Not everyone feels so optimistic. In his Signs of the Near Future Tumblr, designer Fernando Barbella imagines a dystopian future, where we’re being watched and warned at every turn. Streets don’t just have yield signs and stop signs; they have yellow warnings that drones are watching. In bathrooms, visitors are warned that, “All selfies taken with your smart contact lenses will be shared in real time with the proper authorities.”
By pairing familiar public settings (elevators, TSA scanners, butcher counters) with blasé reminders about exoskeletons and sales on synthetic meat, Barbella offers a darkly funny glimpse into the future. Less funny? That future has already arrived.