Blogs

How Do You Reformat the Drive on a Martian Rover?

September 1, 2014 - A labour of love is about to be carried out by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) involving

A Conversation About Vanishing Islands Before a Baseball Game

August 31, 2014 - As we waited for the gate to open for the Buffalo Bisons-Pawtucket Red Sox baseball game last week on the last evening of our vacation, I noticed a gentleman nearby wearing a

Canadian Provincial Premiers Decide on a National Energy Strategy that Includes Climate Change Action

August 30, 2014 - In a rare display of unanimity Canada's provincial leaders at their annual conference have outlined a national energy strategy.

What will Limit Government on Tomorrow’s Trans-Border Digital Earth?

Do you control your screens or do they control you? Advertisers dive into your brain for free (to you) from the minute you begin to gurgle. In tomorrow’s digital world you’ll decide and filter what’s on your screens. One control will be a personal paywall so you can be paid for your attention. When this makes your mind into your property, you will be able to sell it as often as you like.

Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry is All About the Past

August 29, 2014 - It is an inspiration to see the technological marvels that have gotten us to where we are today. And a great place to see this is Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.

Crowdfunding a Space Elevator - Welcome to LiftPort

While away on vacation, I read about LiftPort Group, a Kickstarter-funded space elevator project that received over $110,000 U.S. from more than 3,400 backers. The company, located in Tacoma, Washington, originally sought $8,000, so one would think this was largely fantasy, but with the amount of money that has come in it would seem it owes its investors something more than one it has delivered to-date.

The Futurist

In the September-October 2014 (Vol. 48, No. 5) Issue:

  • Futures Education: Teaching and Learning about the Future
  • Our Global Situation and Prospects for the Future
  • Seven Big Challenges for Pakistan—and the Lessons They Could Teach
  • Future View: 10 Questions for Machine Intelligence

Futurist Update

In the Current Issue:

  • Bracing for the Solar Superstorm to Come
  • Lessons from the Mongoose: Will Working Hard Now Make You a Slacker Tomorrow?
  • Googling the Crash before the Crash: Searches as Signals
  • Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy
  • Campaigning with Holograms
  • From "What If" to "What Next?" WorldFuture 2014 Conference Wraps Up
  • What's Hot in The Futurist magazine

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Interviews

Predictive—and Persuasive—Technology: an interview with Chris Surdak, author of Data Crush

Mobile and Web technologies are making more and more data about us consumers and our lifestyle habits available to businesses. And in growing degrees, businesses are finding ways to use the data to both predict and influence their customers’ buying decisions.

Ensuring More Food for All: An Interview with Danielle Nierenberg of Food Tank

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As the world population grows, and as its resource bases shrink, producing enough food to feed the world becomes a steeper and steeper challenge. But the world’s small farms are up to the task, argues Danielle Nierenberg, president of the “food think tank” Food Tank.

The Future of Sharing

Living comfortably has always, to some extent, relied on owning many goods. But this is becoming less and less the case. A new worldwide “sharing economy," composed of startup ventures whose products consumers rent or share instead of own, is blossoming across the globe.

Reviews of New Books

Not Yet Dead: The Science of Staying Alive

Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead
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Author(s): David Casarett M.D.
Publisher: Current Hardcover (2014)
Binding: Hardcover, 304 pages
List Price: $27.95

David Casarett describes developments of novel techniques that bring nearly dead and even fully dead patients back to the land of the living.

Strategies for Doing Business When Resources Are Few

Overfished Ocean Strategy: Powering Up Innovation for a Resource-Deprived World
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Author(s): Nadya Zhexembayeva
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (2014)
Binding: Hardcover, 208 pages
List Price: $27.95

Fish populations across the world are withering under unrelenting pressure from human population growth and rising demand for seafood. … Within this crisis lies a golden opportunity …

Teens and Social Media: Debunking the Myths

It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens
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Author(s): danah boyd
Publisher: Yale University Press (2014)
Binding: Hardcover, 296 pages
List Price: $25.00

Social media plays a huge role in young people’s lives and will continue to do so, but how exactly are its young users using it?

Strategies for Appropriate Development

Innovating for the Global South: Towards an Inclusive Innovation Agenda (Rotman/Utp - Monk Series on Global Affairs)
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Author(s): Dilip Soman, Janice Gross Stein, Joseph Wong
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (2014)
Binding: Paperback, 192 pages
List Price: $22.95

The world has made some progress in relieving poverty and improving health in the world’s poorest countries, but it will take new methods …

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Commerce

Today, many voice long-familiar concerns about technological unemployment, where computers, robots, and machines are automating our jobs out of...

Earth

August 31, 2014 - As we waited for the gate to open for the Buffalo Bisons-Pawtucket Red Sox baseball game last week on the last evening of our...

Futuring

Do you control your screens or do they control you? Advertisers dive into your brain for free (to you) from the minute you begin to gurgle. In...

Humanity

What is harder than finding the right answers?  Asking the right questions.

In Zen Buddhism, a koan is a short story or question that...

Sci/Tech

September 1, 2014 - A labour of love is about to be carried out by the...

Governance

August 30, 2014 - In a rare display of unanimity Canada's provincial leaders at their annual conference have outlined a...