The Futurological Congress is one of the best by master storyteller Stanislaw Lem. A tale of social politics and absurdist humor, this is a worthy read.
Intrepid space explorer Ijon Tichy kept a series of memoirs. This gem tells the tale of Tichy's attendance at the Eigth Futurological Congress, in Costa Rica. The fantastic conference is interrupted by just the sort of thing postulated by the attendees, a coup d'etat! Injured and put into stasis, when Tichy is awoken years later he gets to see which futurists were right about what.
It is easy to forget when and where Lem's stories were written. While picture perfect for 1971 Poland, the methods of population control employed in The Futurological Congress run parallel to stories we're seeing in America today.
I also love his cover art.
The Futurological Congress: From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy by Stanislaw Lem
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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The Lytro Illum dares to be different, boasting even more robust features than its first generation predecessor and a sleek design reminiscent of professional DSLRs. What’s so cool about it? Most cameras capture the position of light rays, producing a statoc 2D image.