If you're under 40 years of age, you probably never heard about the original "House of the Future" that was in Disneyland from 1957-1967, constructed by Monsanto (yeah, they were "cool" and worked towards the benefit of man, long, long ago). I saw it when I was a kid; it was one of the most fantastic houses I've ever seen--it had a wall-sized television, a microwave oven to cook food in minutes... all sorts of innovations that were unheard of in the early 1960s, but you may find in your home, today. (In typical Walt Disney fashion, it was supposed to be 30 years ahead of the times--and it was). Beautiful design and made of plastic (interesting note is that this plastic design was so strong, when they went to knock it down with a wrecking ball--the ball just bounced off!)
The latest attempt, done by Microsoft, HP and Lifeware, is nothing more than a conventional ranch home loaded with high-tech electronics and NO vision of the future at all, just a $15 million dollar marketing showcase for these companies, which is often closed due to "technical difficulties" (like the blue screen of death on various appliances!) You can read about that in the above-mentioned article. What I want to mention here is a comment that O'Rourke made, concerning the future:
Being in the over-50s generation, I've noticed that--not just with Disney's Tomorrowland, but also with media, in general."Denigration of the future has become an intellectual prop over the past 40 years. Looking forward went out of fashion about the time that Buckminster Fuller’s audacious geodesic domes, meant to cover entire cities, wound up as hippie-height, wobbling, tent-sized structures on Mendocino County pot communes.
Bruce Handy, writing in Time about Disney’s reopening of a deliberately out-of-date Tomorrowland in 1998, began his essay with the sentence, “The future isn’t what it used to be.” He went on, “It’s not a novel observation to point out that our culture has become increasingly backward looking.”
Well, given the future envisioned in Disney’s House of the Future, who can blame us for looking the other way?
Disney’s Tomorrowland is deeply, thoroughly, almost furiously unimaginative. This isn’t the fault of the “Disney culture”; it is the fault of our culture. We seem to have entered a deeply unimaginative era."
Classic Star Trek, from same era of the House of the Future, shows a bright future for mankind--one where man has learned to live in peace and to devote his intelligence and activities to exploring strange, new worlds... until the NWO got a hold of it in the latest films, sent someone back in time and rewrote all of history to a violent, oppressive future where even the peaceful Vulcan homeworld has been destroyed. (Don't get me going on Enterprise deVulcanized the Vulcans that made them into petty, green-faced humans!)
The Tomorrow People are another example; in the old series, there were some time-travel episodes that showed that mankind evolved into a peaceful, ethical and telepathic species working with other races on the Galactic Trig. The remake of the series shows nothing more than a "survival adaptation" of psionic ability--in other words, better, built in, telekinetic "claws"--weapons, not a tool to advance mankind.
I have to agree with O'Rourke concerning the denigration of the future--media is making the future look so bad that no one wants to think about it, so they dwell in the past or present. Knowing something of the timelines, if you want the future to go into some, specific direction--you have to see where it is you want to go. These days, people don't look past their eyelids--it's like trying to drive a car with the windows blacked out. You cannot see any of the surrounding landscape, know where you've been or where you are heading--it is all controlled by an outside influence.
And this "denigration" appears to be a premeditated act. The future is the path forward, through 3-dimensional time. It is also the realm of the anima, the soul. The "future" for the anima is hope, so not only is this the denigration of the future, but the death of hope. No hope, no desires, no future--the perfect slave.
I can certainly understand why there is so much ET/ED "hope porn" these days; man can no longer steer his own course and needs that external influence to tow him around. Apparently, he has gotten so lazy, that he won't turn the windshield wipers on to clear the view. It is no wonder we need AI to do the thinking for man, as in the "re-envisioned" house of the future, where the house will tell you what to cook for dinner and what to wear to the party. Sounds like a comfortable life, after all, "no brain, no pain." (Makes me ponder if all this "data mining" going on is an attempt to preserve the last bits of knowledge that humanity has produced, before we become a complete Idiocracy.)
I was just wondering if anyone here, outside of LoneBear, actually had a positive vision of the future... one that does not require a "savior" or natural disaster to turn things around (Project Blue Beam stuff)? Or has man made the choice to have no future???