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
Where are our petabyte drives? Brian Hayes takes us through the reasons storage is “stuck” in the low terabytes. The tl;dr is that we got such exceptional capacity growth in the late 90s and early 00s we don’t need much more right now, so the focus since then has been on SSDs, networking, interfaces, etc, […]
Amélie Lamont, a former staffer at website-hosting startup Squarespace, writes that she often found herself disregarded and disrespected by her colleagues. One comment in particular, though, set her reeling — and came to exemplify her experiences there.
In this episode of the Flash Forward podcast we travel to a future where humans have decided to eradicate the most dangerous animal on the planet: mosquitos. How would we do it? Is it even possible? And what are the consequences? Flash Forward: RSS | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook | Web | Patreon We […]
Almost everyone has their smartphone in a case of one kind or another. Beyond simple protection, finding a case that can charge your phone on its own, but doesn’t feel like it’s also adding a couple pounds to the phone’s weight is the tricky part. Billed as the world’s thinnest battery case, the ThinCharge iPhone […]
You never know when new projects, ideas or opportunities can drop into your lap at a moment’s notice. That may require you to learn a new programming language like Python. Or maybe you need a primer on 3D game development. Or you might realize you could use a serious brush-up on iOS mobile creation.Point is, […]
Isn’t it about time to stretch what your Mac can do? I mean, you’ve got plenty of great programs now…but don’t you think you could use some new tools to get your creative, analytical and organizational juices really flowing? It’s spring, so we cleaned up a whole bunch of super-cool apps lying around and packaged […]