Forum Quotes

Biomimicry and Eco-Friendly 3-D Printing

September 5, 2014 in Forum Quotes

The reason why I say biomimicry is a movement rather than solely a new technological trend is that it appears to be informed by an ethos that seems to me at least to have a basis in ethics — that we learn from nature, and refrain from exploiting nature.

Author
Vandana Singh is a science fiction author and assistant professor of physics at Framingham State College. Her short stories, which most recently include “Peripateia” (2013), “Cry of the Kharchal” (2013), “With Fate Conspire” (2013), and “A Handful of Rice” (2012), frequently appear in Year’s Best and other anthologies. She also writes poetry as well as novels and short stories for children.

Longer-Than-Lifetime-Projects

September 5, 2014 in Forum Quotes

Many institutions have lasted multiple lifetimes—religions, cities, universities, militaries, a very few corporations—and often that was the intent, but these were not beginning-middle-end projects. What is so worth building that multiple generations would feel inspired to bear down on it for lifetimes?

– Stewart Brand

Author

The Future of Agriculture

September 5, 2014 in Forum Quotes

The question is what synergistic technologies can we deploy to halt and then reverse the effect of human agriculture on the land? And, what would Earth look like if agriculture were offloaded, either to vertical farms or, in Gerard K. O’Neill’s vision, to orbital farms?

Author
Karl Schroeder divides his time between writing fiction and analyzing the future impact of science and technology on society. He is the author of nine novels and has pioneered a new mode of writing that blends fiction and rigorous futures research: Crisis in Zefra (2005) and Crisis in Urlia (2011) were commissioned by the Canadian army as research tools. Karl holds a master’s degree in strategic foresight and innovation from OCAD University in Toronto.

Urban Sustainability

September 5, 2014 in Forum Quotes

I would like to see more green fiction. In some of the stories that I have attempted, the current “green” fad has matured into genuine policy level cultural priority and established business practice, as well as a staple concern of urban planning. How can we make our cities more sustainable? Make urban areas coexist with the natural ecosystem rather than dominate it?

Author

Mad Scientist Island

September 4, 2014 in Forum Quotes

It’d be nice to start with a clean slate, without the pressure to make everything make work with existing systems, conform to building codes, or have to make money or sense this year. But I think that such a place, if it existed, would need oversight.

– Michael Burnam-Fink

Author

The Drone Commons

September 4, 2014 in Forum Quotes

I believe that the most important question we face about the future of the Internet is who will win political and economic control over the networks, platforms, and software upon which we increasingly depend.

Author
Lee Konstantinou is a novelist and scholar of post–World War II U.S. fiction. He serves as associate editor for fiction and criticism at the Los Angeles Review of Books and is an assistant professor in the department of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. Lee is the author of the novel Pop Apocalypse (2009) and coeditor of The Legacy of David Foster Wallace (2012).