The Retrofuturist Chronicles

What is retrofuturism? The future as seen from the past? The past as seen from the future? Or perhaps just nostalgia for a time when innovation was looked on with romance and optimism. In nearly every aspect, the world today is a better than at any other time in human history. And our future? Our future is in the hands of today’s youth …The Retrofuturist Chronicles center on a 12-year-old girl named Miranda who is affable and bright but disempowered because of her age. Each episode begins with Miranda expressing concerns about something in her life.In turn, those concerns always remind Miranda’s kind-of-crazy retrofuturist spinster Aunt Natalie of some extraordinary absurdist exploit that she’s had. Aunt Natalie’s tall tales are never constrained by time, place, logic, or even laws of physics. She often invokes historic people and incidents and makes outrageous claims. But she inspires Miranda with fantastic tales of past innovations that have just enough truth in them to be intriguing and uplifting...

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episode 7: On the Fly


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Miranda is struggling with the library’s old technology and accidently destroys a reel for the microfilm reader. 

Amidst the chaos of the librarian trying to fix the broken machine and other students freaking out about their classes not going well, Miranda foresees a bleak future as the entire world learns that she’s completely obliterated a part of history.

Aunt Natalie tries to distract her by relating an account of her time at Poland’s “Flying University” when future Nobel laureate Marie Curie was her lab partner. Initially Miranda thinks it was a school for flight attendants but is intrigued to learn that it was actually a clandestine, underground “school” that operated in Warsaw for students who were denied an education for various reasons.

The episode concludes with SAP executives discussing the future for institutions of higher education as they increasingly evolve to become customer centric.


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 2020-12-08  18m