This is the kick-off to a new and improved section of the existing blog, the “Teaching STS” section, which is just been transformed to the “Teaching STS/FS” section, and each new and old post in this section will be differentiated with a “Teaching STS” or “Teaching FS” in the title to help sort things out.
This image above comes from “plan59” and was found through a great blog, “paleofuture” (similar cool stuff on pintrest too). In the past, we’ve used this image, which is closer to the year 1900 than it is to present day, as a teaching tool.
The idea is to open-up discussion with students.
First, we ask — “what did McNabb get right and what did he get wrong in his 41 year prediction into the future?” The image itself helps to generate dialog, as it can be used directly during discussion to elucidate or argument points of contention. In Futures Studies, images of the future, as discussed widely but, in particular, in Wendell Bell’s Foundations of Futures Studies, have been used to project, predict, and dialog about possible, plausible, and probable futures. Depictions, a special kind of prediction, are typical of so much planning for the future, and students are then challenged to,
Then, Third, we ask the students about Skype and FaceTime, the purpose being: “how did McNabb get video calling correct, but botch the date so badly?” (by 3 years, in this, case — what does it mean to be wrong about the timing, if 3 years can be considered “wrong” in the first place?)
Then, finally or Forth, we ask: “Is there a diet pill in the future keeping everyone’s weight down and what about that guy smoking above children — is he smoking or vapping or what?” What would need to be the case for this to be a healthy world we are living in? (I land my helicopter care, with three women at home, my designer dog, someone is preparing a meal, another is doing ultrasonic laundry, etc. … what are we to make of this?)