What will everyday life look like in five, 10 or 25 years?
Writer and filmmaker Luke Kingma of Futurism Studios (owned by renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity University) teamed up with multimedia artist Lou Patrick Mackay to illustrate their irreverent vision of the future in the recently released Futurism: Cartoons from Tomorrow: A Futuristic Comic Collection.
Futurists tend to fall into one of two camps.
First, there are the techno-optimists, who fervently believe technology will save humanity from the perils and pitfalls of an analog world. Imagine a Harvard-educated entrepreneur who presumes that humankind will invariably use social media for good.
Then there are the techno-pessimists, who warn that technology will destabilize and destroy civilized society. Imagine an eccentric automobile tycoon who presumes artificial intelligence will relegate us to the ranks of lesser primates.
With Cartoons from Tomorrow, the creators posit a third camp—the techno-realists. They believe that technology will be subject to the awkward and messy inclinations of the human condition. —Luke Kingma