order (Harvest House). How do you go from The Late Great...
  • Egypt in Biblical Prophecy

    02/16/2011 7:12:24 AM PST · by topcat54 · 201 replies
    American Vision ^ | February 16, 2011 | Gary DeMar
    Mark Hitchcock, a contemporary prophecy writer, references Smith’s calculation that “there are approximately 250 verses in the Old Testament that, at the time they were given, were prophecies of events yet to take place in Egypt.”[2] Nothing is said about any verses from the New Testament that deal with Egypt’s end-time place in prophecy. In fact, there is not a single verse in the New Testament that mentions anything about a prophetic role for any mid-eastern nation, including Israel! This means that the burden of proof is on the futurist to prove that Old Testament prophetic passages related to Egypt...
  • Hoping and Praying for Gog and Magog to Attack

    06/07/2010 7:28:42 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 297 replies · 419+ views
    American Vision ^ | June 7, 2010 | Gary DeMar
    I knew it would happen. The latest incident in Israel has brought out the prophetic speculators again. “A council of rabbis in Israel says their nation’s conflict with Turkey over a flotilla of ‘aid’ ships headed for the blockaded Gaza Strip controlled by the terrorist Hamas organization just may be the beginning of the ‘Gog and Magog process where the world is against us, but which ends with the third and final redemption’” (see here ). Picking up on the story, Christian prophecy speculator Joel Rosenberg takes a similar position but with some caution: There is growing interest in the...
  • GOD'S TWO WITNESSES: REVELATION 11

    12/30/2009 5:53:53 PM PST · by freedomyes · 3 replies · 528+ views
    Allvoices ^ | Dec 30 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    Jesus informs John that Gentile pagans will have their diabolical way in Jerusalem for the last half (42 months divided by 12 equals three-and-a-half years) of the about-seven year Tribulation period, the latter closing out the Church Age. The Church Age began with the First Coming of Christ. The Church Age will conclude with the Second Coming of Christ. The “trampling” includes the AntiChrist desecrating the next Temple to be constructed as well as laying low by his armies’ might the city of Jerusalem.
  • Dealing with Straw Man Eschatology

    12/08/2009 6:18:30 AM PST · by topcat54 · 12 replies · 416+ views
    American Vision ^ | Dec 08, 2009 | Gary DeMar
    In the Preterist view, God has canceled every covenant with Israel. There is no future or significance for the Jewish people or Israel as a nation. There is no fulfillment of the Davidic covenant. There is no reign of Messiah from a throne in Jerusalem. All of God’s promises to Israel have been nullified. Israel has been replaced by the church. —Dr. Robert Heidler The above assessment of preterism is inaccurate, mistaken, erroneous, wrong, incorrect, false, bogus, and misinformed. Have I missed anything? How about flawed and untrue? One would call Heidler’s understanding of preterism as it relates to...
  • Speculate with me

    11/13/2009 11:25:00 AM PST · by Will not Live for another Man · 20 replies · 442+ views
    vanity | 11/13/2009 | me
    I had a couple of minutes at lunch today to ask myself, "What would it take to balance the federal budget in a reasonable amount of time?" My idea of reasonable was 50-100 years, at a 3% interest rate. The governement would have to run surpluses of ~$400B a year each and every year to do this... for Freepers who enjoy variations, every 1% interest rate change is worth about $100B per year. With that as prolouge and understanding that we are running a $1.4T deficit at the moment, I'd like to ask you all for scenarios of what would...
  • Who has the Real “Anti-Semitic Bent”?

    10/13/2009 1:38:21 PM PDT · by topcat54 · 16 replies · 664+ views
    American Vision ^ | Oct 13, 2009 | Gary DeMar
    After writing “Debunking ‘Last Days Fever’ at Charisma” I received the following from a friend who got an email from someone who did not like my article. Here’s a portion of what the critic wrote: I have preached through the Book of Revelation twice, verse-by-verse, in a 38 message series. I study the Greek New Testament nearly every day. I do not profess to know everything, but I am 100% convinced that Preterism is a fable and patently unbiblical. Gary North, Hank Hanegraaff, Demar [sic] and others flat out do not know what they are talking about. Many of them,...
  • Debunking “Last Days Fever” at Charisma

    10/05/2009 8:47:16 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 31 replies · 934+ views
    American Vision ^ | Oct 05, 2009 | Gary DeMar
    “ Charisma magazine provides news, analysis, prophetic commentary and teachings for charismatic and Pentecostal Christians.” Lee Grady, who came out of the Maranatha movement of the 1980s, is its editor. Since I don’t follow what goes on among charismatics, I can’t comment on all the diversity of opinion that’s in the movement, and there is a lot of it. The charismatic movement is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get doctrinally. That’s what makes Charisma magazine so intriguing. Sometimes the magazine tackles subjects that other magazines won’t touch with a ten-foot poll. One of...