The word ‘futurist’ is used to describe a person who looks to and provides analysis of the future. Think of people like Jules Verne or H.G. Wells and the amazing things they’ve thought up. Well I’d also place modern day sci-fi writer Bruce Sterling in that category as well.
Sterling wrote his first book in 1977, a sort of sci-fi/futuristic Moby Dick. Nowadays though, he writes about our future, or at least the potentials and possibilities that are possible.
Currently he’s been writing a series of articles for Wired Magazine as Harvey Feldspar, a blogger/electronics nerd who’s blogging from the 2017. It’s a great read, as Sterling goes into detail the sort of gadgets and ideas that could be floating around in 10 years.
In fact, it’s amazing all of the things he thinks of. In the first entry he talks about getting a Sesicst-Tranzeo 3000, a device that features “automagical encrypted backups and the way that spectrum-scanning “keychain” pops open real locks”.