Every once in a while, something will pop up in the news that makes me think "Gee, I guess we really are living in the future!". It's almost completely subjective, or course, as it very much depends on when you were born and what your reaction to our evolving technology and society is.
Personally, one of my biggest realizations was rather unfortunate; it dawnwd on me a couple of years ago just how close we are to emulating the dystopian society George Orwell wrote about back in the 1950's in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
On a perhaps more positive, or at least optimistic note, a space-borne nation state is being proposed, to be called Asgardia, after the Norse realm of Asgard (yes, Thor's homeland). Now, that sounds pretty futuristic.
Speaking to the Guardian through an interpreter, the project lead Igor Ashurbeyli, said: “Physically the citizens of that nation state will be on Earth; they will be living in different countries on Earth, so they will be a citizen of their own country and at the same time they will be citizens of Asgardia.”TheGuardian
“When the number of those applications goes above 100,000 we can officially apply to the UN for the status of state,” he added.