A look at what – and who – is pushing the future in new directions

Brain Food: 3D Games, Gender Pay Gaps and Holidays Under the Sea

Fewer links than usual this week (we took the day off from pushing the future on Monday), but quality over quantity!

One Week Job
Like a lot of us, Sean Aiken graduated college and had no idea what he wanted to do with his life. (His childhood goal of being a professional basketball player was about as fruitful as my early figure skating dreams.) Instead of jumping into something, however, he took an epic journey around North America, working 52 jobs in 52 weeks to try to find his passion. Now, he’s trying to help others do the same.

PlayStation Move Could Give 3D Games a Whole New Meaning (Wired)
The upcoming “Move” system from PlayStation looks a lot like the Wii and, in a lot of ways, it is. However, it’s also a totally immersive system with an unprecedented amount of 3D gaming potential. We’re talking about enough potential to turn your entire living room into a videogame, people.

‘Reverse’ Gender Gap Pay Among Young Workers (MPR)
A surprising finding in the latest census data shows that young, single, childless women are out-earning their male counterparts by about eight percent. A fascinating discussion on MPR weighs in on the reasons for this new trend — with women attaining more education than men being the leading answer.

‘Arthur Clarke’s 1964 Predictions for the Future (Coilhouse)
In 1964, Arthur Clarke (author of 2001: A Space Odyssey) appeared on the BBC’s “Horizon” program to offer his predictions for the future. Some are terrifying, like the idea of the entire world turning into one giant suburb. Others, like domed communities on icecaps, holidays under the sea (!), planetary engineering, and recording directly onto the brain, are delightful and will hopefully be realized someday.

Article By: Megan Weisenberger

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