Dystopia as Clickbait: Science Fiction, Doomscrolling, and Reviving the Idea of the Future

This spring, the fashion house Balenciaga launched its latest line with a fictional news broadcast from dystopia. Repurposing the uncanny valley as virtual runway, the video features prosthetically altered models with blackened mouths speaking in electronic blurts over a grim techno soundtrack, pantomiming headlines from a world of disappearing water, robot control, and planets realigning—all while wearing austerely futuristic new couture apparently designed to aesthetically summon this grim tomorrow into being, as the conceptual chyron crawl scrolls enigmatic koans like “In space humans cannot cry,” “Mushrooms have thousands of genders,” and (perhaps grimmest of all) “It’s always Fashion Week somewhere.” While it may not make you want to buy the clothes, it provides another remarkable example of people explaining what it feels like to be alive right now through reference to our darkest science fictions.

You don’t need to trawl avant-fashion shows to find it—just check your news feed.


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Is It a Good Idea?

  • The Pentagon and Elon Musk’s SpaceX are teaming up to examine using rockets to send cargo around the world.
  • Rockets would allow the U.S. military to send equipment and supplies to virtually any place on Earth in minutes.
  • Although it’s an attractive proposition, there are lots of downsides—starting with the astronomical cost.

    The Pentagon’s Transportation Command and Elon Musk’s SpaceX are teaming up to examine using rockets to ship cargo through space. The plan raises the prospect of sending urgently needed supplies to U.S. troops anywhere on Earth, within minutes. While the idea is technically feasible, there are several factors, including cost and preparation time, that could make it unworkable.

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    A rocket ship blasting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California could theoretically enter low-Earth orbit and reenter the atmosphere pretty

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    Moonshot Idea: Ambassadors for science – Business – Columbus CEO

    The power of scientific knowledge can serve as the great equalizer for the future. What we do now to prepare our youth who are most at risk of getting left behind will echo for generations to come.

    Our youth are our future, and what we do today to grow science literacy will shape that future. According to Pew Research Center, only 30 percent of Americans seek out scientific news, and on international tests, the U.S. stands, at best, in the middle of the pack on science and math scores.

    As John Adams famously stated, “facts are stubborn things,” and the lack of trust in science coupled with our setbacks in preparing the next generation in science-based fields raises an alarm. It illustrates that now is our moment to act for science literacy.

    As we navigate this unprecedented moment, the future of Columbus will be defined by our ability—across racial and

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    Microsoft has a brilliant new idea for working from home. You may not like it

    Microsoft Teams

    The happiness of the commute?

    Image: Microsoft

    I very much admire Microsoft’s recent lurch toward humanity.

    Since Satya Nadella became CEO, he’s shown a recognition that human elements can incite better organizations.

    When it came to the pandemic, for example, Microsoft wasn’t slow in ensuring the safety of its staff. The company was also proactive in researching just what effect working from home was having on its employees. (Spoiler: Not entirely positive.)

    Moreover, having seen Zoom become a brand name, a verb, and a lifestyle, Redmond took great and swift pains to make people realize there’s an alternative — some would say a better one — called Microsoft Teams.

    You’ve seen it, perhaps, during NBA games. People pretend to be together when they’re not.

    Redmond even offered subtle mockery of Zoom, in order to make Teams seem like the more secure option used by the world’s sensible people.

    The company’s

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    iPhone 12 Release Date: No One Knows Exactly But We Have a Good Idea

    If you are desperately looking for when Apple will release the iPhone 12 — don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything. No one knows yet.

    Apple has not announced the release date of the ‌iPhone 12‌. That said, we have a pretty good idea of when it is likely to come out. Historically, Apple has been very predictable about when the newest iPhone comes out. For the past 7 years, Apple has been releasing them like clockwork in September of each year. Sometimes specific models might get delayed a few weeks or as late as November in the case of the ‌iPhone‌ X, but they were all still announced in September.

    iPhone 12 release date October

    This year, due to the pandemic, Apple has run into some supply chain issues that has affected the launch of the ‌iPhone 12‌. We know this because many rumors from Apple’s suppliers have said just that. In an unusual move,

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    A Sound Idea for Harnessing Emerging Market Dividends

    Developing economies remain a compelling avenue for income ideas and one of the more practical ideas for tapping that income stream is the ALPS Emerging Sector Dogs ETF (NYSEArca: EDOG).

    EDOG, which debuted over six years ago, tracks the performance of the S-Network Emerging Sector Dividend Dogs Index. The index is comprised of the highest paying stocks, or “Dividend Dogs,” from the S-Network Emerging Markets Index, which holds large-cap, emerging market stocks. The Dividend Dogs include the five stocks in each of the ten Global Industry Classification Standard sectors that make up the S-Network Emerging Markets.

    “Emerging markets aren’t among the first places investors typically think of when scanning for dividend stocks, but they can offer reliable and growing payers,” reports Lawrence Strauss for Barron’s. “It’s important to tread carefully, however, given risks such as currency fluctuations and less rigorous corporate governance in certain cases.”


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