Category Archives: Future studies

The History of Technological Anxiety and the Future of Economic Growth

Technology is widely considered the main source of economic progress, but it has also generated cultural anxiety throughout history. From generation to generation, literature has often portrayed technology as alien, incomprehensible, increasingly powerful and threatening, and possibly uncontrollable. So it … Continue reading

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Futures Metacognition – A Progressive Understanding of Futures Thinking

Human thinking about the future, or futures thinking, is probably the most complex process in the universe. But, very much like the phenomenon of time in which we are also comprehensively embedded in our existence, it is both extremely close … Continue reading

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Quantifying the Advantage of Looking Forward

We introduce a future orientation index to quantify the degree to which Internet users worldwide seek more information about years in the future than years in the past. We analyse Google logs and find a striking correlation between the country’s … Continue reading

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FuturICT – A Knowledge Accelerator to Explore and Manage Our Future in a Strongly Connected World

The FuturICT Knowledge Accelerator is a previously unseen multidisciplinary international scientific endeavour with focus on techno-socio-economic-environmental systems. The ultimate goal of the FuturICT flagship project is to understand and manage complex, global, socially interactive systems, with a focus on sustainability … Continue reading

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Three scenarios for the future – lessons from the sociology of knowledge

This review draws on social realist approaches in the sociology of knowledge and, in light of them, constructs three scenarios for the future of education in the next decades. The focus of the review is on one of the most … Continue reading

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The Future of Work and implications for Education

This report considers how the nature of work and employment is likely to change over the next few decades, in the context of developments in technology and other key drivers of change. It summarises the main trends in employment patterns … Continue reading

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The Future of Food and Farming: Challenges and choices for global sustainability

The final report of the Foresight project Global Food and Farming Futures, which set out to explore the increasing pressures on the global food system over the next 40 years was published on 24 January 2011. The Report, The Future … Continue reading

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Speculations on the Future of Science

Science will continue to surprise us with what it discovers and creates; then it will astound us by devising new methods to surprises us. At the core of science’s self-modification is technology. New tools enable new structures of knowledge and … Continue reading

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