D4TC - The World of Tomorrow

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What is tomorrow really? A question we may get to reflect on a lot of times. What is a utopia? What is the future we get to visualize in our dreams and then later meet in our realities? Often times I’m sure we’ve encountered movies where the main character enters a utopia then later to realize it’s a dystopia instead.

Why is that? The film Tomorrowland captures this by introducing a wonderful utopian future to the main character who later realizes upon entering the city that it’s on the brink of collapse due to a visualization of the future. So she must then work and prove that there is indeed a better future for the world and this is where it ends, sharing the idea, that it is us who will shape our tomorrows.

World Fair

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s58WFI8T8sk

Often times we look to the future but not in the present where we work to lead up to the future. We often times reflect on our goals rather than the steps leading there, that we may end up doing something terrible for a better benefit for all.

Tomorrowland Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNzukD8pS_s

So going back to the articles that talks about the process of reaching the future I’ve come to dwell on several ideas that congregate on an idea of the future. Interrelated systems, global systems all related to the construction of a so called future held by a so called power source.

Both articles discuss futuristic plans for the future, from the present standpoint and one from the past. One such example is the Hudson yards construction thats going to explore various ways of how systems can be integrated with living. This would then be a model of the future for cities around the world. However it would be interesting to note that these systems can be overlooked and be treated badly if not analyzed on a deeper context.

What do I meant by this? Going back to the next article that discusses the internet in its purest form the Memex and the samples introduced at the worlds fair in the 1960’s brought about ideas and samples of technological innovations that later would take over our lives in the future. The memes was a way of evolving from a familiar indexing system of catalogs to something more digital which we now presently known as hyperlinks.

However the problems we face today, in regards to these technologies are how they’re used and how they interconnect us and bring anomalies and issues in regards to privacy and spreading of information. Because everything is accessible our psychological perception of information and the world may seem muddled with this intense overflow. This I feel was something we did not predict and it came as we progressed as a nation the world.

 

This brings me back to the Hudson yards smart city example. Can we really predict the future utopia for us? Will it really solve all our problems or will it bring more problems, ones that we cannot account for in the world of our tomorrow.