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20,000 years from now, what will the future generations of archeologists be digging up? While the obvious food item would be the long-lived Twinkie, technology wise there are a ton of interesting items to puzzle future researchers. I mean, what the heck are they going to think of USB cables and iPads?
Going a little back in time from our current era, the people at Bughouse have created what they call “Future Fossils” out of cast cement. The individually cast and color stained pieces represent some of the most desirable and iconic hardware from days gone by, from the Atari joystick, to the twin lens Rolleiflex and the Olympus OM-1. The life-sized sculptures are sure to stick around for quite a while… and look very good doing it too.
Each piece is available for between $65 and $125 (excepting the large and complex turntable which goes for a cool $495), making them more expensive, but longer lived than there fully functional brethren (maybe with the exception of their plastic bits). For more info and a load of other highly desirable and available art, check out the LA based art and design studio Bughouse.
The past, of course, has a long history of envisioning the future and presaging its inventions — which is to be expected in a culture of combinatorial creativity where ideas build upon other ideas.
In 1964, legendary science fiction writer, inventor, and futurist Arthur C. Clarke predicted the future with astounding accuracy, presaging everything from telecommuting to the digital convergence. It turns out he predicted the future in even more granular detail in his 1968 novel-turned-Kubrick-classic 2001 A Space Odyssey, where in Chapter 9 he describes the “newspad” — a strikingly prescient vision for the iPad.
“When [Floyd] had tired of official reports, memoranda and minutes, he would plug his foolscap-sized Newspad into the ship’s information circuit and scan the latest reports from Earth. One by one, he would conjure up the world’s major electronic papers. He knew the codes of the more important ones by heart and had no need to consult the list on the back of his pad. Switching to the display’s short-term memory, he would hold the front page while he searched the headlines and noted the items that interested him.
Each had its own two-digit reference. When he punched that, a postage-sized rectangle would expand till it neatly filled the screen and he could read it with comfort. When he finished he could flash back to the complete page and select a new subject for detailed examination.
Floyd sometimes wondered if the Newspad, and the fantastic technology behind it, was the last word in man’s quest for perfect communications. Here he was, far out in space, speeding away from Earth at thousands of miles an hour, yet in a few milliseconds he could see the headlines of any newspaper he pleased. (That very word “newspaper,” of course, was an anachronistic hangover into the age of electronics.) The text was updated automatically on every hour; even if one read only the English versions, one could spend an entire lifetime doing nothing but absorbing the ever-changing flow of information from the news satellites.”
The iPad was released in 2010, two years after Clarke’s death.