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.
Our host, SAP’s Global Vice President of Marketing for the Intelligent Enterprise and Industries, provides commentary at the conclusion of each story, separating the patently nonsensical from the nearly unbelievable reality.
Finally, we’re joined by SAP’s Futurist at and VP of Industries who, together, explore the future of innovation, industry by industry.
It’s Always Great
“What are you talking about? You mean not just for a short time? You’re like going away – going away? But what about me?”
“Aren’t there enough body-shaming issues in middle school without throwing “fatty liver” into the mix? Does my liver look fat?”
“When I opened the door, that Great Dane knocked me off the porch and I cracked my skull. This is my 7th concussion this week!”
Pranks a Lot
“Seriously? You’re going to explain that joke to me? I get it. And the only funny part is that you think it’s funny.”
Crises and All That Jazz
“Fire Miranda! Fire! Fire! Fire! Get out of the house. Get out of the house now! Get the emergency ladder! Go to the window!”
On the Fly
“I’ve just shredded 1931! I’ve shredded 1931 out of existence! I’m 12 years old and I have destroyed an entire year of humanity!”