Possible Human Futures

General Futures information:

Science Fiction’s 2012“:  Salon article featuring letters from SF authors and scientists of 1987, predicting what the world might look like 25 years later in 2012.

Population controls ‘will not solve environment issues‘” BBC Article 27Oct2014

Yes, we may all be living in the Matrix, say physicists.”

On the BBC:  Column “Will we ever…?”

Relevant Carl Sagan quote:


Parable of the Sower and Children of Men:

Q: How do I annotate a poem?   A: Begin by reading it through once (aloud is good, but not required).  Underline any words/lines that immediately jump out at you, and note down the thoughts they evoke (ex. “this line reminds me of this movie I saw,” or “this part reminds me of my grandpa,” etc.–feel free to use shorthand).  Next, go back through and look for patterns: A “lexicon” is a group of related words (ex. the lexicon of night might include words like death, dark, stars, moon, etc.) that can create a pattern, along with rhythm and rhyme.  You can use WILDS to assist you in this. Finally, using the rest of your notes, comment on your final thoughts.


2001:A Space Odyssey and Brave New World:

The Turing Test: Link to wikipedia.org entry  (See also: The Uncanny Valley)

2001: A Space Odyssey Essay prompts

2001 Notes (Edelen)

BBC Article: “Next generation military robots have minds of their own”:  This concept (as with many of the concepts in 2001) will also be relevant to the next unit, and will be cross-posted on the Robots & AI page.


Short Stories:

“The Sentinel” by Arthur C. Clarke.  This story was the inspiration for 2001: A Space Odyssey and served as the original basis for the novel and screenplay.  (Available in textbooks in class)

“The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury(pdf)(Used in the intro to P.H.F.)

“The Cold Equations” by Tom Godwin (docx) OR read the story on this website. (Paired with Parable of the Sower)

“Jamboree” by Jack Williamson–not available online.  Hard copies available from Ms. Clark in class. (Paired with Parable of the Sower)

The story Tyler shared on 11/1/12: “The Egg” by Andy Weir