Owning the Future

sign with caption: It's gonna be the future soon
sign with caption: It's gonna be the future soon
January 1, 2017
(was 01.03.2016)

Why are we so obsessed with the future? Is it because we can't handle the present and all of our current problems, like climate change, racism and terrorism? That's one theory. We explore our fascination with the future in this hour.

  1. Why Are We Obsessed with the Future?

    In his new book, Canadian cultural critic Hal Niedzviecki makes the case that as a culture, we may for the first time in history be more focused on what is going to happen in the future than on what is happening right now.  He thinks it's a form of escapism.

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  2. You Too Can Predict the Future

    There's no shortage of forecasts about the future these days. We get them from meterologists, stock market analysts, among others. They make a living using complex algorithms to analyze reams of data. But did you know that ordinary people can out-predict the pros? Philip Tetlock is a political psychologist who spent 20 years studying expert judgment. He tells us how we can become better forecasters.

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  3. Why You're Spending Time Thinking About the Future in the Present

    Time speeds up and slows down in mysterious ways. A minute is always 60 seconds but it can seem like forever if you're waiting on line. Or like nothing at all if you're also playing Angry Birds. Science journalist Claudia Hammond unlocks some oft hese mysteries in a book called "Time Warped." Among them -- why we're so drawn to thinking about the future.

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  4. Kurt and Bernard Vonnegut in the House of Magic

    Kurt Vonnegut joined his brother, Bernard, at General Electric in the late 1940s. Bernard was a scientist working on cutting-edge weather-control technologies while Kurt worked in G.E.'s PR department. Ginger Strand explains how Kurt's time at G.E. influenced his fiction.

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