Realistic Science Fiction Provides Insight Into Earth in 2070
A group of University of Wisconsin researchers released a series of science-based scenarios envisioning life in the year 2070. But these scenarios go beyond science, into the realm of science fiction, hovering over what one researcher calls "the edge of plausibility."
Written by science writer Jenny Seifert, the scenarios are stories with characters and vivid detail, such as elephants roaming a newly arid Wisconsin, or robots that work the land and text farmers when the harvest is done. Local artist John Miller was commissioned to illustrate the stories, adding yet another dimension of whimsy to this very serious matter.
The idea was to amplify existing trends (such as technological innovation, unchecked phosphorus pollution, and government inaction) in order to raise more tangible awareness about the dangers or benefits of current social and environmental conditions.
"The actions we're taking today cast a very long shadow into the future," says Center for Limnology director Steve Carpenter.
"We decided to control our future, instead of letting it happen."
For more information, or to read some of the scenarios dreamed up, click here.