What The Street Signs Of Our Sci-Fi Future Will Look Like


Public announcements about synthetic biology and 3D printed food.

Ross Brooks
  • 14 may 2014

Smart machines, synthetic biology, and other sci-fi technology are slowly making their way into our daily lives. To try and show what life would be like when we accept these things as normal, Fernando Barbella has created “Signs From The Near Future,” a collection of futuristic signage that might soon be a reality. Phrases like “Left lane free for driverless cars” and “15% off on synthetic burgers!” could be the new stop signs and promotional offers of the world in which we live.

The outflow of articles related to elaborate new technologies is what gave [name] the idea to create a series of fabricated signs.

Most of the inspiration came from several articles and posts I’ve been reading lately: neuroscientists are making real progress in finding ways to read people’s minds with machines, nanomedicine is one area experiencing rapid and dramatic growth nowadays, tech companies like Google, Ford, Volvo and Audi are making great efforts in order to launch some autonomous cars in a couple of years.

As with developments that happened in the past, the signs would also serve as instructions to those unfamiliar with the latest technology. Barbella compared the idea to reading an instruction manual about how to program your first VCR, or navigating the labyrinth of features on your smartphone for the first time.

Barbella also has his suspicions that the signs would be the only way that some people could navigate their way through daily lives. “I feel that as we [become] increasingly depend on technology, we will probably have less space for individual judgment to make decisions.”

You can see that the designer has a very defined idea of how he sees the future.

“Futurist predictions in technology can be exciting or downright scary. Here are some exercises on what we can expect to see in the near future on a daily basis. Machines and science that either enhance or replace activities and products near and dear to us. New materials, mashups between living organisms and nanotechnologies, improved capabilities for formerly “dumb” and inanimate things… We better get used to them!”

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