Category Archives: dystopia

The weaponised SUV set to terrify America’s streets

The extreme features of the Reznavi Vengeance – including electrified door handles and blinding strobe lights – are wholly in tune with lethal trends in the US market

One thing oddly missing from the Vengeance (priced from $285,000, rising to $499,000 with all the extras) is a rear windscreen, because of course that would be unsafe. Instead, drivers are treated to a live video rear-view mirror and a front camera overlaid with “augmented reality”. Perhaps it shows an imaginary zombie army for you to mow down on your way to the mall.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2023/jan/25/pepper-spray-school-run-apocalyptic-suv-reznavi-vengeange?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

How the Porsche NFT Drop Crashed and Burned

Collectors called the expensive NFT mint “clueless” but the sports car brand went ahead anyway, yielding a Web3 wreck in progress.

Porsche’s project focused on the German automaker’s iconic 911 sports car, with a planned drop of 7,500 Ethereum NFTs that would celebrate the vehicle and allow holders access to events and exclusive merchandise. It would also let crypto-savvy car junkies vaguely “help design Porsche’s future in the virtual world.”

https://decrypt.co/119912/porsche-nft-drop-crashed-burned

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The Mars Religion

The goal of this essay is to persuade you that we shouldn’t send human beings to Mars, at least not anytime soon. Landing on Mars with existing technology would be a destructive, wasteful stunt whose only legacy would be to ruin the greatest natural history experiment in the Solar System. It would no more open a new era of spaceflight than a Phoenician sailor crossing the Atlantic in 500 B.C. would have opened up the New World. And it wouldn’t even be that much fun.

https://idlewords.com/2023/1/why_not_mars.htm

Speculative Journalism Can Help Us Prepare for What’s to Come. Could It Also Promote Misinformation?

By using science fiction to illustrate future worlds, speculative journalism can help audiences think about what’s to come—or at least what’s possible to come—in more concrete terms – Yuko Shimizu

https://niemanreports.org/articles/speculative-journalism/

On TikTok and online, the youngest workers are rejecting work as we know it. How will that play out IRL?

“I don’t want to be a girlboss. I don’t want to hustle,” declaimed another TikTok user. “I simply want to live my life slowly and lay down in a bed of moss with my lover and enjoy the rest of my existence reading books, creating art, and loving myself and the people in my life.”

https://www-vox-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.vox.com/platform/amp/the-highlight/22977663/gen-z-antiwork-capitalism

‘Permacrisis’ is a dictionary’s word of the year in ‘truly awful’ 2022

“Permacrisis,” which is defined as “an extended period of instability and insecurity” by the publisher, is one of a handful of words relating to the challenges posed by climate change, the war in Europe, a cost-of-living crisis and, in many quarters, political chaos. It was first used in academic contexts in the 1970s, according to Collins, but has seen a spike in use in recent months.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2022/11/01/permacrisis-2022-word-year-collins-dictionary/?utm_campaign=wp_post_most&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_most&carta-url=https%3A%2F%2Fs2.washingtonpost.com%2Fcar-ln-tr%2F3841f0a%2F636142d1f3d9003c5820ecb7%2F60d0fcf5ae7e8a415da561d2%2F36%2F70%2F636142d1f3d9003c5820ecb7&wp_cu=932b4ba40d7d56f19bf3cb9032785196%7CC54DE4E254AA3ED2E0530100007F7DCC

The Metaphysical War For The Metaverse We’re Already Losing

Virtual worlds should be as much of an expression of the people designing and living in them as possible. With the creator tools we already have and semi-open platforms like Roblox or Minecraft we can build pretty much anything within them. You could argue that even Minecraft obeys a little too much to the laws of the physical world but it wasn’t built as a metaverse platform so you can forgive it a little.

https://medium.com/@theo/the-metaphysical-war-for-the-metaverse-were-already-losing-ba576339a3e2