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Ask Slashdot: What essays and short stories should be in a course on futurism?

Ellen Spertus (31819) writes | about 8 months ago


Ellen Spertus (31819) writes "I'll be teaching an interdisciplinary college course on how technology is changing the world and how students can influence that change. In addition to teaching the students how to create apps, I'd like for us to read and discuss short stories and essays about how the future (next 40 years) might play out. For example, we'll read excerpts from David Brin's Transparent Society and Ray Kurzweil's The Singularity is Near. I'm also considering excerpts of Cory Doctorow's Homeland and Neil Stephenson's Diamond Age. What other suggestions do Slashdotters have?"

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Novel (1)

Spazmania (174582) | about 8 months ago | (#46340125)

How about a full novel? David Brin's Earth is science fiction, but the future earth he envisioned is remarkably close to the earth we have. In 1990, he even predicted Google Glass.

Re:Novel (1)

Ellen Spertus (31819) | about 8 months ago | (#46341783)

Thanks for the suggestion, but the amount of reading I can assign them is limited. I've been thinking of another David Brin story/excerpt, The Smartest Mob [] . I agree he's a great writer.

Try this Ellen (1)

AHuxley (892839) | about 8 months ago | (#46340255)

Why the future doesn't need us. by Bill Joy []

Re:Try this Ellen (1)

Ellen Spertus (31819) | about 8 months ago | (#46341793)

Excellent idea! I definitely will use it. It's a great contrast to Kurzweil and other techno-utopians. Thanks!
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