13 results for “Alternative Realities”

The alien superorganism in ‘Annihilation’

July 30th 2020

Annihilation (2018) is all about The Shimmer. A meteorite has crashed around a lighthouse and the area is slowly expanding. From the outside it looks like an oil slick bouncing off the sun, but once inside The Shimmer you initially get a magical, fairytale feel. If you look a little further, it appears that something is not right. Several expeditions have entered the area, only nobody came out.

To Lena's husband (Natalie Portman), Kane returns completely dazed and visits his …

The sentient superorganism in ‘The Black Cloud’

July 30th 2020

A landmark of British science fiction, The Black Cloud (1957) was the first novel by world-renowned astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle (1915-2001), who used his own scientific background to create a frighteningly real apocalyptic thriller in which, Hoyle said, “there is very little that could not conceivably happen.”

Astronomers in England and America have made a terrifying discovery: an ominous black cloud the size of Jupiter is travelling straight towards our solar system. If their calculations are correct, the cloud’s path …

Next Generation: VR creator Bas Jansen asks, is there a place for humans?

Freya Hutchings
March 2nd 2020

This story is part of Next Generation, a series in which we give young makers a platform to showcase their work. Want to see your work here? Get in touch and plot your coordinates as we navigate our future together.

Meet Bas Jansen, 3D artist and speculative world builder, with a degree in 3D animation from the University of Arts, Utrecht. Jansen is currently deepening his theoretical knowledge by studying Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. In his latest VR film, Artificial World …

The Economy of Ecology

Lewis Just
January 6th 2017
What if we could redesign the system to work for humanity and the planet we call home? What would the economy of ecology look like?

Your Data Is Worth More Than You Think

Lewis Just
November 19th 2016
How valuable are your data?

Solar Energy: the Hottest New Currency

Lewis Just
September 22nd 2016
Energy-backed money could help transition humanity to a more sustainable world, both environmentally and economically.

Time Is a Universal Currency

Lewis Just
July 1st 2016
The principle behind a time based currency is usually very simple: one hour of work equals a unit of time.

Legally Stealing $60Million of Cryptocurrency

Lewis Just
June 25th 2016
All it takes to steal $60million worth of cryptocurreny is to create a child DAO. Sounds too good to be true...

Rating the Reputation Economy

Lewis Just
May 17th 2016
Our online reputation is becoming a valuable currency that is hard to earn and easy to lose.

A Cryptocurrency Helping to Cure Cancer

Lewis Just
May 4th 2016
Part two of a ten part series exploring the design of an invisible technology: money.
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