Most people who have known me for some time know that I have a love of steampunk. Besides being terribly pretty (I am admittedly a huge sucker for Victorian style) it presents a intriguing insight into how the past viewed the future, or in our case, today. It takes a highly creative mind to imagine realities and possibilities that do not yet exist, and even more so to base them on plausible scenarios and cutting edge science.
Artistic and societal trends have historically swung between the two extremes of romanticizing / referencing the past and looking towards / shaping the future. While it is important to learn from and appreciate the heretofore, it is far more useful, culturally advancing, and paradigm-shifting to look towards the hereafter. In honor of and to be inspired by forward thinking, I am writing this three part blog series: future imperfect (bonus geek points to whoever gets this reference without using Google). In part one we will take a look at early futurist movements throughout history and how these visions panned out. In part two, we will explore more modern futurists as part of the period in history defined as the ‘futurist’ movement and how these standards hold up today. Finally in part three, we’ll look at current visions of the future.