How Missy Elliott's Futurism Bested Us All

Missy Elliott's been at the top of our imaginations as of late: not only did she sweep the Superbowl, but is currently writing new music with Timbaland, as well as with JACK U, the EDM supergroup comprised of Diplo and Skrillex. She's been working behind the scenes for years—on production, on guest appearances,… » 2/11/15 2:40pm 2/11/15 2:40pm

The Future of Women on Earth May Be Darker Than You Thought

It's easy to get caught up in the internet gender war trainwreck, where we're still arguing over whether women belong in tech or rape victims are liars. But let's set that shit aside and take the long view: Do we have any evidence that the future will bring greater freedom to women, or should we expect more dystopia? » 1/02/15 4:25pm 1/02/15 4:25pm

Margaret Atwood Is Writing A Book That Will Be Published In 100 Years

A thousand spruce trees have just been planted in a forest near Oslo. In a century, the trees will be cut down and made into paper to print books that have never been read before. The project is called the Future Library, and Margaret Atwood has agreed to contribute the collection's first work. » 10/02/14 1:58pm 10/02/14 1:58pm

How Iran Became One of the World's Most Futuristic Countries

When we think about futurism, often we imagine cutting-edge technologies like bionic arms or weather machines for colonizing Mars. But if we really want to make it for another few centuries, we're going to need something that Iran has already got. » 5/02/14 4:39pm 5/02/14 4:39pm

Sex toys are getting smarter

The new movie Her imagines the future of sex with its romance between a man and his operating system. We may not be falling in love with artificial intelligences any time soon, but a new crop of twenty-first century sex toys could turn your next hookup into something like a videogame. » 1/01/14 5:32pm 1/01/14 5:32pm

Stella Loves Critters; Diane Von Furstenberg Is A Swinger

Modern Art

Although for most of her life Sonia Delaunay was known as the wife of artist Robert Delaunay, now she's celebrated in her own right as a founder of the "Orphism" movement, and represented in "Futurism" at the Tate Modern. [Obit] » 6/25/09 6:30pm 6/25/09 6:30pm