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Design Fiction: ‘A History of the Future in 100 Objects’

A History of the Future in 100 Objects by Adrian Hon, describes a hundred slices of the future of everything, spanning politics, technology, art, religion, and entertainment. Some of the objects are described by future historians; others through found materials, short stories, or dialogues, but they all come from a very real future.

The by-product of a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign back in 2011, this book is a collection of 100 bite-size stories of the future of everything, spanning politics, technology, art, religion, and entertainment.offering a plausible speculative into the future. This book offers a hybrid of fact and informed speculation, presenting a journey through the near future of humankind by means of the artefacts we might leave behind.

These are stories of a possible future, stories of life and death and love and war and science and faith and exploration and despair and hope. It’s about what it means to be human in a century where humanity has never mattered more. And, like all science fiction, it’s about the hopes and fears we have today.

[Wired Magazine, 2013]

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What are the 100 objects , ideas, projects and events that future historians will use to sum up our  21st century?

Smart drugs that change the way we think?

A javelin thrown by an ‘enhanced’ Paralympian, far further than any normal human?

Virtual reality interrogation equipment used by police forces?

A wedding ring between a human and an AI?

A cure for hate?

If you are interested in speculative design,this book would be a great read. Available here

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