Popular culture provides many visions of the future. From The Jetsons
, Black Mirror
to Minority Report
, Western culture has predicted a future predicated on innovations in technology. In his new book for the MIT Essential Knowledge Series, The Future
(MIT Press, 2017), Nick Montfort
examines the writings of previous futurist writers, thinkers, and designers to provide an understanding of how the future can be constructed. In so doing, Montfort argues that the future is something we can shape instead of only predict.