Futurism: A Preface

Throughout history, the human experience has been caught in a trauma of ebbs and flows, with nothing to guide it but a vision of the future. Whether our ancestors chose to rally behind leaders who had dared to imagine the world of tomorrow or simply hoped that they would live to experience a day free from their hardships, the dream of a brighter future – whatever “brighter” might have entailed – had always been a rallying motive to alleviate the potentially difficult circumstances of their time.

Following the 2016 election of Donald J. Trump in the United States, which invited hopelessness into a large segment of the country’s population, the more recent escalation of global threats of war, and the seemingly accelerated erosion of democracy everywhere, attempting to shed a positive light on our tomorrow has proven itself to be more and more difficult.

This week, Graphite chose to look ahead, beyond our current circumstances, and explore what the future might hold, for better or for worse. As we live longer and longer, will we see the day where artificial intelligence will best us? Will the state of modern agriculture become a forlorn and distant memory, having been replaced by a sterile industry rooted in bio-engineering rather than traditional practices? Will we have to review the way we consider life as nature relinquishes its rights to creation?

None of us are capable of answering these questions with any certainty today. But projecting ourselves into the realm of the hypothetical is the first step in ensuring that we eventually conquer our future obstacles, lest we be the victims of a world we are incapable of confronting.

— Cat